STORY AT-A-GLANCE
Oil pulling, a traditional ayurvedic remedy that’s been valued for oral health maintenance since ancient times, is trending online
The hashtag #oilpulling has more than 350 million views on TikTok
Influencers are sharing videos of the technique and saying it makes their teeth whiter, gums healthier and breath fresher
Scientific evidence backs up oil pulling’s benefits: Oil pulling with coconut oil had a significant effect on plaque index score and reduced bacteria in saliva compared to controls
About half the medium-chain fatty acids that make up coconut oil are lauric acid, which has powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties; coconut oil has also been found to fight Streptococcus mutans, which is associated with cavities, and Candida albicans

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