Ailment: Gum diseases
Remedy: Oil pulling
Oil pulling, how it works, why it works, instructions on how to use oil pulling, important notes on use, traditional natural home remedy for this list of ailments.
Visitors personal experiences with Oil pulling
Question posted by Michelle of Charlotte, SC, USA on 16 January 2015 at 11:11 3157
I jus had my braces removed after having them on for entirely too long, and I am embarrassed, my teeth are now straight but due to poor care I have ugly white areas due to decalcification. I have a dentist apt next week but I believe something may be going on as far as gum disease because I sometimes have tooth pain and sensitivity, and I see moderate amounts of blood when I brush. I am very worried. What types of oils do you recommend? Also is there anything I can do naturally to help remineralize my teeth to reduce the white spots?
Comment posted by Mallyn of Los Angeles, California, USA on 22 December 2014 at 7:44 3103
I'm a 27 year old female and I have not been to the dentist in years. Probably at least five. I'm terrified that I'll go and have pockets like 5 or 6mm. I'm almost positive I have either moderate to severe gum disease. There's really no way of knowing until I go in, but unfortunately, I don't have dental insurance as I'm on Medicaid and CoveredCA doesn't cover dental (damn them). I know I probably have it because when I brush and floss my gums bleed, and they feel sore often. I only have unrefined coconut oil on hand right now, but I'm going to get some sunflower oil as soon as I have some extra $$. I've heard really good things about sunflower oil for periodontal disease, and I want to at least 'calm' mine down before I find a job and see a dentist. I've been oil pulling with virgin coconut oil for about a week and one thing I noticed is that it makes my mouth feel really clean for the rest of the day. The cavities that I have on my back molars don't feel as sensitive when I do it either. I'm just afraid of losing my teeth to this awful disease, so hopefully oil pulling and vigilant brushing and flossing will help until I can see a professional.
Comment posted by dreamsofcalm of Atlanta, GA, USA on 17 October 2014 at 0:18 2966
I have only been doing Oil Pulling for a week and a day now but I love the results. It also helps me with my sinus issues and I feel more relaxed and I sleep better through the night.
Comment posted by LL of San Francisco, CA, USA on 17 September 2014 at 17:59 2873
I looked up natural methods to combat gum disease, because I had lost my job and health insurance and had yet to receive a new health plan thru CoveredCA. I started trying oil pulling with the only oil I had at hand, sesame oil. Yeah, it is gross at first, but just a few days of it and I noticed a huge difference. Up until that point, I had serious jaw pain and could barely take a bite with the back molars (3 crowns total) or the lower front, which felt weakened from gum disease. Now, I feel no pain whatsoever. This is pretty darned amazing. My teeth feel clean. I can smile without pain again. I feel like a normal human again
Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 25 July 2014 at 10:40 2736
To Courtney of Kyle,
Oil pulling could not do you any harm. At best, it will help your situation, at the worst, it will do nothing. You have nothing to lose by giving it a go.
May I also suggest that you use borax in a high dose, this may be a key to strengthening your teeth. Sodium bicarbonate also strengthens tooth enamel.
Question posted by Courtney of Kyle, TX., USA on 24 July 2014 at 23:34 2732
Desperation is the best way to put it. I am 32 years old, and only have 13 teeth left. I actually have a couple more than that if you count the teeth shattered off at the gum line or cracked in half with half the tooth missing. There are 6 of those half or snapped off teeth. My story starts about a decade ago when I was young and dumb. I had a sudden and severe drug problem with snorting crystal meth. Luckily it only lasted 11 months and due to a shocking moral situation, I quit cold turkey from doing 100 bucks a day worth. About 6 months later, my teeth started having some nasty cavities and not having ins, I had a couple teeth pulled, and life went on. I became a firefighter/medic, life was great, and then at 26 out of nowhere and no family history, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I did a year of chemo, two months of radiation, 10 surgeries. And started noticing my teeth deteriorating at an alarming scale. Having no job now, I was able to get Medicaid, which paid my cancer bills, but they refused me any dental. About a year after all that, and due to complications from the cancer, I had to have a complete hysterectomy at 28. And with me always disliking milk, from being allergic to it as a kid, my calcium levels were and are about as low as can be. With all that said, and my 13 lonely teeth, they don't want to give me dentures yet since bone loss and calcium and all that will mean by the time I'm 50 I won't have a lower jaw. And with all the cracks, cavities, bleeding gums, etc.... I honestly can't really do much more than use warm water and an infant training brush. I'm desperately trying not to lose any more teeth but not a week goes by that a piece of tooth doesn't break off. My health is not good. I am and have been only able to eat soft food for a few years now. I'm so embarrassed I've literally become a hermit. I'm 32 and my best friend is my horse. And a huge chunk of my issues all go back to my teeth. Sorry for this being so long, but like I said, I'm at the point of desperation. Do you think oil pulling might help me?
Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 17 May 2014 at 13:4 2570
To Craftie Crafter of Las Vegas: Please read the Grow Youthful page on Oil Pulling, there is a link at the top of this page. It does not recommend using tea tree oil, and I have never heard of using TTO in this manner. If you have developed a new gum infection while using OP it is also possible you may have another cause / ailment involved.
