Dental Health 101: Oil Pulling

Dental Health 101: Oil Pulling
September 23, 2014 BrightFlow Technologies

Dental Health 101: What is Oil Pulling?

Over the past few months there has been a bit of hype about “oil pulling” in the news and social media. It’s claim? Oil pulling advocates assert that swishing oil in your mouth daily will remove bacteria on your teeth and gums.

Because of the confusion and misinformation prevalent in today’s electronic age, Dentistry of the Carolinas is sharing the official position statement from the American Dental Association on this non-traditional dental practice.

The claim: Oil pulling can reduce bacteria in the mouth; can reduce plaque and gingivitis; and, can reduce bad breath.

Summary: There is currently not enough available scientific evidence that proves oil pulling works. Per the ADA, “oil pulling therapy has insufficient peer-reviewed scientific studies to support its use for oral conditions.”

The moral for your best dental health? Stick with what is proven “tried and true”. Nothing works better than sticking to the ADA’s recommendation of twice-daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. Of course, if you are visiting your dentist every six months, you probably already know this. If you haven’t been to a dentist in more than a year, take the time now to get an appointment. Dentistry of the Carolinas would love to treat your dental needs. You can schedule an appointment online at