Does oil pulling really work?
If you have gum disease you should definitely not oil pull as it may make your situation worse by killing your mouth’s beneficial bacteria. The results from oil pulling are similar to using an antiseptic mouthwash. You get a short-lived relief but create long-term problems.
You may have also heard of the term, essential oils. The most commonly used in dental products is tea tree oil. These oils have antiseptic properties that create short-term relief but also kill beneficial bacteria.
Your beneficial bacteria balance is fragile. Plaque and acid producing bacteria is aggressive. This is why you will always have some harmful bacteria regardless of your oral hygiene method. Damage to the delicate balance of beneficial bacteria can result in dry mouth, which can lead to further gum recession.
If swishing oil around in your mouth for 15 minutes, twice a day, hasn't deterred you we hope this information will.