Oil pulling as an adjunct to improve oral health in orthodontic patients: A clinicomicrobial study
Shweta Abhijit Kolhe1, Sheetal Patani2, Nitin Gulve2, Rakesh Pawar3, Sumit V Dhope4, Harshal Gajeshwar5
1 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, V.Y.W.S. Dental College and Hospital, Amravati, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, M.G.V.'s K.B.H. Dental College and Hospital, Nashik, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, ACPM Dental College and Hospital, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridges, VYWS Dental College and Hospital, Amravati, Maharashtra, India
5 Private Practice, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Dr. Shweta Abhijit Kolhe
54, Hari Om Colony, Sai Nagar, Amravati, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Introduction: Oil pulling is an Indian folk remedy with both systemic and dental benefits ranging from the strengthening of teeth, gums and jaws, preventing decay, oral malodor, and bleeding gums. However, there are limited scientific data illustrating the role of oil pulling as an adjunct to improve the oral health in orthodontic patients.
Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of oil pulling with sesame oil to improve oral health in orthodontic patients as compared to chlorhexidine (CHX) mouth wash.
Settings and Design: Twenty patients undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment were randomly selected. They were divided randomly into the study or oil pulling group and the control or CHX group with ten subjects in each group.
Methods and Material: Colony-forming unit counts of bacteria were assessed at baseline and after 14 days. Furthermore, patient acceptance from either group was evaluated using a questionnaire.
Conclusion: The oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in total colony counts of aerobic microorganisms in the patients undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment.