It’s done by swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes a day on an empty stomach. Advocates claim a host of dental benefits by supposedly drawing out toxins in the body, primarily to improve oral health. Benefits include prevention of halitosis (bad breath), reduction of overall bacteria, stronger gums and whiter teeth. Although any type of oil is effective, most people use coconut oil due to its high antibacterial properties. Patients have also reported less TMJ pain, clearer sinuses and improvement with acne, psoriasis and eczema. Although there’s relatively little conclusive trial data about the benefits of oil pulling, it’s apparent that coconut oil does make a great substitute for mouthwash. Coconut oil contains Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant with antifungal and antibacterial properties. The long-term effects are still unknown, but people have reported great results. At the very least, we do know cleaning our mouth with oil will not have a harmful effect. So if you’re looking for a way to boost your oral health, try oil pulling.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
› Miami native Dr. Jessica Eagan graduated from New York University College Of Dentistry, where she achieved multiple degrees in dentistry. She now practices in her state-of-the-art dental office located in the heart of The Roads; DrJEagan.com.
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