2 Health Trends to Avoid (and 2 to Try)
Roughly 72 percent of adults say they look online for health information, but with "miracle cures" gaining traction, it can be hard to tell what's good for you and what's baloney.
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The healing power of oil pulling is based on the notion that swishing oil (like coconut, sunflower, or sesame) in your mouth can prevent gingivitis, strengthen teeth, and eliminate bad breath. But does it work? The evidence is weak, says dentist Robert Collins, DMD, clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania's dental school. "No one in the scientific community recommends oil pulling, because there aren't sufficient data to prove it has any advantages." For oral health, Collins suggests brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice and flossing once daily. Both get the job done better than any fad treatment.
Verdict: Skip it.