Oil Pulling Benefits for Plaque and Gingivitis

Oil Pulling Benefits for Plaque and Gingivitis

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“Oil Pulling Benefits for Plaque and Gingivitis” What are the potential risks and
benefits of the ancient practice of oil pulling, in which
oil is swished or pulled between the teeth for like
15 minutes and then spit out? There are wild, unsubstantiated
claims online, and even in the medical literature. I can believe it’s good exercise for
your tongue and cheek muscles, but healing all organs simultaneously? That statement seems a bit of a tongue
and cheek exercise right there! Respondents in the British Medical
Journal expressed surprise reading that swishing some
oil around in the mouth could effectively treat diseases
like meningitis, heart, kidney, hormone disorders. Oh, did
I mention cancer, AIDS, etc.? Look, it may help in some way, but for things to enter into
evidence-based medicine, we actually need a little
something called evidence, without being distracted by illusory
effects ascribed by their advocates, especially when another
set of respondents shared their experience of a case
of severe inflammatory gingivitis that worsened after oil pulling.
She stopped and it got better. They were thinking
maybe some of the oil got like stuck under her gums. Regardless, maybe
people should hold off until we actually have
some evidence. Thankfully, there’s a Center for
Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford that recently compiled
all the controlled trials. Why is it so important
there’s a control group? Because maybe the reported
declines in gingivitis and plaques with oil pulling are just because
in the study they had dentists looking over their shoulders
with constant check-ups. So maybe the study subjects just
upped their brushing and flossing game. This is the kind of study we need. No changes before and
after in the control group, but a drop in plaque and gingivitis
scores in the oil pulling group. That’s more like it. OK, so there does
seem to be an effect, but what do those numbers mean? When you test a new
drug, it’s not enough to show it works better than
nothing, better than a sugar pill. What you ideally want to know
is does the new drug work better than the current best drug
out there, for the same condition. Otherwise, what’s the
point of a new therapy? That’s why drug companies are often
forced to use so-called active controls, compare their drug not just
compared to nothing, a placebo, but head-to-head against
the leading drug. Here, oil pulling is
compared to doing nothing. How about oil pulling
compared to chlorhexidine, an antiseptic chemical used
in medicated mouthwash, which is considered
to be a gold standard in the fight against plaque,
cavities, and gingivitis? So here we go. Ladies and gentlemen, in one
corner, we have oil pulling. In the other, chlorhexidine,
measuring their ability to lower the number of
cavity-producing bacteria on people’s teeth, and… Chlorhexidine worked faster,
a significant drop within just 24 hours whereas, it took a week for the
oil pulling to really start working. But by two weeks, the oil
pulling may end up just as efficacious
as the gold standard. In fact, they appeared
to work so similarly skeptical me is critically
thinking, “Wait a second, maybe it’s just the physical act of
swishing that disrupts the plaque?” It would have been cool if
they included a third group that just swished with
water, and they did! And swishing with
water had no effect. Now, it wasn’t exactly fair. They had the oil pulling
group swishing for 10 minutes, whereas the other two groups
only swished for one. So for all we know, swishing
with water for 10 minutes might be as good as the oil. And one could look at this
and argue that chlorhexidine actually worked 10 times
better, since it got the same effect swishing
for one-tenth the time. But chlorhexidine has side effects,
potentially serious side effects, like painful desquamation, meaning
peeling of the mucous membranes in your mouth, as well as
discoloration of the teeth or tongue. So oil has certain benefits over
commercially available mouth rinses: it’s non-chemical, non-alcoholic,
low cost, and non-staining. Yet the effectiveness is unclear. But wait, oil pulling has been
shown to significantly drop the number of cavity-causing
bacteria on the teeth. Yeah, but does that translate
out into actual fewer cavities? That’s what we really care about,
but it hasn’t been studied. They did pair up oil pulling
versus chlorhexidine against plaque and gingivitis, and did find they were both
able to help to a similar degree, and plaque-induced gingivitis
is a reasonable predictor of future dental health, thereby
explaining the Oxford Center’s conclusion that oil pulling may indeed have beneficial effects
on oral and dental health.

57 thoughts on “Oil Pulling Benefits for Plaque and Gingivitis”

  1. Brilliant! Happy to see some evidence, finally. Oil pulling actually helps put a layer of lipids on the enamel for protection against corrosive substances (any acids such as those in lemon, hibiscus tea, etc.). Perhaps you should do a study of long-tern oil pulling versus brushing with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride possibly destroys the healthful microbiome in our mouths.

