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Could Oil Pulling Help Your Smile?


Posted on 6/20/2017 by Office Manager
A jar of coconut oil.
Is oil pulling something you should be doing? Some people have never considered doing it before, while others have never heard of it. Oil pulling is a great tool for helping to rid your mouth of bacteria and debris.

It involves you using oil as a mouthwash for up to 20 minutes per day, which can greatly reduce problems in your mouth and help improve your overall oral health. Is it something you should be doing?

Oil Pulling Has the Potential to Help Almost Everyone

Oil pulling is a simple process, but it does require some getting used to.

Typically, you only swish with something like coconut oil, as it helps your mouth heal and reduce inflammation. You start off with a warmed-up tablespoon of oil, and you swish for about 30 seconds.

As you get used to the texture, you swish longer. The goal is to swish for 20 minutes per day. The oil easily gets between each tooth, and allows you the ability to get your mouth deep cleaned from the comfort of your own home.

The only downsides that people have noted when it comes to oil pulling is some people experience an increase in tooth sensitivity at first, which eventually fades, and some people struggle with swishing with something as thick as oil.

This is a skill you develop over time. The recommended way for you to start doing it is by starting off with 30 second intervals and increasing the time.

Contact our office about their stance on oil pulling before you start it. Most dentists want their patients to do anything they can to improve their oral health, but others don't see the benefits yet of oil pulling.

Find out their opinion just to make sure that you aren't doing something they feel wouldn't help your oral health.

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