People who do this, as in all such things, attribute to it almost supernatural powers of healing, health, and dental might. One woman I know actually attributed healing from an abscessed tooth just through oil pulling and hydrogen peroxide dental wash. Another woman I know whitened her teeth considerably after following a daily oil pulling regimen.
In my more skeptical, mundane experience, I merely attribute to oil pulling the ability to have my mouth feel the cleanest it ever has. It is a great feeling, early in the morning, to take a moment out of your day to oil pull. In fact, when I stop pulling for any length of time, it amazes me how I just CANNOT get my mouth to feel clean, even after flossing/brushing, without it. It gets rid of every unfresh taste. Therefore, I feel confident corroborating the fact that it most likely eliminates plaque, gingivitis, and reduces caries, as attributed.
As always, I would encourage people to habitually visit their dentist, floss, brush, etc. Oil pulling should not replace general dental hygiene; however, it is a nice complement.
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