  2. I won upped the oil pulling method by using black seed oil which has known antibacterial properties, I have a very bad periodontal condition in which a calcium web ( honeycomb shaped) grows on the roots of my teeth so bacteria shelter in it, I have regularly had it removed resulting in a lot of pain as the dentist cuts my gums to get at it to try and remove it, the pain killer they use does not work properly because of inflammation. After oil pulling black seed oil twice a week for a month I have had no recurrence.

  3. I have been eagerly awaiting this video after the last "cliff-hanger" video.
    I use virgin coconut oil, despite it having expired OVER one year ago. 🙂

    As a sidenote, the good doctor said in another video that coconut oil is WORST for cooking so does anyone recall which oil he recommends for frying my veggie burger patties?

  4. How does oil pulling compare to flossing and water pick in addition to brushing? Is oil pulling supposed to be an alternative practice to basic dental hygiene?

  5. i always had several cavities every single checkup at the dentist (once in a half year) but then i found out my thyroid went underactive and i decided on my own to drink lugols solution (iodine) i put 1 drop of lugols solution in my glass of water every morning and evening (and thus also swishing my mouth with it) the 2 check ups since i started that i didn't have any cavities, now i've not been drinking it anymore but just put a drop in a bit of water and swish my mouth with it, if you intent the rest of the water with iodine later on the day make sure you cover it, which i found out after months that probably in the evening i was just swishing with plain water cause the iodine escapes.
    also if you have hashimoto's or something it's probably not wise to do.

  6. I'm convinced,time to stock up on coco,and oil. Another punch against White Greed, and corrupt Capitalism. no more toothpaste for me,no more harmful drugs in my mouth wash. I get get coconut oil 214 ml for about a dollar. Frugal,and saving money life,anti capitalism. Eve ginger is great for dental hygiene. I grow my own ginger,more than ,what I need for dental and cooking. I'm keeping my money away from White greed as much as possible. Stonelightning Kappa PJSalt

  7. Hello and Good morning, can you please make a video about gray hair, how we can it, at what age, what foods we can eat to help our hair etc. I just got my first gray hair and I never thought about it until now. Thank you Cla cla

  8. Really? I tried coconut oil pulling for a few days and my teeth started hurting like crazy and it took forever to go away. My dentist thought I was nuts when I told him. I am not trying this again

  9. How do u oil pull? Just swish in mouth for a few seconds or something? And when exactly do u do this…morning and night? Before meals?

  10. I drink 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning and 1-2 cups of green tea in the afternoon and evening. I often swish with the green tea. I've heard green tea is helpful for reducing bacteria that causes plaque and cavities. My dental hygienist has been saying for years to keep doing whatever I'm doing because my gums and teeth are doing great.

  11. According to Dr. Esselstyn mouthwash kills the good bacteria in the mouth which when combined with certain foods during the process of chewing creates nitric oxide which is essential to the health of the endothelial lining of our blood vessels and to heart health.

  12. In america, chlorhexidine requires prescription whereas it is easy to buy whole leaf aloe vera powder and add a little of that to water and use that as a mouthwash. Whole leaf aloe vera powder in bulk is a lot cheaper than chlorhexidine.

  13. 2 years ago felt cavity pain. Then coconut oil with Cloves and Ginger, swish swish. It worked better then I expected. The dentist's over 65 y's drill a bigger and bigger hole in that tooth and osteo bones. So the tooth fell apart. Then took Cilantro and other herbs to get rid of Mercury. Have not seen a dentist in 3 year's. Do Oil Ginger Cloves pulling research.

  14. I read that you should use coconut oil with a few drops of oregano oil for healthy teeth and gums..has anyone heard of this?

  15. Notice in the study that sesame oil was used. From an ayurvedic perspective, the correctly selected oil will help balance doshas. Coconut oil or sunflower oil is suitable for pitta types; sesame oil for vata and kapha types.

  16. 1 trillion bacteria disliked this video…. I was reading that there may be a place for CBD in dentistry. I'm gonna try it and I am going to need a control group.
    Cannabidiol (CBD) and Dentistry
    Dental CBD 2With the emerging indications of the effectiveness of CBD in medical therapy, dentists should begin to seriously consider the vast implications of medical marijuana as part of their dental therapy regiment. And while ignoring the stigma and taboo that marijuana often faces in society, progressive clinicians and dentists should recognize CBD as a powerful treatment modality. A simple google search on CBD and its benefits is readily available and such benefits are generally recognized by clinicians. Below is a chart adopted from marijuana.com that gives insight to the powerful affects of CBG, CBGA and CBCA. Note that antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients are one of the most salient qualities needed in dentistry.

