9 doctors weighed in:

Can oil pulling or oil swishing to cure gingivitis?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not efficient time

Oil pulling is not new, but the amount of time needed to get any effect would be much better spent brushing and flossing.

In brief: Not efficient time

Oil pulling is not new, but the amount of time needed to get any effect would be much better spent brushing and flossing.
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: May help but...

Oil pulling has been shown to remove some bacteria from the mouth.
But it does not replace good brushing and flossing. So oil pulling can be used if you are still brushing and flossing, not instead.

In brief: May help but...

Oil pulling has been shown to remove some bacteria from the mouth.
But it does not replace good brushing and flossing. So oil pulling can be used if you are still brushing and flossing, not instead.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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2 doctors agree

In brief: No!!!!!

Careful and thorough brushing and meticulous flossing will be the most predictable cure, get evaluated by your dentist.

In brief: No!!!!!

Careful and thorough brushing and meticulous flossing will be the most predictable cure, get evaluated by your dentist.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dr. Fernando Juliao
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Dr. Paul Takemoto
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Minimal Benefit

Ayurvedic swishing of various oils has not been proven to be superior to flossing, brushing, and using and using an alcohol free antiseptic mouthwash and less effective than chlorohexidine.

In brief: Minimal Benefit

Ayurvedic swishing of various oils has not been proven to be superior to flossing, brushing, and using and using an alcohol free antiseptic mouthwash and less effective than chlorohexidine.
Dr. Paul Takemoto
Dr. Paul Takemoto
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: No

Rinsing with oil at least 20 minutes per day, oil pulling, is an old fashioned not very effective remedy.
Brushing 2x/day for 2 FULL minutes each time, coupled with daily flossing, coupled with a professional cleaning and regular Dental care, will very effectively cure early onset gum disease.

In brief: No

Rinsing with oil at least 20 minutes per day, oil pulling, is an old fashioned not very effective remedy.
Brushing 2x/day for 2 FULL minutes each time, coupled with daily flossing, coupled with a professional cleaning and regular Dental care, will very effectively cure early onset gum disease.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: No

Gingivitis is mostly caused by inadequate oral hygiene.
The best treatments to prevent or treat gingiviits is regular bushing, flossing and antisceptic mouthwash. Unless you adhere to good oral hygiene, other attempts at treatment will not help.

In brief: No

Gingivitis is mostly caused by inadequate oral hygiene.
The best treatments to prevent or treat gingiviits is regular bushing, flossing and antisceptic mouthwash. Unless you adhere to good oral hygiene, other attempts at treatment will not help.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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