In 2014, the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research published a study that concentrated specifically on the effects of (sesame) oil pulling versus chlorhexidine mouthwash on bad breath.
“Oil pulling with sesame oil is equally efficacious as chlorhexidine in reducing oral malodor and microbes causing it. It should be promoted as a preventive home care therapy.”(4).
Sesame isn’t the only oil that works.
Here’s what researchers have said about the use of coconut oil:
“The oil film thus formed on the surface of the teeth and the gingiva can reduce plaque adhesion and bacterial co aggregation…The significant reduction in gingivitis can be attributed to decreased plaque accumulation and the anti-inflammatory, emollient effect of coconut oil.” (5).
It’s All in the Motion
The antibacterial properties of the oil in combination with the action of swishing liquid around in the mouth removes harmful bacteria not only from the surface of the teeth but also from the surrounding tissues.
It’s important to note that oil pulling doesn’t replace flossing and brushing but is a holistic tool meant to improve your dental health.