A myth about Coconut Oil Teeth Product

Lots of people are using coconut oil for health purposes. Research shows that it contains healthy fatty acids which boost heart condition, reduce inflammation and protect your hair, skin and teeth. What about from a dental perspective? Do dentists recommend using coconut oil products?

Oil pulling is the practice of swirling oil around the teeth and oral cavity for a few minutes daily. It originates from India which claims to pull out the toxins using the oil. People can use coconut oil or sunflower oil.

At the moment, there is not enough scientific research to identify all the benefits and harms of oil pulling habits. Some research papers indicate that swishing coconut oil helps with plaque reduction, hence, reduced gum inflammation.

To conclude, oil pulling might prevent some degree of gum inflammation. It can be an adjunct oral care routine. However, it should not replace normal brushing with fluoride toothpaste and daily flossing habits.