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Oil Pulling: An Ancient Practice for a Modern Time

  title={Oil Pulling: An Ancient Practice for a Modern Time},
  author={G. M. Bekeleski and G. McCombs and W. Melvin},
The practice of oil pulling or oil swishing is a time-honored Indian folk remedy that involves swishing edible oil in the mouth for oral and systemic health benefits. Oil pulling offers a naturalistic approach to oral health care for a growing body of individuals who desire alternative and complementary medicine. The purpose of this paper was to summarize published research on the effectiveness of oil pulling on oral health. Literature was retrieved from 1992-2011 through databases including… Expand

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