Hard to believe that at such a young age, I would receive the news that I have 89% bone loss in my jaw and due to this fact I didn’t meet the criteria for a gum or bone graft or even an implant as there was no enough bone/gum left. I didn’t even realize that was possible and as the Periodontist explained that there was no hope to save one of my front teeth I cried. I listened to him explain how a bridge using 4 teeth was the only solution and requested a pre-treatment quote from the insurance company. Later, I went home and as I always do, I became obsessed with the idea of correcting the damage on my own before succumbing to such drastic irreversible measures. I came across a book called “Cure Tooth Decay” -by Ramiel Nagel. Although this book was very informative it’s dietary suggestions were not a great fit for my lifestyle. What I did take away from his book was an understanding of which nutrients may be missing from the diet of one with oral health concerns. He explained the damaging effects of sugar in such a way that I quit it completely without a second thought. I quit everything I was consuming that could further damage my gums and slow the healing process. I purchased a Water Pik and a variety of supplements and started trying to complete the impossible task at hand. I felt better right away but I was growing impatient that results were not apparent overnight. I kept researching the internet until I came across oil pulling. When I first read of the process in which you swish oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes twice daily, I was a little hesitant. It sounded very unpleasant but I had nothing to lose and I’ve always found natural healing methods to be rather fascinating versus modern medicine. Within moments I had my pure olive oil out of the cupboard and ready to swish. The time frame seems like a long time but if you start before a task it will go by much faster. I chose to start the oil pulling right before a shower. When the time is up you spit out the oil, rinse with warm water and what I like to do is brush with fluoride free toothpaste and then mouthwash to get a more clean feeling. I made it about a week with the olive oil before looking for a new type to pull with and I decided on sesame oil (I chose organic from a smaller company). I am now spending about an hour a day on my oral health but it’s less about saving the one tooth now as it is saving my entire mouth as well as the rest of my body which can be negatively impacted by poor oral health. Within 2 weeks I have noticed my gums are no longer bleeding or aching, my teeth are whiter, my gums are a healthier shade, and the tooth seems stronger as though the gum is holding it tighter. My journey has just begun and it will be a difficult one but I have a feeling that the rewards will far outweigh the challenges and sometimes that’s all it takes to make dramatic changes in our life is to decide which is more important to us.