What Is Oil Pulling?

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Today’s La Costa Dental Excellence dental post looks at oil pulling; an alternative practice that has been generating a lot of buzz around Carlsbad. Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for up to twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The oil normally recommended is coconut oil.

It can help with gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath. Make sure you don’t swallow – and don’t spit in your sink (it could clog your pipes.) If that doesn’t turn you away, give it a try. Start with a small amount and a short time frame, and see if your breath improves.

La Costa Dental Excellence cautions patients not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings/exams with oil pulling. Oil pulling can be a supplemental therapy, but shouldn’t replace your traditional dental hygiene practices.

Scheduling twice-yearly exams at La Costa Dental Excellence in Carlsbad will ensure your dental health. Our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!


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