Is Oil Pulling Healthy For Your Teeth And Gums?

Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here at Kantor Dental Group, Aesthetic Dentistry and Implantology. Today, I want to talk about oil pulling. This is something you may have heard a lot about in the news. You pull coconut oil for about a half hour. You’re swishing an oil for a half hour, which is a long time. And my thoughts on it are that it probably does have some significant effects on your gums. There have been studies with natural oils that are helpful for your gums. Listerine actually, the active ingredient in Listerine is not alcohol. I know. The active ingredient is essential oils. There’s eucalyptol, eugenol, menthol. And so oil pulling is helpful for your teeth in that it’s healthy for your gums, but it’s a lot quicker to use Listerine. The alcohol in Listerine is used to help the oils go into solution. So that way you can swish it and the active ingredient is faster at getting to your teeth and gums. So instead of oil pulling, consider Listerine or an essential oil type product that is made for dentistry.

Another thing I’ve heard is that oil pulling is good for whitening teeth. This, I have not seen. I’ve seen no studies on it. It’s possible however, whitening your teeth with intrinsic stains, the best way to do that is with a hydro-peroxide solution, very strong one, that you can get at your dentist. Again, my name is Dr. Grey Kantor at Kantor Dental Group. We are in San Rafael, California. Thanks for listening and please subscribe.

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