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Dr. Meenakshi Motwani

MBBS, DNB (Pediatrics)

Pediatrician, Bangalore

32 Years Experience
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Dr. Meenakshi Motwani is a renowned Pediatrician in Koramangala, Bangalore. He has been a practicing Pediatrician for 32 years. He is a MBBS, DNB (Pediatrics) . He is currently associated with Dr Meenakshi Motwani in Koramangala, Bangalore. Book an appointment online with Dr. Meenakshi Motwani and consult privately on Lybrate.com.

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MBBS - Banglore Unversity - 1987
DNB (Pediatrics) - National board of examinations - 1989
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Oil Pulling - Miracle or Fad?

BDS, FICOI, MDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Oil Pulling - Miracle or Fad?

After multiple patients have asked us about the authenticity of oil pulling as a technique, here's what we have to say:

There is no denying all of us wait for a miracle cure to that terrible disease called dental decay. Much of a dentists or a dental hygienists time goes into answering the question,

why do cavities happen? or how do I prevent cavities?

While people usually assume the answer is brushing and flossing there are some lesser known ancient techniques and some ultramodern gadgets that have contributed to our arsenal of options to keep your mouth healthy.

Oil pulling being one of them has been in the limelight of late.

What is oil pulling?

This oral therapy is a type of ayurvedic medicine that dates back 3, 000 years. It involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil typically coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil in semisolid form (as shown in the pic) in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spitting it out.

Start with just 5 minutes a day. Twenty minutes of swishing is a long time, and while the longer you pull, the more bacteria you'll remove, 5 or 10 minutes will still offer some benefit.

A gentle swishing, pushing, and sucking the oil through the teeth is all that's required

Don't swallow. if you find it hard not to, you likely have too much oil in your mouth, spit it out and try again with a smaller amount. just discard the used oil into the nearest cup or trash can.

Why oil pulling? how does it work?

Recent studies show that oil pulling helps against gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath.

How? most microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell, cells are covered with a lipid, or fatty, membrane, which is the cell's skin. When these cells come into contact with oil, a fat, they naturally adhere to each other.

Which oil?

Use coconut oil. While you can get the same bacteria-fighting benefits with sesame or sunflower oil, coconut oil has the added benefit of lauric acid, which is well-known for its anti-microbial agents. Also, a recent study found that coconut oil may help prevent tooth decay.

coconut and sunflower oil aren't the only oils with dental health benefits. For irritated, inflamed gums, rub a little vitamin e oil directly on the surface. It's rich in antioxidants, easily absorbed, and helps regenerate healthy gum tissue.

Additional benefits


Reducing decay
Whitening teeth by keeping clean and smooth surfaces that do not lodge food.
Eliminates bad breath
Preventing gum infections caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth


Expert tip

It doesn't reverse the effects of tooth decay, but it's a great supplemental therapy to reduce the bacterial count in the mouth thereby decreasing the likelihood of decay and other dental and systemic diseases.

The only disclaimer we would want to put in is


Do not ingest or swallow the oil in all your enthusiasm and,
Don't skip brushing and flossing. Oil pulling should never replace routine dental visits and traditional home oral care.


While oil pulling can't change your life or make you never need to go to a dentist again -try it for yourself, if it reduces your chances of decay and maybe even helps you ace your next dental visit with no new cavities.

We say thumbs up! pull away!

Please try this safe and natural practice and let us know how you find it in the comments section.

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Hello doctors, good afternoon, I am having a 9 months old baby boy, from birth to now I am giving milk (both mother and nano powder) now he is very much hungry, what should be give to the baby for his hungry, thank you.

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Ponda
Hello doctors, good afternoon, I am having a 9 months old baby boy, from birth to now I am giving milk (both mother a...
Cut down on top feed while continuing breastfeeding feeding. You can add ragi fruit juices vegetable soups dal & rice bread/biscuit/rawa/porridge/chapatis in milk.
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My baby Have 1 years old her face in blood clotting can I use Thrombophob gel please suggest me.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
My baby Have 1 years old her face in blood clotting can I use Thrombophob gel please suggest me.
Better give her arnica 200 1 dose only. It is advisable to take proper treatment under physician's assistant. Apply ice covered in Cotton dupatta instead of any ointment or gel.

Suggest me good liquid for cleansing of my babies feeding bottle ? Can we clean with normal soaps and liquids.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Suggest me good liquid for cleansing of my babies feeding bottle ? Can we clean with normal soaps and liquids.
The best advise is not to bottle feed infants and give breast milk and feed from cup. If you must, you can use soap for cleaning.
1 person found this helpful

BDS, MDS, MBA (Healthcare), FAM
Dentist, Hyderabad
Take care!
1 person found this helpful

My baby boy is 6 week old. . . He is suffering from running nose and cough. . . please guide Does sinarest af drops for running nose and mucolite for cough will help?

MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician, Jamnagar
My baby boy is 6 week old. . . He is suffering from running nose and cough. . . please guide
Does sinarest af drops f...
This seems to be viral infection. Saline nasal drops if nose gets blocked. Paracetamol drops for pain/bodyache leading to more crying and also if fever which reaches 100 degree f. See a pediatrician if baby starts breathing fast or is not able to take feeding well.
1 person found this helpful

When should I introduced my PREMATURE baby milk bottle now she's 2 months and weight 2.5 kg now she's feed with dropper.

B.Sc.(Hons), P.G.Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
When should I introduced my PREMATURE baby milk bottle now she's 2 months and weight 2.5 kg now she's feed with dropper.
Hi lybrate-user, You should continue with your feed till 5- 6 months as the baby is premature and delicate .She needs to build body immunity first with mother's milk. Also consult your baby doctor.
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My son age now 6 month plus, we are given lactodex 2 & cerelac1 for feeding, is it sufficient to him also take from her mother, please advise?

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), F.I.A.M.S. (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Muzaffarnagar
My son age now 6 month plus, we are given lactodex 2 & cerelac1 for feeding, is it sufficient to him also take from h...
U can introduce home prepared semi solids like dal daliya khichadi suji kheer mashed liquid potato mashed banana etc one item once in a day gradually twice a day changing items. Dairy top milk with spoon or small gilas is preferable. Continue breastfeeding for about 2 years of age.

My baby boy is 9 month his inguinal hernia nd undescended testicle operation was last week, I want to know in future no problem his fertility.

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
My baby boy is 9 month his inguinal hernia nd undescended testicle operation was last week, I want to know in future ...
Timely surgery should have saved the testis. If the hernia and undecended testes was only on one side, there should be no problem with fertility in any case because one normal testicle is sufficient for fertility.
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