Oil pulling therapy can help in the prevention of gum disease, as shown by recent studies as of 2014, reports WebMD. It can ward off gingivitis, one type of gum disease, as well as bad breath-causing microorganisms and plaque, which cause periodontitis.
Oil pulling is one type of Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional Indian system, that is 3,000 years old. It is performed by swishing about 1 tablespoon of oil, usually coconut, sesame or sunflower, in the mouth for approximately 20 minutes and then spitting it out, states WebMD. Suggestions for those wishing to try oil pulling include using coconut oil, starting with just five minutes per day, not swallowing the oil, and continuing to brush and floss.