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  • #61
    Originally posted by Cave Bird View Post
    OK i'm at work, and have no oil here, but I just tried this with water while sitting at my desk. I wanted to see if I could swish something in my mouth for 20 mins and if I noticed a difference. I got about 10 mins in and had to spit it out, but I noticed that my teeth looked really clean! I think there is something to all that swishing, I can't wait to try it with coconut or sesame oil!

    If you use coconut oil, isnt it solid when you put it in your mouth? or does it melt when you start the swishing?
    I think you are onto something there. I really think that swishing anything like that would be good for you. A dentist friend of mine said that the thing he would recommend if he were not getting free samples of mouthwash from several companies is simple saline water.

    I'm not saying the oil is bad for you , in fact CO is very healthy as a part of the diet, but I don't think it is doing anythign magical to the teeth. I think it's the swish.

    Originally posted by little vase View Post
    Has anyone else done this with CO right before bed and then not been able to go to sleep? I've done lots of oil pulling in the past but always with sesame oil. Last night I did CO for the first time and couldn't go to sleep for hours. I was SO pumped. Almost jittery.
    That's the MCT's metabolizing away.

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    • #62
      Oil pulling with coconut oil really made a difference in the whiteness of my teeth...so theres def something to it.

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      • #63
        I always thought this was interesting, but I'm not comfortable with the prolonged contact of the oil with the lining of my mouth. Not sure why, just doesn't seem like something I want to do. And all that sesame or coconut oil has got to get pricey along with the toothpaste needed to brush it out.

        But it did make me think that good oral rinses with water are a good idea. I keep a glass of water on my night stand; and every time I wake up and my mouth doesn't feel clean or fresh, I swish a mouth full of water for a few minutes and spit into the sink. I do the same thing when I get out of bed.

        My mouth feels so much cleaner in the morning, no more feeling like my teeth are wearing fuzzy little sweaters. And I think the nightly and morning rinses have to get rid of toxins I would otherwise swallow. And tap water is like, free.

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        • #64
          I've been oil pulling for about a week and a half now. My teeth are a little whiter. I also have a temporary filling that started falling apart (not caused by oil pulling) and I didn't oil pull one day. My tooth really started to hurt. I resumed oil pulling and it keeps the inflammation at bay. I go Thursday to fix the filling, btw.

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          • #65
            I wonder if this has anything to do with the flora in your mouth

            Maybe you're feeding the good bacteria with all that fat and it reproduces to a higher level that helps them kill the sugar-based bacteria, which then in turn reduces plaque, etc etc

            Just a random thought at 3am...

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            • #66
              I just tried this. 20 minutes wasn't as difficult as I thought. I had some coconut oil, but I'm curious to try the...sesame oil, was it? I just changed dentists, and was a little concerned about some gum recession. (The old dentist was tracking it, so was used to it.) I'm hoping this oil pulling will keep things healthy.

              (Anybody have gums improve--rather than just not worsen--with this regimine?)
              Vegan from 1993 until Oct 16, 2010. "D'oh!!"

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              • #67
                I had some pretty horrible gum pockets (moderate periodontal disease), and had the frighteners put up me by the dental hygienist. I started oil pulling and supplement with Vit. C (4000mg daily), and twice weekly 5 minute brushing with activated charcoal. I started with the activated charcoal after having a "deep clean" with the hygienist. Went back last week for a check-up, and the gum pockets have all but gone, and the gum recession has not got worse, but not improved. However, my teeth feel so much nicer that whatever the results, I'd keep on doing this! Not something I regret at all.

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                • #68
                  I plan on ordering some Thorne Research, Vitamin D/K2 drops $24 to add to sesame oil pulling. (10 drops contain 5000 IU vitamin D3 and 1 mg vitamin K2). using just 2 drops 1000IU/200mcg
                  or
                  get Thorne Research Vitamin D Liquid $14 (2 drops 1000 IU) + Thorne Research, Vitamin K2 $65 (1 mg of vitamin K2 per drop) separately and mix at a different ratio 2 drops D + 1 drop K2 = 1000IU/1mg

                  Thoughts?

                  ref:
                  https://shop.thorne.com/vitamin-d-k2-liquid
                  https://shop.thorne.com/vitamin-d-liquid
                  https://shop.thorne.com/products/vit...amin-k2-liquid

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                  • #69
                    Well, third consecutive day, and no issues. I'm doing the "swish during morning ablutions" method--which seems to be the least intrusive. (Interesting shaving with a mouth full of coconut oil.) Thick I'll pick up some sesame oil tomorrow and see how similar/different it is. The D/K2 drops is an interesting idea... Wouldn't drops like that have to be swallowed to be 'absorbed'?
                    Vegan from 1993 until Oct 16, 2010. "D'oh!!"

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by PrimalBlake View Post
                      I wonder if this has anything to do with the flora in your mouth

                      Maybe you're feeding the good bacteria with all that fat and it reproduces to a higher level that helps them kill the sugar-based bacteria, which then in turn reduces plaque, etc etc

                      Just a random thought at 3am...
                      My understanding is that the oil gets between the teeth and gums and displaces bacteria that would otherwise be undislodged. So there's an anti-bacterial effect.
                      Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                      Griff's cholesterol primer
                      5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
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                      TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                      bloodorchid is always right

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                      • #71
                        Originally posted by otzi View Post
                        I brush with Aquafresh in the am and swish with sesame oil in the pm. I would love to find some non-fluoride toothpaste up here. Have you found it?
                        In case anyone else is looking for toothpaste, it is ridiculously easy to make your own. I've been using my own baking soda toothpaste for several months now and I love it:

                        1/3 cup baking soda
                        1/2 tsp sea salt
                        10 to 20 drops peppermint essential oil
                        distilled water (add it very slowly until you have the consistency you want)

                        I've also seen recipes that include coconut oil in place of the water to make the paste. I think either way is better than commercial toothpaste with all of its chemicals.

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                        • #72
                          Interesting thread. I've tried it once or twice. I think I'll give it a long term try see what personal benefits I get from it may be.


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                          • #73
                            I do it with coconut oil for 6 months now, between 5 and 15 mins. Whiter teeth, no infections or colds and dentist is pleased.
                            Can strongly recommend that.

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                            • #74
                              I missed 5 days whilst away, and really noticed that by the end of those days I had sore gums and sensitive teeth. A week back into the the routine, and the teeth are no longer sensitive, and the gums are less painful. Not going to be missing doing this for that long again ....

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                              • #75
                                Originally posted by kot View Post
                                I plan on ordering some Thorne Research, Vitamin D/K2 drops $24 to add to sesame oil pulling. (10 drops contain 5000 IU vitamin D3 and 1 mg vitamin K2). using just 2 drops 1000IU/200mcg
                                or
                                get Thorne Research Vitamin D Liquid $14 (2 drops 1000 IU) + Thorne Research, Vitamin K2 $65 (1 mg of vitamin K2 per drop) separately and mix at a different ratio 2 drops D + 1 drop K2 = 1000IU/1mg

                                Thoughts?

                                ref:
                                https://shop.thorne.com/vitamin-d-k2-liquid
                                https://shop.thorne.com/vitamin-d-liquid
                                https://shop.thorne.com/products/vit...amin-k2-liquid
                                Personally I would be very careful with adding Vit C to the oil pulling. Vit C is very acidic and can cause damage to the teeth. I have seen people who sucked on chewable vitamin C lozenges end up with severe enamel erosion and resulting cavities from the weakened enamel.
                                Take the vit C separately.
                                There is even evidence now that drinking orange juice softens your teeth enough that brushing immediately after drinking it will erode enamel.

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