Does Oil Pulling Really Help With Teeth Problems?

oil pulling and dental health

Recently, there‘s been flood of content on Oil Pulling over the internet and people are swearing by this age old Ayurvedic method for their teeth problems. Use of this remedy for oral health dates back 3000 years as a traditional Indian practice, which is now a growing trend in the west.

Recent studies also suggest that oil pulling typically with coconut oil and sesame oil actually works for gingivitis, plaque and the removal of bad breath as well.

A few articles even explain its benefits in:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Strengthening gum tissues and jaw
  • Preventing cavities
  • Relieving headaches
  • Detoxification, and more.

You can try oil pulling yourself to know whether it works for you to achieve the aforementioned benefits or not, but scientifically, properties of coconut oils and sesame oils are not beneficial for oral health. In fact, its benefits are only trusted in the areas of dermatology and trichology, as these oils have miraculous effects to hair and skin.

As far as oral health is considered, the benefits of coconut oil are limited, as they can mainly help in removing bad bacteria from the mouth.

How Coconut Oil Removes Bacteria

Bacteria and other Microorganisms present in our mouth are made up of single cell organisms and when they come in contact with coconut oil, they stick to it while the oil is swishing in the mouth. When we spit out the oil and rinse our mouth with water, a feeling of freshness can be experienced.


  • Many online articles suggest 20-minutes of oil pulling, but it is advisable that 5-10 minutes of oil pulling is enough to eliminate bacteria from your mouth or your jaws may start aching.
  • Coconut oils and sesame oils are not meant to benefit oral health. They can only help remove bad bacteria from the mouth.
  • You can try oil pulling to know the results yourself, but this should never mean that you forget other dental hygiene habits that you were practicing before.

Brushing twice a day, flossing and regular dental visits are equally important to keep a check on your dental health. No alternate remedies can replace these basic dental hygiene practices.

Dr. Steffany Mohan is the Owner of Plaza Dental Group and is a leading dentist in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Mohan is an expert in implant, family and cosmetic dentistry, is Invisalign certified and has gained a reputation of excellence in the dentistry community. Plaza Dental Group has built a reputation for excellence and its close doctor-patient relationships, which has made them one of the premier offices of Iowa dentists

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