You may have heard about “oil pulling,” and its supposed benefits for your oral health. Oil pulling is the practice of swishing oils, like coconut oil or olive oil, in your mouth. Some claim that oil pulling can whiten teeth, improve dental health, and even improve overall well-being. The practice of oil pulling has been around for centuries, and originates from practices in Asia and the middle east. Are the age-old health claims true? According to the American Dental Association and other health professionals, the answer is No. Currently, there is no scientific evidence to support the claims that oil pulling reduces cavities, whitens teeth, or promotes overall well-being. The A-D-A does not recommend oil pulling as a dental hygiene practice. The most important thing to keep your teeth healthy is to brush with a fluoridated toothpaste twice daily and floss between your teeth once per day.
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