I am considering trying oil pulling. I would like to do it to try and improve my overall oral health and whiten my teeth.
Does anyone have any oil pulling success stories they would be interested in sharing with me? If you do it, would you please add the type of oil you use, how often you do it, how long, etc. Has anyone tried it who felt that it did not do a thing for them?
Update: I tried Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil last night. I will admit that at first it made me gag just a little bit. But I got over it and did it while I was doing the dishes (in case I decided I needed to spit it out at any moment in time). It certainly made my tongue and cheeks tired from swirling it around my mouth for so long. I am trying to recover my mouth from 10+ years of chewing tobaccy (yes, it is gross, but I gave it up when I went paleo, ok?).
One of my favorite topics. I was plagued by 'deep pockets' in my gums. The dentist measured them twice a year for about 20 years (I'm 46). They were getting progressively worse. Having these deep pockets causes the need for painful deep cleanings and eventually turns into gum diseases. I was having many dental problems along the way, excessive plaque, crown replacements, filling replacements, cracked teeth, cavities.
Dentist kept telling me to brush and floss more and better. I did to no avail.
I discovered oil pulling in 2011. I swished a small amount (1 tsp?) of sesame oil every night after work for 6 months. In November 2011, I had 15 pockets deeper than 3mm. (3mm is where they start to track them). Most were 5-7mm, the deepest was 10mm. I discussed oil pulling with my dentist, he had never heard about it but said to give it a try.
In May 2012, I had only one pocket deeper than 2mm, the one that was 10mm was now 3mm. All the rest were non-existant or just barely detectable at 1mm.
My dentist and hygenist were floored. During the cleaning, which was usually painful and long, the hygenist kept commenting that 'there was nothing there to clean' and what was there, came off easily. They asked all kinds of questions and are both now oil pulling and telling others to do it.
I use Dynasty brand Sesame Oil, ingredients are "Sesame Oil". There are other brands, many a mix of other oils. I can't tell you if other oils work or are better, but I had great success with sesame oil and won't be changing. Every night when I get home from work, I open the bottle, take a small swig and swish it around for 20-30 minutes. Sometimes less if the phone rings or I have to talk. Sometimes I forget on the weekend. Afterwards, I rinse my mouth with water and then use a wet toothbrush, no toothpaste. In the morning before work, I brush with toothpaste and floss as normal.
It loosened up the plaque on my teeth enough that I could just brush and floss it away, which is pretty cool.
My teeth seem yellower, rather than whiter if anything, since having started to do it even though I have quit coffee and red wine, so I don't think it whitens teeth at all.
I do about 2 or 3 times a week, using Uncle Harry's Oral Swish. I have 2 spots where my gums have receded a bit, since oil pulling the areas are looking better and not as tender. I find that overall my mouth just feels a lot cleaner, and my gums feel really healthy. Ihave not noticed an change in color, but I do drink a fair share of coffee and go to many wine tastings for work.
Also, I think Uncle Harry's has some pretty cool mouth care products. I've used the oral swish, tooth powder, and remineralization powder.
A couple of years ago, I had a self-diagnosed abscess on a lower molar. The "gum" area way below the tooth (in the bone, I assume) was extremely inflamed and painful to the touch. The tooth was also VERY loose, probably because I had neglected flossing for quite some time. It was so loose, I was afraid it was going to fall out. As I had no dental insurance and was unemployed at the time, I did some online research and came across "oil pulling."
I chose to use some extra virgin coconut oil (which I already had) for 20 minutes twice a day, because of its antibacterial/antifungal/antiviral properties. The pleasant flavor was a bonus.
However, this was not a "controlled" experiment because I used every strategy I could think of to stop the infection. I had heard that dental abscesses can be very dangerous, and didn't want to waste any time (the crisis began on a Friday, so I allowed myself the weekend to experiment before possibly calling a dentist).
I also took large doses of vitamin C (critical for healthy gums and tissue repair), after realizing I hadn't been taking any for several months, and hadn't been eating a lot of foods that are high in Vitamin C.
I took immune-boosting supplements such as Echinacea, Astragalus, and some myco-medicinals (New Chapter brand) and brushed my teeth with a tooth powder containing salt, baking soda, and prickly ash bark (IPSAB brand).
