Are There Downsides to Oil Pulling?

There has been a lot of talk about oil pulling in recent years because of all of the benefits people are finding from doing it. It can help your mouth get much healthier and it can help your teeth get, and stay, much cleaner.

However, it can’t all be good news, can it? The truth is, oil pulling is great for most people, but for some people, it should only be done with caution and under the watchful eye of your dentist.

The Problems with Oil Pulling

For many people, it is difficult to take a bit of oil and keep swishing it around in their mouths for 10-20 minutes a day. Finding the time to do that aside, the texture and thickness of the oil can make it hard for people to stomach.

If you are able to get past the texture of the oil in your mouth, then you should consider moving forward with oil pulling if your dentist sees no reason for you to avoid it.

However, if you suffer from sensitive teeth, beware. Oil pulling is known for causing an increase in tooth sensitivity.

For some people, that increase is very temporary and only lasts a week or two before the teeth rebound and their sensitivity is gone completely, but for others, it can last the entire time they try oil pulling and even continue on after they have stopped the process.

Please contact our office before you begin oil pulling to make sure that there is no reason that you should avoid oil pulling in the first place.

He or she is going to want to talk with you about what benefits you hope to get out of it, and if there is another way to give you those same results without the potential downsides involved.

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