There`s a lot of new hype over an ancient practice that claims to do everything from whiten your teeth, to give you clearer skin. It’s called oil pulling, and it’s getting a lot of attention on the web and from celebrities but, we wanted to find out, does it work ?
Denis Kinane, Dean at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine says while this practice is ancient there isn’t much research behind it that says it works.
“ There isn`t a lot of research but there`s a lot of folklore that will tell you that that oil pulling has a tremendous affect in reducing plaque” says Denis Kinane, Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
However, one study suggests it will pull plaque from your teeth, preventing gingivitis.
“ On it`s face of it does look like this oil pulling in this case in the study in 2009 showed the use of sesame seed oil can actually be beneficial,” says Kinane
We wanted to put the trend to the test. FOX43 Producer Courtney Cherry says when she heard about the trend she was intrigued. So, everyday for about two weeks Courtney gave it a try. She chose coconut oil, swishing it in her mouth for about 20 minutes.
“ Well on the first day I thought this is going to be so gross but it really wasn`t that bad, “ says Cherry
She says she has noticed a difference in her energy levels and in the appearance of her teeth.
“ There have been days when I`ve looked at my teeth and thought, they look whiter. I`m not sure if it`s in my head but I feel like I have been feeling more energetic, “ says Cherry
Dental hygienist Misty Davis from 1447 Dental Associates in York says she’s noticed a difference in her patient’s mouths too. She says over the past year people have been coming in asking about the practice and claiming to have tried it on their own.
“ Well I have seen an improvement in their periodontal health, less bleeding, less gingivitis, “ says Davis
Dean Kanine says while there isn’t much information out there he is happy it’s getting people thinking about their health. And says if you’re interested it’s safe to give it a try.
“ You take it with a pinch of salt or a pinch of oil if you`d like,” says Kinane
FOX43 reached out to the American Dental Association for their position on oil pulling. They said they can’t comment on it because additional research is needed.