Oil pulling is an age-old process mentioned in Charaka Samhita and
Sushrathaís Arthashastra. This study was conducted to assess the effect
of oil pulling on Plaque and Gingivitis.
Objectives: (1) To assess the effect of oil pulling on plaque and
gingivitis. (2) To monitor its safety on oral soft and hard tissues.
Methodology: 10 subjects performed Oil Pulling along with their
other oral hygiene measures for 45 days, using Refined Sunflower Oil.
Their Plaque and gingival scores were assessed periodocally by modified
PHP and Gingival indices. The results were subjected to t-test and
Wilcoxon signed rank test.
Results: The reduction in plaque and gingival scores from baseline to
45 days were 0.81+-_0.41 (p<0.01) and 0.39+_0.17 (p<0.01)
respectively. The differences were found to be statistically significant.
Conclusion: Oil pulling is having dental benefits. Hence this holds a
chance to be added to other oral hygiene measures.