Question posted by Craftie Crafter of Las Vegas, NV, USA on 17 May 2014 at 5:32 2567
I have been using oil pulling now for about 12 days. I use sesame seed oil with tea tree oil. I have noticed some improvement, but yesterday I developed another gum infection. My question is, is this a normal thing? Do people still get the infections while using the OP? I take 1 tbsp 2x daily. Rinse then floss and brush. Any help would be great.
Comment posted by Chad of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA on 29 April 2014 at 1:18 2518
Trinity of Vallejo: I would love to hear an update from you. I hope it's working b/c I feel your pain. I'm 50 and have been living w/ periodontal disease (and Lichen planus) since my mid-30's. Since being diagnosed I've been very regimented in keeping my teeth clean, but still I have lost so much gum tissue over the years that I can literally breath easily through my teeth. I was recently put on two topical ointments to try to alleviate gum soreness and irritation that cost me $270 OMG!. I guess I'm fortunate that I haven't lost any teeth (yet) and that they are still strong enough to eat apples and such. But I'm so self conscious about my smile, its just amazing to me how much it this whole thing preys on my confidence. The black triangles between my teeth (missing gum tissue) is constantly in the back of my mind. Every day I think about getting my front 4-6 healthy teeth pulled and a bridge put it in the hopes that I can feel confident enough to smile again. Anyway, I started oil pulling a couple of days ago, twice a day. I've noticed my teeth are already whiter and my gums feel better. I haven't used either of the ointments since starting the oil pulling. I'm going to see if oil pulling is a solution to the gum irritation ... and I have to say I am encouraged at this point.
Comment posted by Trinity of Vallejo, CA, USA on 29 June 2013 at 21:22 1243
I'm a 20 year old female & I have periodontal disease. Last time I had checked at the dentist, which was in December, I had pockets as deep as 5mm. I can't believe that I'm such a young woman with such a horrible disease. It is honestly destroying my life. My breath is terrible, no body ever wants to sit next to me or even be remotely close. I remember I was about 18 when all this started. I brush & floss every single morning & night with no avail. Nothing seems to work for my breath, let alone my disease. I have become anti social, when I used to be such an out going lady. I've been ridiculed at former jobs & even by my own family. Well anyways, I did some research online & found this "oil pulling" remedy. So far it has only been 2 days so I can't say if it's working or not. But I will continue & hope to be one of the success stories that I constantly read & that inspire me. I currently use Coconut Oil. I've read that it detoxifies very well. Any who, I will be back posting results & hopefully they'll be positives one. God bless!
Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 13 January 2013 at 9:51 893
In reply to Stac: Of course!
Question posted by stac of north bay, ONT, Canada on 13 January 2013 at 3:56 892
can i do oil pulling with organic virgin coconut oil during antibiotics?
Comment posted by Margaret of Sydney, NSW, Australia on 30 July 2012 at 9:51 707
I have periodontal disease and was told that being diabetic is probably the cause, contributing factor. When I had problems a couple of years back I used oil pulling and the pain in the tooth I was concerned with stopped. From time to time I still do it but am supposed to have dental treatment for it but will be on a waiting list. I have dry mouth, dry eye as well. The eye specialist put me on omeaga 3 supplements and said the dry mouth is also a symptom. The dentist asked me if I drink enough water (yes) and she was interested in what the eye doctor told me. I stopped taking the supplements because the ones he supplied were expensive. I will give this another try as it does help a lot, just a bit of a nuisance.
Comment posted by Janet of North East, Victoria, Australia on 30 November 2011 at 17:14 535
I was put on two lots antibiotics due to acute periodontal infections, and was told about oil pulling by the naturopath at the health shop I purchased some probiotics from. Three days after finishing the antibiotics the infection returned, so I started oil pulling twice a day using sesame oil with a drop of wild oregano oil in it. The next day the pain had stopped, then the swelling and inflammation vanished. I've kept up the oil pulling, alternating between sesame oil and coconut oil every month and I haven't had any gum problems since. Also my skin has improved quite markedly, my teeth are whiter, and I don't suffer from a dry mouth any more.
Remedy (new) posted by Maxine of Burlington, Vermont, USA on 14 July 2010 at 20:48 317
I was in fear of losing my teeth to gum disease. It's amazing - three weeks after starting oil pulling, my gums are so much better. I have a dentist's appointment next week and I'm sure he will be equally impressed. He wanted to remove a lower molar but I feel this may change the outlook. My teeth feel firmer, and my gums have stopped bleeding and hurting. Also my teeth are whiter, and my breath is always fresh now.
I tried everything before this, being so disciplined with brushing, flossing, and rinsing. I was even prescribed antibiotics. Nothing ever helped. It just got worse and worse. I was paying hundreds of dollars a year to my dentist for cleaning and maintenance (and yes, I am insured).
So far, I have OP first thing every morning with organic cold pressed sesame, coconut and sunflower oil. Last week I also used a drop of oil of oregano oil. The taste is horrible but I know that it is working so effectively. The coconut oil is lovely, I have used it in my kitchen and on my skin for years. It feels terrific in my mouth and I love the taste, smell and texture.
Another delightful effect of the OP is that the floaters in my eyes seem to be less intrusive. They used to be a bit of a nuisance, but now I hardly see or notice them.
I even sleep better, especially after using coconut oil. This has been one of the most beneficial things I have ever done for my body. I can breathe better and clearer, my nose feels completely clear for the first time in years. I have to say, I was sceptical to start with. But I gave it a go anyway. Thank you, these are life-changing remedies!
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