Ozonated Oil Pulling Explained by a Dental Hygienist
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic Indian tradition that dates back 5,000 years and has quickly made its way back to popularity for its many health benefits. In this article, ozonated oil pulling will be the primary focus.
What is Ozonated Oil Pulling?
A water molecule, otherwise known as H2O, is composed of 1 hydrogen and 2 oxygen molecules. An ozonated water solution, O3-H2O, contains a three oxygen molecule structure which attaches to viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. and kills it.
The oral cavity appears as an open ecosystem with a dynamic balance between the entrance of microorganisms, colonization modalities, and host defenses aimed to their removal. To avoid elimination, bacteria need to adhere to either hard dental surfaces or epithelial surfaces. The oral biofilm formation and development, and the inside selection of specific microorganisms have been correlated with the most common oral pathologies, such as dental caries, periodontal disease, and peri-implantitis. The mechanical removal of the biofilm and adjunctive use of antibiotic disinfectants or various antibiotics have been the conventional methods for periodontal therapy.
In other words, the mouth has a lot of germs and the immune system tries to get rid of them. Germs want to stay, so they stick to teeth and gums. An overload of bad germs can cause all kids of dental diseases. Brushing, flossing, rinses, and dental hygiene appointments are all common ways to keep bacterial colonies controlled.
Three Ozone Forms Used in Dentistry
There are 3 fundamental forms of application to oral tissues: ozonated water, ozonated olive oil, and ozone gas. Ozonated oil has the capacity to trap and then release ozone; that is an ideal delivery system. These forms are used singly or in combination to treat dental disease. The different clinical applications of ozone therapy in combating dental disease and the treatment modalities include:
- elimination of bacterial pathogens
- periodontal pocket disinfection
- prevention of dental caries
- during tooth exaction
- sensitivity treatment
- pain and infection control
- accelerated healing
- controlling bad breath
- teeth whitening
One may think of ozone oil pulling as a supercharged form of oil pulling that exceeds the benefits of standard oil pulling. Oil pulling provides greater results than mouthwash due to the fact that oil is far better at penetrating the tiny crevices around gum tissue and teeth. The ozone rides with the oil reaching every microscopic gumline, tooth crack or fissure.
At-home Ozone Therapy
The best way to perform at-home ozone therapy is oil pulling with ozonated coconut or ozonated olive oil. Oil pulling, also known as Kavala or Gandusha, is an ancient ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in the mouth on an empty stomach for approximately 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins from the body. It primarily is performed to improve oral health but also to improve over-all health.
Dental Hygienist’s Review
Dental hygienist, Marisa, tried ozonated oil pulling for herself. Although it is recommended to swish for 20 minutes, she found that at around the ten minute mark her saliva in combination with the oil became too much solution to keep swishing. Additionally, she noticed she could taste the ozone and versus regular coconut or olive oil it wasn’t overly pleasant to the taste buds. However, due to the added benefit of the ozone, she would continue using the ozonated oil in the future.
Oil pulling can be helpful in certain cases when looking for an alternative to mouthwash for reducing the presence of bad breath. However, one should continue regular brushing and flossing routines in order to prevent cavities and gum disease.