Sir, I would like to share with your readers the concept of 'oil pulling' which is regularly performed in the southern part of India. It is an ancient Ayurvedic procedure in which a tablespoon of oil (preferably sunflower or sesame or other cold pressed refined oil) is rinsed or swished around the mouth, pulling it through the teeth. This procedure is carried out for about 15 to 20 minutes until the oil gets thinner and turns white in colour. The oil is then spat from the mouth and the mouth is thoroughly rinsed with warm water or tap water and cleaned with the fingers. People perform this procedure saying that it is a good exercise for oral musculature, reduces tooth pain, secures mobile teeth and eliminates bleeding gums. The literature has reported that it has been also used to effectively treat various disorders like bronchitis, eczema, migraine headaches, nerve paralysis, arthritis, blood disorders, gastroenteritis, peritonitis, meningitis, heart and kidney disorders, women's hormonal disorders, and chronic diseases like cancer, AIDS etc. The exact mechanism of the effectiveness of this procedure is not known, but it is said that it heals cells, tissue and all organs simultaneously. It activates the enzymes of the body and these enzymes draw toxins out of the blood. Also, during the swishing of the oil, the person's metabolism is intensified. In India, people perform this procedure early in the morning with an empty stomach. I feel that further research is warranted to know exactly how this procedure works in the case of odontogenic problems.