I first heard about oil pulling a little over six months ago. Why I didn’t do it right away? NO CLUE!
It is the easiest and cheapest way to regain oral health. Seriously.
Sure it takes 20 minutes out of your morning, but the results have totally been worth that time.
And we all know the truth, anything worth having is worth the time, energy, and effort you put into getting it!
In this case it was regaining excellent oral health.
I have been a huge teeth grinder for over 10 years – stress will do that to you. Let’s just say on top of having TMJ grinding your teeth makes for many headaches, teeth pain, and your gums becoming very sore or worse yet receding. I experienced all of the above and it became so bad recently that I went back to read all the information on oil pulling.
Each post mentioned whiter teeth, healthier gums, decrease in toothaches, fresher breathe, and overall wellness from the toxins being pulled from your mouth (yes, they all spoke about many health benefits of detoxing the body with oil pulling). Who wouldn’t want that?
Which lead me to begin a daily routine of swishing and pulling oil in my mouth for 20 minutes each morning on July 25, 2013.
I’m not going to write out all the benefits because others have done that so well already.
Read the following posts to understand why you should try this ancient oral healing routine for yourself!
- Oil Pulling for Detoxing
- Living Girl Living Foods: experience and tips
- The How, What, and Why? Of Oil Pulling
- Oil Pulling 101: What it is and Why you should start doing it!
- Coconut Oil Could Combat Tooth Decay
1 TBSP is all you need each morning. Simply pick which one you will enjoy the taste of the most.
OK now for the brave part of this post, sharing photos of my mouth! I don’t really love my mouth because of how crooked my teeth have become over the years from the constant grinding. But that isn’t important. What is important is how white my teeth have become in just 11 days!!! They are the whitest I can remember since being a young girl. I am 45 now and having a bright white smile is something to be proud of – especially since I have not used a dentist or any chemicals to get them this way.
(DECEMBER 2016 UPDATE almost 49 and still LOVE having a bright white smile - I've added a few new products to my routine - look for them in the next few months here.)
Here are some things I noticed after the first time oil pulling:
- The oil getting thick in my mouth after a couple of minutes.
- The oil went from tasting coconut to gross (dirty). Which I know is a good thing. It meant it was working
- It was way easier to do it than I thought it would be. I used my cell phone timer to keep track for me.
- When I spit it out into a plastic cup – I was really surprised how WHITE and THICK it got. Each oil did this – which is sort of cool knowing the coconut oil is clear and the others are yellow.
- Be sure you have a plastic cup or paper towels to spit it out in. You don’t want this oil going down the drain each day.
- You can do this any time – it is recommended to be done 3 hours before or after eating (on an empty stomach to avoid nausea). However, it is BEST to do it first thing in the morning before you drink anything, brush, etc.
DO NOT GARGLE with it either – same reason as above.
You can add in any essential oil that you want (MUST BE ORGANIC and THERAPEUTIC GRADE) to help kill bacteria in your mouth and for taste. I use Lavender Thieves Oil or this oil pulling salve a few times a week, which is known to be a natural anti-bacterial.
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For the first three days I used fractioned coconut oil.
Day three I used sesame seed oil. I was not crazy about the taste the whole time. It got much thicker in my mouth too and I used a bit less than I have of the coconut oil. Still very easy to do for the 20 minutes.
Day five I used sunflower seed oil – very easy to use and taste was just as nice as the coconut oil.
Day six through Day eleven I continued to use the coconut oil. I will switch back and forth with the sunflower oil. My husband is only using the sesame seed oil. In two weeks I will try to convince him to let me take a photo of just his gums to show you. He has severe gum issues and has had to endure several painful gum surgeries. After only four days he is noticing less pain in his mouth and his gums look healthier.
You can see in this next before photo my gum was so swollen, irritated, receding, and very unhealthy looking. In the after shot on the right the swelling is almost all gone, the gum is coming down over my teeth again, and I am experiencing NO pain when flossing or brushing (let alone eating and drinking). Just for the record making this face to get a shot of your gums alone is not easy – channeling your inner pirate is a must.
Now for the final gross photo – my tongue before and after. The photos don’t do it justice – because it looks healthy for the first time in YEARS! I’m detoxing little by little as I continue to oil pull and my tongue shows that. I should also mention the first few days I had a touch of a sore throat, weird taste in my mouth, a change in bowel movements, and my teeth hurt a little. That all ended by day four and has never returned. My mouth has never felt so clean and healthy!
This photo makes me laugh, because it is the only time it is OK to stick your tongue out at people. He he he!
A few final thoughts:
- Yes, you have to do it for 20 minutes to receive the benefits.
- Yes, you have to use organic oils otherwise you are putting more toxins into your body.
- Yes, you have to floss and brush your teeth regularly and visit your dentist for routine check-ups. I use a water-pik every single day – sometimes twice a day with 1 (one) oz. hydrogen peroxide to keep my mouth healthy and to help kill all bacteria in my mouth. To some this might be overkill but to me you only get one set of teeth and I want to do everything I can to ensure they stay in my mouth for my entire life. Not to mention the health of your mouth is directly related to the health of your body.
- Yes, you can achieve whiter teeth by doing this. How white they will get depends on your diet and if you keep up with oil pulling.
- Yes, I will try to convince several of our children to do this. Several of them have not been great brushers and their teeth and gums don’t look very healthy for children their ages.
- No, it will NOT hurt your fillings or caps, etc. I have plenty of both and no issues at all. NOTE: if it does cause any issues with your fillings or dental work it is a GOOD thing and thank GOD it brought a bigger issue to the surface. By oil pulling it began to reveal bacteria under the cap, filling, etc. Now you can address that with essential oils and a good cleaning at the dentist and keep oil pulling!
- I still do this 3 times a week with organic fractioned coconut oil.
- I do it first thing in the morning while showering and then spit it out in toilet.
- My teeth feel their cleanest on the days I oil pull.
- My breath is freshest those days as well.
- My gums are very healthy and no receding is taking place, even with me being a night grinder (yes I wear a guard).
- I’m still trying to convince our older children to give this a try. They can do it for five minutes tops. I won’t give up because it really will help their poor oral hygiene habits.
- I have changed my diet to 100% paleo and a new level of healing my gut has taken place. My tongue still shows signs of yeast and so do my feet – but NOT like it was when I first began oil pulling. I know I’m getting so close to having my body in balance for the first time in my life! YEAH!!!
- I know many won’t believe this but it is true…I find the oil pulling to be a great way to relax my jaw and yes my mind. It helps me release tension and that is a WONDERFUL thing for me (and you too)!
And that my friends is why I believe in oil pulling for excellent oral health!
Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed day!
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