Dentists Oil Pulling

“Scientific Evidence Does Not Support Benefits Of Oil Pulling”

This was the recent headline in the American Dental Association’s publication, although this may cause some heated debate, let’s take a look at the oral health benefits of this traditional remedy.

Refinery 29 (6/20, Jacoby) talked about oil pulling in the recent article, stating, “…that although the ancient, traditional folk remedy has experienced a resurgence in recent years as a way to improve oral health, there is no proof it actually does so.” What the ADA is stating here relates to peer-reviewed scientific journal-type evidence. It does not mean that it does NOT work for millions of people. At Main Street Dental we practice evidenced based dentistry, and in doing so we also respect remedies that have worked for thousands of years. Dr. Seth’s wife, Brittany provides essential-oil based oral rinses for tooth sensitivity on top of Potassium Nitrate supplemental tooth paste, varnishes done in office, Vitamin E rinses, Fluoride treatments, etc.

The article goes on to state that, “There is no scientific evidence proving that [oil pulling] kills bad breath, reduces bleeding in the gums, or whitens teeth,” a dentist based in New York told R29.

Again, as a DMD I somewhat disagree with this premise of this statement. Just because the recent trend in the United States has not been peer-reviewed for years and years, does not undermine the validity of the practice of oil-pulling. Do I recommend oil pulling to patients? No. Can it be a help in certain patient’s oral health? Yes Yes Yes!


The article links to the American Dental Association’s Science in the News article on the practice, which states: “Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities.”

I agree that oil-pulling should not replace brushing 2x a day, flossing (water, air, or traditional), and a fluoride-based oral rinse.

If you want to find further info on oil pulling and oral health recommendations-visit the link provided below. Have a great day and let us know if you have any questions about your oral health regimen!

503-665-8283 provides additional information on oil pulling.

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