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Effect of coconut and sesame oils on gingivitis



Priyanka Vinod Bansal1, Chinmayee Kulkarni2, Vishnu Teja Obulareddy*,3, Sravana Laxmi Penumaka4 & Kiran Kulkarni2



1Prosthodontics and Oral Implantology, Wakad, India; 2Rajashree Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Govt. Medical college Kolhapur, India; 3Virginia State Dental Association, Richmond, Virginia USA; 4Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontist, Government Dental College & Hospital, Vijayawada, India. *Corresponding author



Priyanka Vinod Bansal - E-mail: dr.bansalpriyanka@gmail.com

Chinmayee Kulkarni - Email: Kulkarni.chinmayee26@gmail.com

Vishnu Teja Obulareddy - E-mail: obulavishnuteja@gmail.com

Sravana Laxmi Penumaka - E-mail: sravanipenumaka7@gmail.com

Kiran Kulkarni - E-mail: kiranbk19@gmail.com


Article Type

Research Article



Received April 1, 2024; Revised April 30, 2024; Accepted April 30, 2024, Published April 30, 2024



The effectiveness of Oil Pulling Therapy (OPT) with coconut (CO) and sesame oil (SO) on gingivitis patients is of interest. Forty patients were randomly distributed into group A and B for CO and SO respectively. Participants of group A were explained in detail about the OPT with CO and group B with SO along with their routine oral hygiene practice for 30 days. The mean plaque index of CO and SO reduced from 1.5 to 1.32 and 1.65 to 1.36 (p>0.05) respectively after 30 days. The mean gingival index of CO and SO declined from 1.12 to 0.9 and 1.1 to 0.81 respectively after 30 days (p>0.05) compared to initial scores. The mean no. of colonies in the case of CO and SO declined from 35.8 103 to 32.4 103 and 6.8 103 to 34.6 103 after 30 days (p>0.05). OPT reduced plaque and gingivitis, according to the results of one month. Hence, we must increase awareness about oil pulling, as this home therapy can prevent gingival diseases in countries with limited resources like ours.



Oil pulling, coconut oil, sesame oil, gingivitis



Bansal et al. Bioinformation 20(4): 368-372 (2024)


Edited by

Vini Mehta






Biomedical Informatics



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