But, but… Mom said…

The dentist from our Tee Family Dental decided to look through past research papers to see if I needed any more work on done my teeth, since I’ve being doing a lot of oil pulling lately and you might ask what is oil pulling?T Well this is the practice of swirling oil around your mouth and then spitting it out. It usually involves coconut oil, sunflower oil or sesame seed oil. Rinsing should be continued for perhaps 5 to 20 minutes, so that the edible oil is pulled through the teeth and mouth.

Various websites advocate coconut oil pulling as an effective way to whiten teeth and remove bacteria. Some advocates online suggest it can treat tooth decay, kill bad breath, heal bleeding gums, prevent cavities and even prevent heart disease. There is a book, entitled Oil pulling therapy,1 that promises it exerts a powerful cleansing and healing effect on the mouth and sinuses and the rest of the body.

Their research was published this week in the British Medical Journal, and the Guardian has a story about them here.

What can I say? I told you so, Ma! 🙂