Trend Alert – Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling?

Claiming everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash.

Users swish, or “pull” one tablespoon of oil in their mouth for 10-20 minutes every day. The oil usually doubles in size due to collecting saliva and toxins from the mouth. Users are strongly warned to spit out the oil because it contains the microorganisms which pulling aims to extract. Oil is believed to draw toxins out of the mouth by sticking to their outer, fatty layer. Since oral hygiene is linked to health in all parts of the body, it’s believed that the benefits of oil pulling go beyond just your mouth.

Does oil pulling really work?

The jury is still out on oil pulling. Some dentists favor the practice more than others. Beyond anecdotal evidence and some preliminary studies, there’s not absolute proof that oil pulling does what it claims to do. This doesn’t mean it’s all a lie. In fact, coconut oil does contain vitamins and antimicrobials that might make a good addition to many of your personal hygiene routines. Still, for the most desirable results, your best bet is to make an appointment with your West Salem dentist and receive a full, personalized dental care plan.

Should I try oil pulling?

Taking an active role in your own wellbeing is certainly important, but remember nothing can replace the experience and wisdom of a licensed dentist. West Salem residents are encouraged to make an appointment at Waterloo Heights Dental Care for a consultation and to discuss dental care options with our dentists.

At-home health regimes can have a very positive effect, so you may want to try oil pulling for yourself. You may or may not get the results you were hoping for, but it likely won’t hurt. For optimum oral health, the recommendation remains to brush your teeth twice daily, floss or clean between the teeth once daily, and visit your dentist twice a year. Be sure you try oil pulling in addition to these recommendations … not in place of them!

If you suspect you have a real problem with gum disease, bad breath or other health concerns, do not rely on oil pulling to fix these issues. Call Dr. Shih at Waterloo Heights Dental Care today for an appointment to discuss all your ideas and desires for a healthier smile.

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As a general dentist with a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and implant restoration, I believe that a beautiful, healthy smile is a person’s greatest asset. I emphasize the need to establish good communication between the doctor and patient to achieve this goal. With a strong commitment to continuing education, I believes that it is important to stay abreast of the latest, cutting edge techniques and procedures in the area of cosmetic dentistry. I attended UCLA as an undergraduate and continued my education at the Northwestern University School of Dentistry, where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 1977. I completed the Noblepharma Implant Mini-residency and hold Waterlase and Invisalign Advanced Certification. I am a member of the American Dental Association, The Wisconsin Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society, the American Association of Women Dentists, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. A resident of the Stoughton area since 2008, I am active in my church and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. I enjoy gourmet cooking, reading, gardening and traveling in my spare time. I am married with three grown children, all of whom currently live in Chicago.

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