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The Cons of Oil Pulling

What Is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling or oil swishing (an ancient Ayurveda remedy) is the process of putting oil in the mouth (usually sesame or organic coconut oil) and then swishing it around for 15 – 20 minutes. As you are swishing the oil in your mouth, the toxins from your body accumulate in the oil and saliva in your mouth, so you cannot swallow any of it. Once you have reached your desired swishing time you than spit out the oil along with any toxins. This process is repeated on a daily basis with the theory that it helps improve oral and overall health based on the Lauric Acid in the oil drawing all of the toxins out.

Is Oil Pulling For You?
Is oil pulling something you want to get involved in simply because it is considered “all-natural” and is the latest fad in holistic health? We’re going to look at some of the cons of oil pulling when it comes to using this type of treatment.

Does Oil Pulling Have Any Benefits?
There is very little scientific testing done on oil pulling.  If you swish mouthwash or even water around in your mouth for that long, you’re going to shake some bacteria loose, and that’s always good for your teeth and gums. It might help your breath too. That’s about where the benefits end.

The Negative Aspects or “Cons” of Oil Pulling
First and foremost, the biggest con with oil pulling is that some people think this is a substitute for good oral care. You can’t stop brushing twice a day, flossing, or using mouthwash just because you oil pull. Oil pulling was probably the best dental care available in India when they first came up with the idea.

The second big oil pulling con is that this is a long and inconvenient process for minor and unproven benefits. You have to swish oil around in your mouth for 15+ minutes. You can’t swallow during that time as it is said that the swishing process makes the oil in your mouth “toxic”. You have to swish vigorously, which can also be a big be a strain on the jaw, tongue and mouth in general. Also many people who try this don’t like the taste of oil enough to have only that flavor in the mouth for so long.

Another thing people try oil pulling for is teeth whitening. There are claims that oil pulling may be one of the better and more natural ways to whiten teeth, but again, there’s no scientific data to back up those claims, and there are much better ways that have been developed to whiten teeth and do so much more quickly.

Is Oil Pulling for You?
While there are obviously many cons to oil pulling, if you still decide to give it a try, remember these things.

  • Don’t stop brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.
  • Be careful not to use highly processed oils that may have chemicals in them.
  • Never swallow the oil. You could get sick to your stomach.

A safer bet is to stick to scientifically proven methods of oral care.

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Dr. Jack Gruber Named Teacher of the Year by Northwell Health

We are proud to share that Dr. Jack Gruber, creator of the PeriClean and PeriKids Ultra Soft Specialty Toothbrushes, has received the 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award from Northwell Health!


Read why Dr. Gruber was selected for this honor:

“While deciding who should be nominated for teacher of the year, it was necessary to consider what constitutes a truly great teacher. It became clear that describing a great teacher and describing Dr. Gruber are one and the same. The list of teachers we’ve all had over the years is endless; however the list of those we’ve learned from is undoubtedly shorter. Dr. Gruber is someone we continue to learn from both in and outside the operatory. His skill as a practitioner is obvious, but his character with all those he encounters whether they are patients, staff, or first year residents is what makes him a unique and admirable individual. When faced with a question or concern, the person to turn to is Dr. Gruber. His kindness, understanding, listening ear, and willingness to help are only a few of the reasons we have chosen to nominate him as teacher of the year. Our patients have Dr. Gruber to thank for pushing each and every one of us to be the best practitioner we can be.”

Excellent work, Dr. Gruber!


Dr. Jack Gruber is a renowned Periodontist whose experience spans over 40 years as a pioneer in Periodontal Medicine. He maintains an active private practice and has treated thousands of patients with all forms of periodontal disease. Dr. Gruber is an accomplished Periodontal Surgeon and trains Dentists on how to excel in their craft. He is an accomplished instructor, lecturer and researcher who contributes immeasurably to the field of Dentistry and to the health of his patients.

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Protecting Teeth and Gums from Bone Loss and Sensitivity

Did you know that both your tooth enamel and gums are extremely thin? Tooth enamel is actually about the thickness of an egg shell, while gums are merely paper-thin!

Due to the fragility that this creates, brushing too hard can break down tooth enamel and wear away gums. If you’ve experienced sensitive teeth, it could very well be due to gum recession, which can lead to bone loss and sensitivity.

However, there is a way you can help prevent this! Brushing with the ultra-soft PeriClean reduces the chances of damage from vigorous brushing, thus protecting teeth and gums.

The Role of the Dental Hygienist in the Management of Dentin Hypersensitivity

Many Americans experience dentin hypersensitivity – or sensitive teeth, as we typically call it – but many do not think to ask their dental hygienist for ways to care for and possibly rehabilitate this painful issue. Dental hygienists can offer advice on brushing techniques, diet, and other factors that may ease sensitivity. Most importantly, if a hygienist is aware of the issue, they can track the progress of dentin hypersensitivity from appointment to appointment. To learn more, click here.

Dentin Hypersensitivity and Gingival Recession

One of the leading causes of dentin hypersensitivity (sensitive teeth) is gingival recession. Gingival recession can be caused by many factors, but the two main causes typically have to do with anatomic factors or oral hygiene habits. While gingival recession is easily preventable, it can also very easily occur, even to the most oral-hygiene-attentive patients. To learn more, click here.

Dentin Hypersensitivity: Current State of the Art and Science

Over the years, the history and causes of dentin hypersensitivity have been thoroughly researched. It has been found that dentin hypersensitivity is frequently found in those with periodontal disease. The factors that can lead to dentin hypersensitivity include loss of enamel and cracked teeth – occurrences that wear down the tooth and expose dentin, therefore making it more susceptible to sensitivity. To learn more about the history and causes of dentin hypersensitivity, click here.

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Dr. Jack Gruber DDS discusses his invention – the revolutionary PeriClean Ultra Soft Toothbrush for receding gums and sensitive teeth. Dr. Gruber discusses how he uses the PeriClean with his patients, what it feels like and how many of his patients have avoided gum surgery by using it.

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