So this is the new "big deal" in dental health. Let's talk about this. The claims that are made about oil pulling on not just dental health but overall health are pretty impressive to say the least!
Now just looking at the possible health benefits on the above list makes me wanna run right out and milk a coconut! What's that old saying? If it seems too good to be true it probably is.....
Now just speaking about the possible dental benefits (because I certainly have no leg to stand on when it comes to the rest of the human body....did you see what I did there?! No LEG to stand on...Pulling my leg....oil pulling!?) Never mind, it was clever in my head. Moving on....
Oil pulling has been around for centuries in Asia and India. And I am sure some people feel that it has benefits to their health, I, however, am skeptical. The American Dental Association (ADA) notes that there is not enough scientific evidence to prove oil pulling is beneficial to your oral health at all. Without reliable research and testing, the ADA cannot recommend the practice. At best, swishing with oil is ineffective.
Now lets talk about convenience.....or lack there of...
The recommended usage is to gargle or "pull" the oil throughout your mouth for 20 minutes 1-2 times per day! Say it louder for the people in the back. GARGLE FOR 20 MINUTES 1-2 TIMES PER DAY!
Lets put this in perspective...most people don't floss because they don't have time.
Flossing right before bed takes about a minute, maybe 2 minutes if you aren't good at it, but its relatively quick. Call it laziness on my part but there is NO WAY I'm oil pulling for 40 minutes per day.
If you think of plaque like honey, it's thick and sticky. If you spilled honey on your counter top you would have to physically wipe it off you couldn't just spray water or oil on it and expect it to go away. That's essentially what flossing is....It's the act of wiping. We know a few things for certain when it comes to dental health. We know for a fact that bacteria in the mouth needs to be physically removed every few hours (because that's how fast the bacterial colonies reproduce). Not to mention that oil pulling can over work your Masseter muscle especially if you already have jaw, or TMJ, pain.
So what's the take away here? This is a blog this is my professional OPINION, but flossing is quicker and easier and we know the efficacy. So keep on FLOSSIN'.