Good oral hygiene is extremely important to practice and maintain. Many people forget the profound impact that dental health can have on the rest of the body. Those who do seek ways to ensure that their teeth and gums remain in good shape throughout the year and in between visits to their biological dentist.
Interestingly, new health trends often emerge and people become enthusiastic about following them for quicker, and presumably better, results. A dentist may advise you that not every fad should be followed without first understanding how it works and the risks that may be associated with it.
Recently, more people have been trying oil pulling—often without understanding the advantages and side effects of the procedure.
Let’s examine the facts, science, and history behind this practice.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling was originally derived from India and other areas within Southeast Asia. It involves swishing oil in the mouth in order to whiten teeth, remove oral bacteria and toxins, and improve overall body health. It is also believed to limit inflammation of the gums and freshen breath.
However, many holistic dentists advise that there isn’t enough science behind the practice and that there are, in fact, some negative consequences.
How is Oil Pulling Done?
Oil pulling is said to be done in two different ways: gandusa and kavala.
Gandusa simply means holding the oil inside your mouth for a few minutes without movement while kavala involves swishing it around or gargling.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has advised against oil pulling and recommends that daily brushing and flossing using fluoride toothpaste is still the best way to maintain strong and healthy teeth. They also stipulate that there has yet to be any scientific proof that oil pulling whitens teeth or minimizes the occurrence of cavities.
In fact, if you limit brushing using fluoride toothpaste, the chances of cavities may greatly increase.
Why You Should Not Practice Oil Pulling
You don’t want to end up permanently damaging your teeth.
When examined, some people who practice oil pulling actually end up with some prominent side effects, including:
- Muscular rigidity
- Loss of taste and sensation
- Dry mouth
- Extreme thirst
Practice Proper Dental Care
There is no shortcut to having glistening, white teeth.
You must continually practice proper dental care in order to have lasting benefits and good overall health. Brushing and flossing daily using fluoride, staying hydrated, and making nutritious food choices are some of the primary ways to ensure that the health of your mouth remains optimal.
There are facts, science and substantial evidence behind doing these things on a daily basis. These best practices result in good health and the wellbeing for your teeth, gums and the rest of your body.
Visiting your dentist for routine cleanings and consultations is also extremely important as they can advise you on the best ways to prevent issues and treat others in their early stages.
If you suspect that you are having any of the side effects mentioned above, call GOODHEALTH.dental today at (440) 542-1200 to set up an appointment. Dr. Scott Rose and the team are always doing the right thing for your oral health and wellbeing.