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Has anyone here tried oil pulling? (alternative to toothpaste)

Answered on December 16, 2013
Created December 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I went to the dentist today and despite my strict regimen, I have a cavity in one of my back teeth. My family as a genetic tendency to have poor teeth. Gingivitis, dentures before 40, etc etc. Mostly I think it is because they also all developed type 2 diabetes, but I've read that gingivitis and eventual loss of teeth can be a genetic trait.

Anyways, I was looking up alternative methods to healing your cavities and this article came up.

http://trinaholden.com/healing-cavities-a-true-weve-done-it-story/

I found it absolutely fascinating. I think when my toothpaste runs out, I'm going to try this once I get more information. Has anyone here done anything like this? How is it working for you?

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on December 13, 2013
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you're welcome =o)

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on December 13, 2013
at 01:17 AM

Oh dang, I wouldn't have made this question had I'd seen that, but the search bar kept bringing up a 404 error, so I went ahead and asked. Thank you!

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on December 16, 2013
at 07:14 PM

I do it fairly frequently and have noticed a significant difference in plaque and bad breath. I also wrote a post on it after I started trying it. There is not much in the way of peer reviewed scientific evidence on the topic, but what I could find, I note in the article.

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2013/10/21/oil-pulling-health/

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on December 14, 2013
at 10:30 PM

Sorry, there is just no evidence for oil pulling it's just another health craze. One of the claims is that the white bubbles in the oil after you swish it around in your mouth is toxins being pulled out from your teeth and tongue but its just the force of the swishing that is producing the bubbles. But if you really want to go with oil pulling for whatever reason I suggest doing it with coconut oil since it has some antibacterial properties.

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on December 13, 2013
at 10:29 PM

I have a deep pocket in my gum--not enough to need periodontal procedures, but enough to get food stuck that gets sore and inflamed. I floss and use an air flosser, but sometimes it gets very irritated from digging the food out, or when I miss something. Oil pulling really soothes the inflammation and promotes healing.

The hygienist has noticed an improvement in that pocket since I started doing it.

I would not use oil pulling to replace brushing and flossing, but it is a good adjunct to them.

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on December 13, 2013
at 09:24 PM

yes I've done pulling, not as a replacement for toothbrushing and I use baking soda in place of toothpaste. It definitely is helpful in many ways

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on December 13, 2013
at 06:40 PM

They tested oil pulling on a UK health show recently. I think it's called Health Freaks.

A panel of 3 doctors get members of the public in to promote their home remedies. One guy turned up with a jar of coconut oil and said oil pulling had transformed his dental health. The doctors thought it was worth a lab test.

I found the results here - thumbs downish for oil pulling:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/eastman/about/news/articles/131108-channel-4-health-freaks

My guess is saliva pulling would be the best practice.

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on December 13, 2013
at 04:26 PM

It's not an alternative to toothpaste, you should still brush your teeth. You can make toothpaste out of half coconut oil and half baking soda. Add a bit of mint oil or cinnamon/cassia oil for flavor and use it to brush your teeth. Mix them together while the coconut oil is melted, put it in the fridge so it hardens.

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on December 13, 2013
at 12:35 AM

I do it once a week with coconut. I have no plaque anymore.

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on December 12, 2013
at 11:15 PM

Hey @Kelly 1..I oil pull, but i don't know about it replacing toothpaste, anyway here's an extensive post on this very subject. Loads of great info here. Hope this helps. http://paleohacks.com/questions/146044/oil-pulling-success-stories-please.html#axzz2nIyVU5LK

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on December 13, 2013
at 01:17 AM

Oh dang, I wouldn't have made this question had I'd seen that, but the search bar kept bringing up a 404 error, so I went ahead and asked. Thank you!

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