Coconut Oil Decreased Plaque and Gingivitis

Daily oil pulling with coconut oil decreased plaque and gingivitis.  Besides that, daily oil pulling gets you healthy gums and saves you lots of money as you have less problem of tooth decay or gum problems.

Long-Term Benefits

With daily oil pulling you can keep your full set of teeth no matter how long you live.  Taking good care of your teeth is particularly important for the frail elderly and those with weak immune systems as bacteria build-up in the mouth could migrate to your lungs, causing pneumonia.  For the elderly, poor oral health can significantly affect their eating, possibly leading to malnutrition and other complication. 

People with uncontrolled diabetes tend to have more severe and rapid progression of gum disease.  Controlling gum disease contributes to better diabetic control, generally improving their health.

Research Studies

In the current study, 60 young adults between the age of 16 and 18 who had plaque induced gingivitis participated in the study. The study found:

A statistically significant decrease in the plaque and gingival indices was noticed from day 7 and the scores continued to decrease during the period of study.

The discussion portion of the study speculated as to how oil pulling with coconut oil reduces plaque and gingivitis:

There are various hypotheses on the mechanisms by which oil pulling may act in decreasing the plaque and gingival index. In oil pulling, as the oil is swished in the mouth the mechanical shear forces exerted on the oil leads to its emulsification and the surface area of the oil is greatly increased. The oil film thus formed on the surface of the teeth and the gingiva can reduce plaque adhesion and bacterial co aggregation.

It was also proposed that the alkalis in the saliva can react with the oil leading to saponification and formation of a soap like substance which can reduce the adhesion of plaque. Coconut oil has a high saponification value and is one of the most commonly used oil in making soaps. The soaps produced with coconut oil can lather well and have an increased cleansing action.

The lauric acid in the coconut oil can easily react with sodium hydroxide in saliva during oil pulling to form sodium laureate, the main constituent of soap which might be responsible for the cleansing action and decreased plaque accumulation.

The significant reduction in gingivitis can be attributed to decreased plaque accumulation and the anti-inflammatory, emollient effect of coconut oil. In animal studies coconut oil was found to be an effective burn wound healing agent and this was attributed to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

Coconut oil showed moderate anti-inflammatory effects on ethyl phenylpropiolate induced ear edema in rats, and carrageenin and arachidonic acid-induced paw edema. It was found be effective and safe when used as an emollient and moisturizer.


Please don't wait anymore and let oil pulling becomes your daily routine before you go to bed.

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