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Oil Pulling Good for Your Health?
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on May 08, 2014 @ 7:27PM
Created on May 08, 2014 @ 6:30PM

An ancient remedy to help whiten and brighten your teeth is making a comeback and many are heading right to their own kitchen cabinets to get the quick fix.

We all use oil on a day-to-day basis, whether it be for cooking or fueling up at the gas station. But now oil is taking on a new role.

Several are trading in their mouthwash and are swapping it with olive oil and coconut oil. It's all called oil pulling. The remedy promises to help brighten up those pearly whites and even bring relief to allergy suffers.

The new trend is gaining popularity and has many curious to try the quick fix.

"I've just recently heard about the whole oil pulling, the benefits as far as whitening your teeth, people use it for weight loss, or getting rid of toxins. I personally would look into it to try it," said Denah Dannunzio, Bridgeport Resident.

Oil pulling is not something new, it has been an ancient practice. But several health advocates are leading the push to promote the natural cause.

"I think our society as a whole is looking for more all natural methods to just traditional care. The main thing that we want to reiterate here is that these alternative methods are wonderful, but it doesn't replace coming to your dentist, seeing your hygienist every six months for traditional care," said Jennifer Grilli, RDH.

Experts say you should take a teaspoon of oil, gargle with it for 20 minutes, and you will eventually begin to see results. Fans of oil pulling say it helps freshens their breath, brightens their teeth, and provides relief from allergy season.

Yet many say we need to learn more about this new practice before we ditch the mouthwash.

"People believe it's beneficial so I don't know if there's been a lot of research. This is something new, so I think we will see the benefits of it," said Hania Mullens, RDH.

If you're feeling brave and want to experiment with this new trend, experts say the best time to practice oil pulling is in the morning. So the next time you head to your dentist office, you may want to bring that bottle of cooking oil along with you.

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May 09, 2014 at 10:19 AM
I can vouch for oil pulling - but please, please don't use plain cooking oil! Swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil for 20 minutes actually has made my teeth shinier and has gotten rid of the strange breath that braces bring. It is really strange the first time, so it takes some getting used to! I still use mouth wash afterwards briefly to kill the germs, since I can't say for certain that it disinfects like Scope, but you really do wonder what it's pulling, since it isn't as pretty white afterwards as it was going in!
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