I was desperate for dental improvement. After the birth of my daughter in August 2012, my teeth took a hard hit. Pregnancy took a lot of the calcium from my teeth. My first post-pregnancy dental appointment resulted in more than a few cavities. I had not had cavities in years and I had more cavities in that one visit than I had in my entire life. I stumbled upon oil pulling as I was searching for a solution to my dental woes. I have been engaging in it twice a day for 20 minutes for several months.
Purchasing the Right Oil
I began by going to a local food co-op and purchasing organic coconut oil. There were different reviews, coconut oil versus sesame oil. I chose the coconut. I could not wait to get home and try it, as I wanted to heal my teeth and have the bad bacteria pulled from them.
The Art of Pulling
Beginners to oil pulling usually start off with only 3-5 minutes. I was aggressive and started with taking a spoonful of the coconut oil, chewing it for about 30 seconds to turn it to a liquid form, and then swishing it through my teeth for 20 minutes. I did this twice a day, right when I awoke and right before bed. After the 20 minutes, I would spit out the oil into the toilet and flush the bacteria and toxins that were pulled from my mouth.
Did it Work?
After four months, I have not seen big results. My sensitive tooth is still sensitive and my teeth look the same. There were many posts on the internet that stated that oil pulling resulted in tooth sensitivity degreasing within three weeks, teeth becoming white, cavities healing, and people no longer feeling the need to brush their teeth. I purchased two jars of the organic coconut oil and I will continue to use until they both are gone; however, oil pulling for improved dental care did not work for me.
Should I try it?
I think that a benefit of oil pulling is that the 20 minutes of “pulling” the oil through your teeth can help give your gums a little workout which can benefit your dental health. As with any type of treatment or technique, some see positive results and others do not. Oil pulling seemed like such a simple task that it was something that was worth trying. Perhaps oil pulling did remove some of the toxins from my mouth; however, the noticeable results to me were very minimal.
If you are looking for improvement with teeth, I have found that cod liver oil and butter oil from Green Pastures has helped with my tooth sensitivity.