Comparing the Effectiveness of Oil Pulling using Sesame Oil Verses Coconut Oil on Plaque – Induced Gingivitis - An Interventional Study

Authors : Dr.Shamila Shetty; Dr. Misha Rose Mathew; Dr. Nishith R K; Dr. Disha Rai; Dr. Abhijith Shetty; Dr. Shrinidhi Ballal A B

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 3 - March

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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 son 7 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 scores. 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


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