After brushing and flossing, I used 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (straight out of the bottle) in my Water Pik (which I hadn't been using for a while, due to a busy schedule) on the highest pressure. I ignored the pain and bloody foam, and just DID it, since I knew it would knock out a bunch of bacteria quickly. Though the first few Water Pik treatments were painful and created a lot of bloody foam, the results weren't so dramatic in the following days, so I think this strategy was very effective.
After the Water Pik treatment, I did the oil pulling, but first I broke open the tips of a capsule of oregano oil (antibacterial/antifungal/antiviral), and a capsule of liquid turmeric extract (anti-inflamatory) and squeezed the contents into a tablespoon of (hardened) coconut oil. The coconut oil liquified as soon as I put it in my mouth, and diluted the strong flavor of the oregano oil. After the 20 minutes of swishing, I spit out the oil mixture in a trash can with a paper towel in it.
After the oil-pulling treatment, I cut a garlic clove in half, length-wise, and pressed the cut edge against the most swollen area. I held it in place for as long as I could stand it. When it felt like it was burning a hole in the tissue, I removed it, rinsed it off, minced it up and added it to a bowl with a little bit of olive oil in it. I swallowed this (about a tablespoon or two), and chased it with some water, as I knew about garlic's antibacteria/antifungal/antiviral properties and wanted to get it into my body in case the abscess was dumping bacteria into my bloodstream.
After a couple of days, I minimized the garlic poultice, since the tissue was extremely raw where I had held the garlic. Although the swelling of the abscess was going down at this point, I continued to take the garlic internally for a week or so, along with the herbal immune-support supplements and several capsules of turmeric extract (which is supposed to purify the blood).
Also, after the garlic-compress treatment, I used a Q-tip to dab the reachable parts of the tooth pocket and surrounding gum area with a Goldenseal tincture and then a Myrhh tincture. I used the Myrhh last, because it is very "gummy" and tricky to apply. I put up with the awful flavors.
I never did contact a dentist (which I couldn't afford anyway), because by Monday the infection seemed to be under control. It wasn't getting worse, and the swelling had gone down considerably.
During the weeks that followed, I continued with the oil-pulling and some of the other treatments, and was encouraged to discover that the tooth was not as loose as it had been. Within a few months it was as tight as can be. This year I had some inflammation again in the gum around that tooth, but the tooth is still very tight, so I'm assuming the bone grew back, even if the gums need attention again. I'm taking Vitamin C again, realizing that I had gotten out of the habit of taking it. This, and using the Water Pik with plain water seems to be enough treatment for now, as the tissue is no longer painful around that tooth. I think I'll start oil-pulling again, just to be on the safe side. : )
Only read a few posts here, but as a dental nurse I'd just like to advise - don't just skip out on going to the dentist. An abscess can signal not only infection, but also decay in the tooth which needs to be treated professionally. If you are talking about wisdom teeth it is pretty imperative to seek proper treatment, especially if you are having trouble with your jaw. There is a yucky thing called 'jaw lock' which is incredibly serious and associated with wisdom tooth infection.
In regards to recession, to the best of my understanding you can't get rid of tooth recession. You can help with pockets though!
I'm going to ask my dentist about this next week, I am very intrigued :)
Could it be that the effect of "pulling" is actually the fact that we are promoting salivation for 15-30 minutes per day of which we would normally not do. And the saliva swishing around our mouths is actually cleaning it.
I do it once a week, more if something has irritated my gums, using sunflower oil. I also use a homemade remineralizing toothpaste (http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/09/27/easy-remineralizing-toothpaste-recipe/). My teeth and gums are healthier than they have ever been, though I don't know if it is the oil or the toothpaste. I don't have any of the yellowness that Happy Now reports.
I have not noticed any change in the colour of my teeth, but they are definitely smoother, not only to the touch, but also just "shinier" to look at. I have a fake tooth that is carefully done to match my other teeth, so I'm actually happy it's not changing the colour :)
Overall, I think it is useful in loosening up plaque. I have switched to just oil pulling, going over my teeth with a moistened brush, and flossing. Teeth feel great. As a bonus, a coat of oil in my mouth when I'm congested stops me from getting that horrible dry-mouth overnight when I have to breathe through my mouth.
I do it probably 4-5 times a week using coconut oil. Best taste by far. I started because I had a pretty bad toothache that I attributed to something getting wedged under a crown. Did it daily until it completely went away (few weeks). My teeth feel a lot cleaner and my gums seem healthier. Though they were pretty yellow when I started, so if they're whiter it's hard to say, but they definitely aren't any worse than before.