Dr. Jack Gruber, DDS discusses the problems associated with using conventional mouthwash.
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.
Today, we have the toothbrush (and now the Periclean ultra-soft toothbrush which is effective at plaque removal and gentle on gums), as well as other superior means of keeping teeth clean and healthy.
Increase the health of your gums & Order the Periclean Ultra-Soft Specialty Toothbrush!
PeriClean does not prevent nor treat gum diseases. Use a PeriClean ultra-soft toothbrush to clean your teeth as part of an active effort to avoid receding gums.
Dr. Jack Gruber DDS discusses how to overcome bad breath in under 5 minutes a day.
A recent survey conducted by Procter & Gamble and AARP revealed dental health as one of the top three medical concerns among adults 50 and older, and though older adults are making visits to the dentists regularly, not many are maintaining a full oral care routine, including flossing daily, using mouthwash and brushing regularly.
“Plaque is an accumulation of bacteria that is normal in our mouths,” says Jack Gruber, D.D.S. “Daily flossing will prevent the accumulation of 90 percent if plaque is hiding between teeth. Brushing will help get rid of the other 10 percent.”
Dental Health Tip #1: It’s about when you brush as well as how you brush
The survey found that a third of adults only brushed once a day, even though the American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day or after every meal to rid of any harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and cavities. Remember, your risk of cavities increase with age. When brushing, move the toothbrush back and forth in short strokes, attacking both outer and inside surfaces and reaching for the chewing surfaces of all teeth. If you have difficulty reaching certain places because of limited movement due to arthritis or another condition, try an electric toothbrush. Finally, brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
Dental Health Tip #2: Brushing can’t get everything, so flossing is a must
Almost half of the adults surveyed said they did not floss daily. Flossing, according to the ADA, is an essential part of any oral health care routine and should be done at least once a day to remove plaque, which can turn into tartar, from between teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing can also help prevent gum disease and cavities. To properly floss, gently slide floss into the space between the gum and tooth, moving the flow away from the gum in an up and down motion. If holding the floss is difficult, try using a wooden plaque remover or a dental pick. Whichever tool you end up using, just be sure to plan a few minutes out of the day to floss.
Dental Health Tip #3: Consider rinsing with mouthwash for an added boost of clean
Rinsing with mouthwash, most of which are available without a prescription, can be done before or after brushing to help freshen breath, remove debris, and can reduce gingivitis, plaque and tartar. Though rinsing with mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing or flossing, it can offer additional protection against cavities and gum disease. Consult with your dentist on whether mouthwash should be part of your oral health routine. Your dentist can also advise on whether you should use a mouthwash with fluoride or antimicrobial agents.
Dental Health Tip #4: Infuse your diet with fruits and vegetables
Sugary foods and drinks, including soda and juice, and hard candies can damage teeth. Avoid empty-calorie foods like candy, cookies and other snacks like chips as they have a high amount of sugar that can stick to your teeth and lead to tooth decay. Instead, consider fruits and vegetables to promote healthy oral hygiene since they help stimulate saliva production, washing away harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth.
Dental Health Tip #5: Keep up the good work at make visiting a dentist a habit
More than 70 percent of adults surveyed said they visited a dentist for treatment the same or more times than they did 10 years ago, showing concern for their overall oral health. Be sure to maintain regular dental checkups and avoid going to the dentist simply when you are in pain. This is because as we age, the nerves in our teeth become smaller and less sensitive, so by the time you feel pain, it may be too late to save the tooth. Diseases like oral cancer or gum disease are also conditions your dentist can detect in earlier stages.
Aside from using a Periclean toothbrush, one of the best things you can do to improve your oral hygiene is to use mouthwash or rinse. In choosing a mouthwash or rinse that’s right for you, there are some things you should consider in order to find the brand that best suits your needs.
Alcohol is a primary ingredient in many mouthwashes, and it has advantages and disadvantages. A benefit of alcohol in mouthwash is the fact that it improves its taste while also helping to kill germs. Even so, recovering alcoholics are advised not to use a mouthwash containing alcohol, because doing so can encourage them to have a relapse. Products with alcohol are also not recommended for use by children.
If you have sensitive teeth, choosing a mouthwash or rinse that’s right for you could involve a natural product that contains chamomile and aloe vera. These two ingredients are soothing to the gums, and do not provide the stinging effect that’s usually noticeable with mouth rinses. This makes them an ideal choice for children to use as well.
Plaque control is a benefit provided by many mouth rinses, so if you have difficulty keeping your teeth clean, you may want to choose a brand that helps with this. This type of mouth rinse is usually used just before brushing to help loosen plaque and tartar on the teeth, and may not freshen your breath as well as other mouthwashes do. This means you could need to follow up with an additional product.
If you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you may have already experienced some bone loss. To prevent even more bone loss from occurring, consider using a mouthwash that also contains calcium. This will help strengthen the bones your teeth are anchored to as well as the teeth themselves; however, it will likely not repair any bone loss that has already occurred.
Although many dental rinses contain fluoride, this actually provides little benefit for most people. Since fluoride is already present in tap water and most toothpastes, chances are that you are getting enough of it without having to use a mouthwash that contains this ingredient.
When choosing a mouthwash or rinse that’s right for you, check the label to see if the product is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). This certification means that this group has evaluated that product to ensure that it provides the benefits it claims to offer. Your dentist or hygienist can recommend oral hygiene products that bear this seal of approval, as well as give you additional guidance on choosing the best mouth wash for your dental care needs.
FROM OUR BLOG
PO Box 1217
Great Neck, NY 11023
Medical Advice Disclaimer:
While this website presents information individuals may find helpful in managing their personal dental health, none of the statements on this website should be construed as dispensing medical advice. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any particular disease. It is recommended that those seeking treatment for a specific disease should consult a qualified physician, dentist, or other medical professional prior to using this product.
The PeriClean is not a treatment of your gums. It allows your gums to heal and grow back from the damage caused by over-brushing with a nylon toothbrush. Only a dentist can diagnose your condition. To get results you must use only as directed.