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Oil Pulling Therapy – is an ancient medicinal technique that involves swishing special oils in the mouth. It is mentioned in ancient literature describing oil pulling therapy as capable of both improving oral health and treating systemic diseases such as diabetes, sinus infection, or asthma. There is little to no scientific evidence backing these claims but there have been a few oil pulling therapy studies that have shown a reduction in dental plaque, bad breath, and even gingivitis.

Oil Pulling Therapy Procedure

Oil pulling therapy involves rinsing the mouth with one tablespoon of oil.  Sesame oil, sunflower oil, or coconut oil  are the most recommended. The oils have antibacterial properties.When you rinse with oil, you should move the oil slowly through the mouth so as to cover all surfaces. This swishing and rinsing should be done for about 5-20 minutes. The theory behind this is that as the oil is travelling around it is ‘pulling’ toxins, bacteria and waste from inside the mouth and body and collecting it in the oil so that it can be removed from the body. As you continue to rinse and swish the oil becomes thinner and thinner. If the oil is still yellowish in color, it has not been pulled for a long enough period of time. When completed, you should rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.

The oil pulling /swishing is done best before breakfast for healing, before bed for dry mouth issues. To accelerate the healing process, it can be repeated three times a day,  before meals. The oil will help prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth when you do eat your meal, and will help moisten and protect oral tissues when suffering from dry mouth. It has also been known to help keep teeth whiter. If you are using oil at night to help with dryness, brush and floss first, then try swishing for a short period of time and swallowing to hydrate the throat.

Dental Uses For Oil Pulling Therapy

Oil pulling therapy has been used for many years as a natural remedy to prevent the following:

Tooth Decay.

Gingivitis (bleeding gums).

-Halitosis (Bad breath).

-Stained Teeth.

-Dry Mouth.

-Dry Throat.

-Chapped Lips.

-Sinus Infections.

Oil Pulling Therapy Side Effects

The act of Oil Pulling is completely harmless and doesn’t have any adverse side effects that are known. There have been reports of gagging when first beginning oil pulling therapy but many seem to get over that after the first couple of uses. You should always thoroughly wash your mouth out and brush your teeth after oil pulling therapy to reduce toxins, but not at night as it will help keep the mouth hydrated. It is also a good idea to spit the oil in the trash  rather than your sink as oil residue can build up in the sink and drain.

Conclusion

To date there has been little to no scientific studies regarding oil pulling therapy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. The therapy has been around for centuries, and used by many. Once you get past the initial odd feeling of swishing oil, it becomes easier to do. It is a good option to try when other more traditional therapies are not working, or you prefer natural therapies.

For a long time now, it has been recommended to brush and floss to maintain good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing alone may not be enough for many patients. The

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Oral Rinses Can Keep Your Smile Shining!

addition of an oral rinse can offer unique benefits that brushing and flossing are unable to achieve. Some of the oral rinses on the market can be used to treat gingivitis, assist in the remineralization of teeth, treat dry mouth, as well as help whiten our teeth. The main advantage of an oral rinse is its ability to reach all areas of the mouth, between teeth, and under the tongue. This gives it the ability to reach bacteria that normal brushing and flossing may not.

Types Of Oral Rinses

There are many different kinds of oral rinses available in stores today they generally fall into two categories:

Cosmetic Oral Rinses. This type of rinse is used for purely cosmetic reasons including temporarily masking bad breath or teeth whitening agents to lighten color of teeth. These usually have antibacterial properties as well as anti cavity protection but not very potent in those areas. Cosmetic rinses are commercial, over the counter products that help remove oral debris before or after brushing, temporarily suppress bad breath, diminish bacteria in the mouth, and refresh the mouth with a pleasant taste, like mint. Cosmetic oral rinses reduce mouth odors, or halitosis. Some do kill bacteria for a short time, but there is no lasting health impact that you could ascribe to them. The bacteria killed by these types of mouth rinses will grow back eventually, and while you’ll have fresh and minty breath in the short-term, these rinses don’t actually improve your oral health.

Therapeutic Oral Rinses. This type of rinse is meant to fix a persistent oral issue such as gingivitis. Therapeutic rinses have all of the benefits of cosmetic rinses but also contain an added active ingredient that helps protect against some oral diseases. Therapeutic oral rinses are effective in two ways. One is to simply attack bacteria by stop it from reproducing or to kill it. The other newer way is to hinder the bacteria’s ability to attach itself to oral surfaces. If the bacteria cannot attach itself to any oral surfaces plaque cannot form. Dentists will prescribe special rinses for patients with the following issues:

1. Tooth Decay

2. Periodontal Disease

3. Gingival Inflammation

4. Dry Mouth (Xerostomia).
Therapeutic rinses also are highly recommended for those who cannot brush due to physical impairments or medical reasons. A good example is Chlorhexidine which is a very common oral rinse used to treat periodontal disease. It is powerful because its effects last longer than some of the other mouth rinses.

Are There Oral Rinses For Children?

Oral rinses are especially effective for children since their dexterity and attention to detail is usually less than that of an adult. The oral rinses will ensure all areas of the

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mouth are reached. Oral rinses for children generally have no alcohol and most usually do not have fluoride. They can be antibacterial or they can be used for pre brushing staining of plaque areas.

Oral Rinses Conclusion

Mouth rinses do serve a purpose, whether to freshen your breath or help fight plaque and gingivitis. They can be a vital addition to any oral hygiene regimen. Remember they are not a substitute for regular brushing and flossing. Those are still the main component of the at home oral hygiene program with oral rinses acting as a supplement. Recent studies have shown that oral rinses can reduce plaque and the risk of gingivitis when used in addition to tooth brushing compared with tooth brushing alone. Whatever oral rinse you choose, be sure to follow the instructions and avoid swallowing. As always visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations and professional cleanings. Remember, when choosing a mouth rinse product, pick one that has the ADA seal of approval.