Posted by Erin (Chino Hills, California) on 12/05/2012
I love my gums and my teeth and am very proud of them... But for some reason all of a sudden my gums felt like they were receding and because of my smoking habit seemed to be losing their brightness. So I started to look into natural cures instead of going to the dentist; I never could stand the dentist... I felt that whenever he would stick his pick in my teeth and then yank on each of them, then trying to create a deeper crevice in it, I knew there was something not right about this being the only method of keeping our teeth healthy.
Anyhoo, so I started to oil pull sporatically when I had the chance. I work night shift every night so my sleeping habits are all backwards, not to mention eat candy to keep me awake in the night.
I bought safflower oil from the grocery store, and the first effect I noticed, or more like my friends noticed, was how great my skin looked within 1 DAY! I have had horrible acne for about 6 years due to starting meth as a teen but even after I stopped using for some time my face felt horrible. Next effect was actually scary until I realized what it was due to. I started to sleep non-stop. I felt like I should go to the doctor or something or I had hypersomnia. Then I read a couple messages on a few boards and saw that oil-pulling can cause the body to detox/make you sleepy. PHEW... So I'm guessing my body really needed it.
THIS IS THE SCARY PART! So as I was swishing the oil one night, I actually fell asleep with the oil in my mouth! Next thing I know I felt myself swallow and realized suddenly that I had swallowed all of the toxins back down again! I don't even know how long I left the oil just sitting in my mouth for. I quickly tried to spit it out and rinsed with water.
Since that one incident, my gums have receded so dramatically I almost burst into tears every time I see them bleed. I can't even smile anymore and I'm so self conscious and uncomfortable around everyone. Can someone help me please? I don't know if that was the reason for this and if there is a way I can strengthen and remineralise???