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Oil Pulling: Improves oral health

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Oil pulling is the process of swishing certain oils around the mouth and spitting it out to improve oral health. It also allegedly cleans the entire body of toxins and waste.

Oils such as coconut, sunflower and sesame can be used.

"People swear by it — that it can fill cavities, relieve toothaches, whiten teeth, freshen breath, absorb harmful bacteria, and cure the common cold," said Dr. Jessica Emery, DMD of Sugar Fix Dental Loft Chicago. "From a dentist's perspective, tooth decay is caused by bacteria and studies suggest that coconut oil treated with enzymes seems to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria."

The oil pulls germs from the gums, according to a study done by the US National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health.

Oil pulling users claimed that it helps with preventing and removing acne, as well as making skin complexion look healthier.

Some experts said that oil pulling could improve oral health, but as for being a cure-all, it is not likely.

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