This is a misunderstood topic for the general public and extremely frustrating topic for dental professionals. I recently was on a social media site..ahem… Facebook, and noticed comments on oil pulling being a miracle cure, this couldn’t be farther from the truth! While studies have shown coconut oil reduces the bacterial load in a person’s mouth, it is not significant enough to stop decay. Oil pulling does not deplete bacterial causing decay either. The best thing to do to prevent decay is: mouth washes, flossing, brushing, and toothpaste containing fluoride and of course a fun meeting with your dental hygienist every 6 months.
Laura G. CDA, CPT, CNA
Beck, Julie. The Atlantic. “Swishing With Oil for Oral Health: Not Recommended.” March 19th, 2014. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/swishing-with-oil-for-oral-health-not-recommended/284490/