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By Ashley Harrison, DDS
March 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits  

Recently, there has been a large influx in the instances of articles explaining the benefits of regular coconut oil pulling. However, in the oral hygieneinternet age, it is important to zero in on the facts, especially when it comes to health trends which go viral online like oil pulling. Learn more about oil pulling with Dr. Ashley Harrison in Chico, CA.

What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is an age-old traditional folk remedy which is thought to have originated in India and Southern Asia. It is a form of holistic, alternative medicine. The practice of oil pulling itself involves placing about a tablespoon of oil into the mouth and swishing it through the teeth for anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Traditionally, oil pulling is thought to improve the health of the teeth and oral tissues and help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Is oil pulling beneficial to my teeth? 
According to the American Dental Association, the benefits thought to come from oil pulling have minimal scientific evidence and almost zero peer-reviewed scientific studies. Due to the lack of scientific backing, the American Dental Association does not recommend oil pulling as a supplement or replacement for the standard oral care routine which has proven to be successful in reducing tooth decay and gum disease and keeping your teeth and oral tissues healthy. Children and adults alike should use fluoride toothpaste to brush at least twice daily and floss at least once. However, at-home care is only one part of keeping your teeth truly healthy.

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Chico, CA
Seeing your dentist for routine dental examinations and cleanings helps catch problems before they start and treat issues like tooth decay as they appear. This helps avoid an inevitable toothache caused by untreated tooth decay among other issues. Additionally, regular cleanings remove built up plaque and tartar from the teeth, giving your smile a clean slate. Those who are at risk for dental issues should see their dentist at least twice a year.

For more information on coconut oil pulling, please contact Dr. Ashley Harrison in Chico, CA. Call (530) 894-5454 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Harrison today!