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Posted by Carlos (Barcelona, Spain) on 10/23/2011

[YEA]  Ok I just want to report after few days I have those white teeth that when I look in the mirror I'm amazed.

I always had beautiful big teeth but yellow in color so my smile wasn't such a remarkable thing. I don't smoke or drink coffee but they were yellow no matter the toothpaste I used. I don't know if I should keep doing it cause people will really notice it's getting to be a hollywood smile lol!

Posted by Brian (Minneapolis, Minnesota) on 08/08/2011

First time oil pulling although been winning the battle with other detox methods I figured why not try another along with them it couldn't hurt alternating. Just tried olive oil, and let me say olive oil doesn't taste bad however that being said after swooshing it through my teeth and around my tongue I started vomiting and nasal drainage was pouring out so fast I had to blow my my nose and cough much mucous up. After vomiting a few times I felt better so I went another round hoping to make it more than 15 seconds and I did for near a minute although I hit that point again and when spitting out the oil it was foamy with still a yellow tinge although this was my limit for the day.

I noticed instant results and will keep you updated as I feel over the next couple weeks, btw I had to mouthwash afterward from vomiting and to get the oil residue out and using listerine was more painful than I have ever experienced the past 40 years. I'm winning the fight of having a brain tumor, abdomen tumor, and foot tumor, along with lead and mercury poisoning over the years that left dense metaphesial lines on bones in my wrist. I'm still waiting to see doctors for treatment after diagnosed last February. I'd be dead if I hadn't taken matters in my own hands. Since my several month on off detox regimen with pectosol, chlorella, selenium, ALA, and a couple others I have felt abdomen gummed getting smaller by 60% and look like I'm 27 and not 38 in this short time. Winning as Sheen would say!

Replied by Robert
Cebu, Philippines
I don't think it's a good idea to use Listerine.
Replied by Carebear83
Ahwatukee, Arizona
Right, do not use listerine. Use water w/ baking soda and rinse out and then brush the teeth with baking soda.
Replied by Lynn
Hi, I'm very new to this..... What type of olive oil to use for oil pulling (from supermarket shelf for cooking/salad)? When brushing teeth, do you use the same type baking soda as for making breads/dough (the type in small bottle) in the confectionery ingredient shelf of the supermarket? Thanks a lot!
Replied by Diane
Loxahatchee, Florida, Usa
Lynn, just in case you didn't get an answer yet... I've been using "extra light" olive oil which has virtually no flavor. I find it's easier to do the oil pulling with something flavorless--makes me much less likely to gag. I can just put my mind on something else and not think about what's in my mouth.

Baking soda is also called bicarbonate of soda and is normally used in baking.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx
To Lynn from Singapore: I recommend extra virgin olive oil, organic if possible but at least extra virgin. For the baking soda/sodium bicarb yes you are thinking of the same thing. In addition to the supermarkets and wholesale shops, I also have seen bicarb soda in bags at my local Asian market in my US city. Get as big a bag or box as you can, you will use a lot of it and it is better value than lots of little boxes. I am new to olive oil pulling just like you. Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes. Citygirl from Richardson, TX USA
Replied by Annie
New Jersey
Oil Pulling - From what I have read online, people with crowns and/or false teeth cannot use this method as it will loosen the teeth or come out completely. Is there any other method for a detox? I'm really upset that I cannot utilize this method because I do have crowns.
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Annie, many of us who are oil pulling have fillings, crowns etc. and oil pull with no problem.

Posted by Carolyn (Renville, Mn) on 05/12/2011


I oil pulled twice today for 10 minutes each session (EV olive), I saw white foam at the corner of my mouth but both times I spat out it was yellow. Is this maybe because I can't press it through my teeth?

Also, does this help with sensitive teeth in time? Just at the time I was going to switch to natural toothpaste my teeth got sensitive & I switched to Sensodyne instead.

If it matters I am suffering from systemic Candida, & I am 39 yrs old.

