Many celebrities are touting the miracle benefits of ‘oil pulling’ for oral health. Oil Pulling replaces brushing your teeth with swishing natural oils instead. Here in our South Holland, IL office, we have seen countless news stories on the latest ‘dental’ trend: oil pulling. While we can’t believe anyone would try this as an alternative to brushing their teeth, your South Holland IL dentists have compiled a short list of why Oil Pulling is NOT a replacement for a good old fashioned toothbrush!
Oil Pulling is not a revolutionary idea, and has been around for decades. Despite its longevity, it is not a proper replacement for brushing your teeth! Brushing your teeth, with or without toothpaste, breaks up the plaque that forms on your teeth. Your toothbrush is also a delivery method for your toothpaste – which contains cavity fighting fluoride.
The only benefit that has been seen in scientific studies was a small improvement in gum inflammation, which can also be achieved by brushing, flossing, and visiting your South Holland, IL Dentist regularly.