Snake Oil

by Alison

I’ve read and seen quite a few things online about, “oil pulling” as an oral hygiene practice.

snake oilI say hooey! Oil is not scientifically known to whiten teeth, clean teeth, or kill bacteria. Oil is known to make teeth oily, that’s all.

This is what the American Dental Association has to say about oil pulling. “To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being”

The way to have healthy teeth and gums that last a lifetime is to - brush twice a day for two to three minutes, with an ADA approved fluoridated toothpaste, use a brand name soft bristled tooth brush, floss or preferably clean between the teeth with toothpicks, and have a professional dental cleaning & examination at least every six months. I know that’s boring, and many folks would prefer some magic oil. However, there is no magic oil. The key to healthy teeth and gums is the same as it has been forever.

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