Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Experience with Oil Pulling After One Week

I started oil pulling a little over a week ago. I was hearing about it everywhere and figured I would give it a go. I had my dentist appointment on Saturday and thought it was a good time to try something different.  I used coconut oil because I have a bad gag reflux and couldn't imagine using any of the other oils recommended based on the smell, texture, and taste. Coconut oil is very bland and I found it a lot easier to work with, though I absolutely hate the solid texture when it first goes in your mouth. Now, I'll share a little about my experience.
oil pulling with coconut oil
I used a tablespoon each time and I do it once or twice a day on an empty stomach. I let the oil sit in my mouth a little while to warm up and then it starts to liquify and you can start swishing it around. They recommend 20 minutes, but I typically aim for 15-20 minutes. The first time was awful and I barely made it to 10, but you get used to it. The trick is to get your mind on something else. I fold laundry, watch YouTube, take my shower, anything that makes you not think about the oil in your mouth.

After the time is up, I spit it out in a garbage can. The oil solidifies and can clog your drain, otherwise. I rinse with warm water, then brush and floss as usual, and use mouthwash. I honestly felt a change on the very first time. My teeth were smooth and brighter. After the first three days, my teeth were whiter and my gums didn't bleed when I brushed my teeth.

The last time I was at my dentist last year, he was worried with how much my gums were bleeding. He wanted to schedule extra appointments for scaling. This time around he noticed only one tooth area that bled while during my routine check-up. And I have no need for the extra appointments now! I've never had a cavity so I can't tell you if it makes a difference in that department, but it has definitely helped with my gums and tooth sensitivity.

The trick is to not let this take over your routine, but to make it a part of it. You still need to brush, floss, and all of that jazz. It's just an added bonus of protection. If anything, it forces me to spend extra time on my dental health which I admittedly am horrible at keeping up with sometimes. I was a total skeptic of this oil pulling sensation that has hit the masses, but after seeing and feeling the results, I'm sold on it.

I'm waiting to see if doing it long-term will give me the other benefits like relief from migraines, sinuses, and all of the other symptoms many other websites list. Bring it on and do your magic!

4 comments

Karen Calladine said...

I have seen quite a few people share their experiences of this. Yet to take the plunge myself x

Rebecca B. Bird said...

Very interesting. I have yet to ever try this but I think coconut oil is a good choice - much as I love olive oil, I can't imagine swishing it around in my mouth for 20 minutes without wanting to gag!

kpsays said...

I have never heard of this!!! Fascinating. I am very dedicated to flossing/brushing/mouthwash (whitening rinse). I am going to try this! I will do the coconut oil also! Thanks for sharing this!

Chelsea Nicole said...

I've heard so many people talk about oil pulling lately! It sounds interesting, but I don't know if I could stand to do it myself. I might be brave and try it sometime!

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