What Is Oil Pulling?

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Today’s Blaisdell Family Dentistry dental post looks at oil pulling; an alternative practice that has been generating a lot of buzz around Boise. Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for up to twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The oil normally recommended is coconut oil.

It can help with gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath. Make sure you don’t swallow – and don’t spit in your sink (it could clog your pipes.) If that doesn’t turn you away, give it a try. Start with a small amount and a short time frame, and see if your breath improves.

Blaisdell Family Dentistry cautions patients not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings/exams with oil pulling. Oil pulling can be a supplemental therapy, but shouldn’t replace your traditional dental hygiene practices.

At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, you will find first rate dental care and our committed team of dental professionals. We offer family and general dentistry in the Boise, Eagle or Meridian ID areas. Our menu of cosmetic services includes dental implants, clear braces from Invisalign and porcelain veneers. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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