Research suggests this Ayurvedic health technique works. Here's how, and an alternative solution if you just hate oil.
The ancient practice of Ayurvedic oil pulling—moving oils like sesame, sunflower, or coconut around your mouth to dissolve plaque and bacteria—is gaining popularity as a form of holistic dental care. But does it actually work? The scientific research is slim, but one small study in the Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry found 10 minutes of daily oil pulling was comparable to rinsing with mouthwash in reducing the amount of cavity-causing bacteria in kids’ mouths.
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How to Oil Pull
Swish 1 tsp of coconut oil for 10–20 minutes and then spit in the trash, recommends Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy.
Oil Pulling Alternatives
Sipping one glass of red wine or a cup of green tea has also been shown to help reduce tooth decay.