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
Comment posted by davej of leesburg, VA, USA on 10 August 2015 at 23:49 3598
I had developed some pain and bleeding in a couple back molars. I didn't floss regularly or visit the dentist (maybe 3 years ago). Pain had developed while chewing with the back molars so I saw the dentist. He wanted to do a deep cleaning , etc. I didn't like this dentist so I held off. Started oil pulling with organic coconut oil from costco. The first pull created a soft plaque that was removed easily by flossing. It was pretty gross but I realized that this must be doing something good. Flossing had never been that effective before. After 4 days there is almost no pain or bleeding on the back molar area while flossing and brushing. I have another dentist visit in a couple days and will be happier with no bleeding while brushing and flossing. I think that I avoided a large dental bill for deep cleaning/scraping. I have no pain now while chewing my food - after just a few days. I have noticed my teeth whiter and feel smoother.
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!