Coconut oil pulling is popular among many people. It was developed in India and has become very popular in other parts of the world as well. The practice involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth for 10-20 minutes to cleanse your teeth and gums. But the question stands, is coconut oil pulling good for your teeth?
No, it is not.
Oil pulling is not an effective way to clean your teeth. Oil pulling does not remove bacteria from the mouth or body, and in fact, it has never been shown to kill any germs at all on its own. Oil-pulling fans claim that it can prevent cavities by removing toxins—but there’s no scientific evidence for this claim as oil doesn’t have much of a chemical reaction with plaque.
The oil will not actually pull the bacteria out of your mouth.
The oils in your mouth are not going to absorb the bacteria and plaque off your teeth. The best way to remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth is with a toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. You should also see your dentist regularly for professional cleanings.
Generally, it’s a good idea to avoid oil pulling because there are no solid benefits. There is little research that supports coconut oil pulling, and the few studies that have been conducted show mixed results.
Some people may feel cleaner after doing it, but this is likely due to an increase in saliva production rather than any antibacterial properties of the oil itself.
Instead, it’s better to consult with your dentist about how to improve your oral hygiene routine. Simple changes to your routine like changing your toothpaste, floss, or more regular dentist visits can have a positive impact on your overall oral health.
If you’re interested in learning about what changes might improve your oral health and hygiene, contact the team at Litchfield Dental Associates today.