Is Oil Pulling Good for You? Your Airdrie Dentist Explains

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You may have heard about the latest trend in DIY dental hygiene, something called oil pulling. It may be new to you, but it’s actually a very old folk remedy that involves swishing edible oil in your mouth. Adherents claim that oil pulling whitens teeth, promotes good dental hygiene, and even improves one’s overall health.

Is oil pulling good for you? Your Airdrie dentist has the real story.

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is a simple process that involves swishing your mouth with a tablespoon of organic oil for five to twenty minutes a day. Followers of this technique suggest using coconut, sesame, sunflower, or other edible oils. You should perform this routine every morning before breakfast, on an empty stomach. At the end of the process, the oil thins and becomes a milky white. You can then spit it out of your mouth and rinse with warm saline water. Normal brushing is then encouraged.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

The oil pulling technique is a holistic approach that originated in ancient India more than 3,000 years ago as part of a healing practice. It’s still practiced throughout India and southern Asia.  

The herbal oil used in oil pulling is believed to pull toxins from the mouth, thus the name. Proponents claim that oil pulling not only detoxes and cleans the mouth, but also reduces plaque, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, and reduces inflammation that can lead to gum disease and other undesirable conditions.

Not surprisingly, oil pulling is popular among supporters of natural remedies and alternative medicine. Moreover, while definitive statistics are hard to come by, there have been some studies that appear to confirm these health benefits.

Critics of oil pulling claim that similar benefits can come from swishing with mouthwash or even plain water for the same length of time. The point is to increase saliva to dilute the concentration of plaque so that it doesn’t stick to your teeth.

There are also some notable adverse effects of oil pulling. Many people who practice oil pulling complain of dry mouth, increased thirst, sore mouth muscles, and a loss of taste sensation. For these reasons – and the lack of definitive research on the subject – the American Dental Association does not recommend oil pulling as a regular practice. The Canadian Dental Association does not have an official position on the practice.

Oil Pulling Shouldn’t Replace Regular Cleanings and Checkups

Even if oil pulling has some beneficial effects, it should not replace traditional dental hygiene. The ADA recommends brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for a full two minutes twice a day, as well as flossing. You need to use some amount of pressure to fully remove plaque from your teeth, which you get from brushing and flossing.

Also, you need to maintain a routine of dental checkups. You should see your Airdrie dentist, Dr. Jennifer Buchanan, twice a year to examine and clean your teeth. That’s the key to good dental hygiene and a whiter smile!

Talk to Your Airdrie Dentist About Oil Pulling

If you have questions about oil pulling or other dental hygiene matters, call or visit the expert staff at You First Dental. We’ll help you decide if oil pulling is right for you.

Ease your mind and take advantage of dental financing – Your Airdrie dentist explains

Ease your mind and take advantage of dental financing – Your Airdrie dentist explains

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After digesting how much your dental treatment is going to cost, your next question is likely: how am I going to pay for this? Unfortunately, many patients that turn down treatment when their dental damage is more minimal,  come back to the issue years later having to do even more treatment which is more costly.

Fortunately, dental offices that truly have their patients’ best interest at heart, offer dental payment plans.

Why is dental financing an option you should consider at our Airdrie dentist office?

Why more dentists should be more flexible and offer dental financing plans

Cost is one of the main reasons dental financing is offered so that patients don’t have to avoid their recommended  dental treatment.

While dentists can understand that the cost of dental treatment is a huge barrier for many, they worry about their patients getting the dental care they really need.

Airdrie Dentist applying invisible braces

Airdrie Dentist applying invisible braces

Avoiding dental treatment because of the cost is risky.

Dental problems don’t get better without treatment. Typically they progress, putting patients at risk of having to spend more money in the long run, to fix bigger problems. They’re also at risk of unbearable pain and tooth loss.

Thankfully, our patients have options. With dental financing, it’s easier to pay for dental work and is great for unexpected dental expenses.

Everyone is important! What you can expect from an in-office financing plan

What kind of dental financing option can you expect from You First Dental?

Our Airdrie dentist office offers an option called DentoPlan. This plan will allow you to spread payments for treatment over several months. Your dentist gets paid all at once and you make payments to DentoPlan.

For instance, maybe you need dental implants. Instead of trying to figure out where you’re going to come up with thousands of dollars, you can choose a 36-month financing plan in which you pay only $122.60 each month.

DentoPlan covers all dental procedures, including:

  • Preventative cleanings, exams, and x-rays
  • Fillings and crowns
  • Emergency treatment
  • Dentures, implants
  • Root canals
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Sleep apnea care
  • TMJ disorder care
  • Orthodontia.

You can use DentoPlan to pay for 100% of your treatment plan, or only a portion of it. Payment plans can range from one to 10 years, and you won’t be penalized if you pay your plan off early.

In-office financing with DentoPlan can help you address dental issues as they arise. And it will give you peace of mind that you’re able to take care of your dental needs in a practical way, all while preventing even worse problems down the road.

Let us help you – your health, well-being, and satisfaction are of priority to us

What’s the best way to care for your teeth, besides brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits?

The answer is: being financially prepared for treatments you need and deserve!  Whether you simply need a few cleanings a year or you have a more complex treatment plan.

Dental financing from an Airdrie dentist here at You First Dental can help you feel more at ease with investing in yourself. When you maintain your dental health, you can avoid further dental damage and greatly improve your quality of life.

Would you like more info about our financing options? Call or email us and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions so we can help address your dental needs.  

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