This site is awesome & has given me new hope as I had no more money to spend on probiotics. Thank you & God bless.

Replied by Knute
Sacramento, Ca
I understand you oil pulled with EV olive oil, and it was still yellow after your session of 10 minutes. Well, in my experience, olive oil is the one type of oil for oil pulling that very rarely becomes white. Do not worry about it: You still get the positive effects.
After many years of oil pulling with sesame oil, sun flower oil and peanut oil, I have now added EV olive oil and coconut oil. The oils are all slightly different, but I like them all.
Replied by Shirley
Southland, New Zealand
Hi Carolyn, I'm sure the OP will have great effect. For cheap and incredibly good probiotics, google kombucha tea. You can make it at home for a few cents/L. Very good against candida albicans as the yeasts that will also grow in the tea are not spore producers like candida and will help muscle that bad yeast from your system. It is also loaded with enzymes, B vitamins and beneficial acids. I take Kombucha after OP and it's a great daily treatment for health.
Replied by Flygirl
Austin, Tx
Also try Capryl for your yeast problem. 1000mg a day can cure Candida. good luck.
Replied by Diane
Loxahatchee, Florida, Usa
Carolyn, about your sensitive teeth... I had that problem years ago and it was getting worse and worse, to the point that I had to use Sensodyne and if I switched back to regular toothpaste even once, the pain would come right back. Then I happened to read something about fluoride causing or aggravating this problem (it's been over 10 years so I don't remember clearly what it said). I switched to non-fluoride toothpaste and have tried to avoid fluoride ever since, and my problem went away almost immediately, never to return. I still don't swish ice water or ice cream around in my mouth, but I can swish tap water--and certainly couldn't before. I also recommend CoQ10 if you have any gum sensitivity or problems.

As for candida, I recently determined that I have a problem (relatively minor, but some symptoms were increasingly troublesome and I didn't want it any worse! ). I found a great product called Threelac, and after one month have noticed great improvements. Actually I saw some improvements just in the first week and it continued... But yesterday was the one-month point and I noticed then that my brain function was better than it's been in years. I'm thrilled and recommending it to everyone. (Just do a search and you'll find it.)

Posted by Artistgirl (Detroit, Mi) on 01/30/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Has anyone experienced impacted wisdom teeth since beginning oil pulling? I Have been OPing with olive oil for four months and suddenly I have two third molars erupting on me at age 46! I lost a first molar to tooth breakage after a root canal about eight years ago. I do not have a bridge in that spot, so I'm thinking there is now room in the back of my mouth so the second molar has shifted which gives the third molar room to sprout. It is a whole tooth, crown, the works but it is lying lower than it should and is poking through the skin next to my tongue.

Also, I've lost a filling since OPing and another tooth has broken. LOL! What will happen next?

Posted by Teck (Las Cruces, Nm, Usa) on 01/29/2011

[YEA]  I've been OPing for at least four days with extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil, about 15 - 20 min in the morning after I wake up. I noticed an immediate difference after the first OP, just in my teeth being slightly whiter and the clean feeling all over my teeth. Each day, my teeth have gotten whiter and stayed white throughout the day. I've been having some MINOR sinus drainage, but it also seems my face has gotten clearer (I'm pregnant, so I've been having facial issues with pimples and dry, itchy, red splotchy areas). After a full 30 days I will post again my results.

Replied by Guddi
New Delhi, India
I am a 66 year old overweight person. I got root canal and tooth implant done on 10 teeth. Two questions:

What impact will OP have on my tooth implants?

Will it help lose weight?

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
No idea as far as losing weight but my one implant is ok. I asked the surgeon and he said that it wouldn't be a problem! I did it while I had a root canal with no crown and the filling kept falling off. Was it because of the OP? I don't know. Some experts say that it can be if the root canal has a problem. I ended up losing my tooth because after putting the filling back a few times it broke.
Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.usa
Guddi; One never knows until one tries.

