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Shall I try oil pulling for gum pockets?


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Dr. Prerna Jain

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Published At September 21, 2016
Reviewed AtJanuary 30, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I was reading about oil pulling and wondered if I try it to cure my 6 mm gum pockets. If it could possibly clean the top of the gum pockets, then will the bacteria and tartar in the bottom worse the problem in the future? I have gum pockets of around 4 mm to 6 mm and an odd one with 9 mm. The recommended treatment is deep cleaning. Will oil pulling help the situation?

Answered by Dr. Prerna Jain


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Oil pulling is an ayurveda method that removes toxins from the oral cavity and reduces the chances of plaque formation. Although, there are no confirmed reports. However, oil pulling cannot remove existing plaque and tartar especially that is deeper into gums that ultimately gives rise to gum pockets. Thus, only use of this method is not going to help your gum pockets. You must get treated by a periodontist. Pockets occur along with bone loss around the tooth due to chronic plaque or tartar exposure. I advise you to get thorough deep cleaning done. Follow up and get evaluated for flap surgeries with or without grafts to improve the health of your gums. Avoiding deep scaling is only going to make the gum pockets more worse and the treatment will be more complicated. You can supplement the professional treatment with oil pulling occasionally.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Prerna Jain
Dr. Prerna Jain


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