Context: Oil pulling or swishing, the ancient practice of
healing developed originally in ayurvedic medicine.
Coconut and sesame oil being common ingredients used
in Indian foods are easy to access. Besides having
numerous health benefits, these are also cheaper in
comparison with avocado, black cumin seed, canola,
cedar nut, and olive oil.
Aim: The study herewith strives for a comparison on the
effects of oil pulling with coconut and sesame oil for
people with plaque-induced gingivitis.
Materials & Modes: Participants were divided into 3,
namely, Group A – 26 people with plaque-induced
mild-to-moderate gingivitis using sesame oil for oil
pulling, Group B – 26 those with plaque-induced
mild-to-moderate gingivitis using coconut oil for oil
pulling, and Group C – 26 those with plaque-induced
gingivitis, following routine brushingalone. Plaque Index
and gingival index (GI) scores for the groups were
assessed at pre-intervention and post-intervention stage
th and 14th day.
Results: Severity of gingivitis had remarkably decreased
in Groups A &B on 7
thand 14th day. The decrease was
greater in these two groups when compared to Group C
which depicted only mild reduction in mean GI and PI
Conclusion: Oil pulling can be effective for oral hygiene
together with routine practices. Coconut and Sesame oils
are helpful to reduce the acuteness of gingivitis.
Keywords : Coconut oil, gingivitis, oil pulling, sesame oil