  17. For healthy, strong and lighter teeth and gums, you must get rid of excess "bad" bacteriae and nourish yourself sufficiently. TURMERIC is a very effective antibacterial and will get you rid of the problems linked to bacteriae in your mouth. WHEAT GRASS is an excellent source of nutrients to make your body, teeth and gums way healthier and to help you heal all type of injuries you may have in your mouth. Just do a mouth wash a few times a week at least if possible and ideally up to a few times a day and see and feel dramatic improvements!
    Finally, tea tree essential oil and green tea both as mouth washes are two high quality, highly effective ways to balance your bacterial mouth flora to your advantage 😊
    Peace 💮

  18. Turmeric, Tea tree essential oil and Wheat grass as well as Green tea are effective choices when used as mouth washes to balance your mouth bacterial flora and heal both teeth and gums!
    An Essential ingredient to your teeth and skeleton's health also is Vitamin K2. Which you can find mostly in fermented foods. It is a very rare and important vitamin you can get noticeably by having a portion of Japanese Natto, which you can do yourself by-the-way. A few times a month might already be plenty enough, even with pretty bad deficiencies at start.
    Love 💐 ~

  19. I agree that it could be useful, but just kind of disgusting. Swishing oil for 10-15 minutes seems pretty damn boring. I'd go for a green tea mouthwash instead of oil. Super cheap and not disgusting at all.

  20. OIL pulling? Gag me. I just realized I have truly conquered the desire to pass oil across my lips. Sugar is next on my list … Just because Dr. Greger objectively reviews a topic doesn't mean I need to consider it.

  21. So interesting and glad to have seen this. I hate the oil pulling process and didn't think it was doing any good. Recently I have seen a new claim/fad about "pulling" with wheat grass juice. Would love to know if it's any different/better then oil.

  22. My ex-dentist in his inimitable "professional" wisdom prescribed a mouthwash with chlorhexadine in the 1980s for me which within a few weeks stained the upper half of my two front teeth BROWN! No dentist since has ever offered a solution to my problem. I should have sued him and made him fix it but I wouldn't trust him to do the work! This is why people should NEVER blindly trust anyone in the medical profession with their health. This is also why waiting around to try something pure and natural,( that has already been used for thousands of years, and has a long track record of anecdotal evidence that proves it works) until the medical establishment has "scientifically tested it" is for the birds!!!!

    When are people going to wake up and see that the medical establishment doesn't want us to learn how to stay well??? They make money off of people being sick and simply managing their symptoms! They want you to "live with your disease" and make as much money off of you selling you "treatments" as they can. DUH.

    If you want permanent results, look to the herbalists and some of the TRUE naturopathic doctors with a background in herbs and not just man-made food supplements… if you want to learn what truly natural as in grown-in-Nature remedies work and what don't. Herbs unlike drugs and food supplements, minerals and vitamins are recognized by our digestive tracts as food. With man-made isolate supplements that use extractions from plants instead of assimilating, utilization and elimination, you get stimulation, then enervation and the ingredients are stored in your body – NOT eliminated – only to clog your immune system and created problems down the road!

  23. Oil pulling cured my purple lined gums and gingivitis…helps my sinuses drain properly… has saved 3 of my dad's teeth that were falling out… and healed an abscess on my friends gums… this didn't happen in case study… but it did happen… no one can tell me oil pulling. I respect and like Dr. Greger but I believe my eyes more. 😛

  24. I have seen so many recipes for homemade toothpaste with the prime ingredient being coconut oil. I need help finding a truly helpful homemade toothpaste, that isn't potentially dangerous. Do you have any ideas for me and my family?

  25. I use oil pulling for my gums. I just brush with a mixture of salt and essential oils for my teeth. Thank you for this video. I knew there was something to this.

  26. Can someone help me please. Coconut oil is hard like lard or butter, do you melt it by heat first before use it for oil pulling?

  27. I've heard coconut oil has antibacterial properties so maybe that is one of the reasons it's better than water. I still will try to use oils of any type because my cholesterol goes up even when I eat too many nuts. See "the fruit doctor" regarding this if you have high cholesterol.

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