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Oil Pulling

Should you try “oil pulling”?  Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic folk practice that dates back 3,000 to 5,000 years.  Advocates claim that swishing with any type of oil (usually coconut oil) in your mouth every day for 20 minutes will whiten your teeth, reduce bacteria, freshen your breath and protect against heart disease.  There are very few limited studies done on oil pulling and the ADA emphasizes in their policy on unconventional dentistry: the provision of dental care should be based on sound scientific principles. Although oil pulling won’t cause any harm, you can accomplish the same results with brushing and flossing in less time and if needed, you can supplement your home care with an antiseptic mouth rinse.

Source:  Science in the News, American Dental Association (ADA)

– from Pam B. (Dental Hygienist)

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