Oil pulling may seem like a recent trend but it actually dates back to practices that began over 3,000 years ago.  It sounds easy enough, but in truth, if you suffer from a strong gag reflex, it can be hard to stomach.  While some swear by the benefits of oil pulling, others argue that the negative effects are far worse.

Oil pulling involves swishing a tablespoon of edible oil(usually coconut) throughout the mouth for usually one to five minutes, but sometimes for up to 20 minutes. This practice is said to significantly lower levels of gingivitis and plaque. It’s also believed to fend off bacteria, viruses and yeasts.

However, some who practice this habit complain of excessive thirst, dry mouth, loss in sensation and taste, muscular stiffness and even exhaustion. Based on the lack of scientific evidence, the American Dental Association does not recommend oil pulling as a dental hygiene practice.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill, gimmick or singular act that can make your teeth perfect. What HAS been proven to work over time is developing and maintaining a proper oral care routine. So, stick to the basics and be consistent, schedule regular check- ups and give your teeth exactly what they need.