There is many sites in this forum on losing weight, I have found so many great messages on losing weight, but be sure to take things slow and easy, when we get over anxious too lose weight we could get sick in other area's. Good luck

Replied by Rene
Madera, California
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]   I have been oil pulling for two weeks now and started noticing improved results with my dry eyes. I just noticed that when I flossed my teeth one on my crowns is now loose. I am disappointed because of the positive results I was starting to feel.
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Unfortunately OP didn't seem to do anything for my dry eyes. What makes my eyes feel a lot better is putting a few cold slices of cucumber on them every day. I discovered that by coincidence when I decided to try the cucumber slices to get rid of the bags under my eyes! I have been doing OP for quite a while and to be honest I don't notice a thing!
Replied by Rusty
Kaneohe, Hawaii
[YEA]   I have been oil pulling for the past 2 years and the first thing that I have noticed is that I have not had a bad cold since then, and using olive oil at first was harsh but, I have become used to it. Losing weight I am way over weight and since I have been oil pulling I have lost 50 lbs and feel much better. I oil pull every morning before I have breakfast for about 20 minutes. When I come home from work I oil pull again this time longer over one hour while on my computer. Oil pulling is a part of my daily life. My over all condition has improved a lot. No more asthma atacks or wheezing and with the loss of the weight I find myself getting around much more instead of watching TV all the time. I am not as tired as how I used to be after losing the toxins that plays a major roll in my life. At the beginning my body was purging out all the impurities and this does happen. Depending on your condition. Everyones condition is different.

Also check on MMS by Dr. James V Humble and the cures that MMS can do for you like cancer. How the drug companies want to get rid of this Dr. Humble, because for pennies a day you can live much longer. Check him out. aloha, Rusty

Posted by Cruz (Yonkers, New York) on 12/02/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  When I started to pull olive oil 3 days ago, next morning wake up with a BIGGG HEADACHE! Ok, when to the bathroom and do it again, finish the second day (morning)and some yellow mucus never seen before came out thru my nose. Headache is gone. After that was clear mucus and stuffy runny nose.

Today is the 3 day and have whole day with stuffy (and runny nose), sneeze and cold like, no taste. Dont know what to think. If I still feeling that way maybe I stop pulling and try to massage my gum with the oil (the way my Mom did with babies to clean their (our) mouth.

Replied by Randy
Jersey City, Nj, Usa
Could just be a healing crisis--toxins wanting to leave your body. That's a good thing, keep doing it. Just be sure not to swallow... Spit out and clean your mouth thoroughly.
Replied by Betty
Groningen, Netherlands
[YEA]   Most weekends I use virgin olive oil for OP, swishing it around while I prepare breakfast for the family, refusing to answer anyone bothering me with irritating questions and remarks - OP is a perfect way to shut yourself off from unwanted conversations while the brain has not woken up yet!!

After 20 minutes I spit the oil into a little plastic bag with tissues, tie a knot in it and dispose of it. Then I brush my teeth with a toothpaste containing bicarb and other goodies, but here's the thing I have been wondering about: I get a strong taste/smell of ammonia in my mouth during and after brushing, until I rinse with propolis tincture. Any comments anyone?

PS My eyesight has improved so much I've had to replace my spectacles. And I don't need any glasses at all for reading now! My optician was amazed. he clearly didn't believe me until he had tested me.

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky
Betty, the ammonia smell could be some kind of chemical reaction w/ your tooth brush formula as I have never read any report of this as result of O.P. so do your brushing at another time but do a post-clean w/ H2O2 gargle; then monitor for the A smell.

Posted by Natalie (Wayne, Ne) on 10/27/2010

[YEA]  I decided to try olive oil for pulling, because I had it in the cupboard. I am a mouth breather and sometimes it's hard to get my roof and tongue in my mouth clean. I figured that I used baby oil to clean up tar once, I bet olive oil might be able to get the real sticky stuff. VOILA! My tongue looks and feels so much better- also I can tell a difference in my gums. So far this is a great experience. I am not sold 100% on the claims to heal everything, but it has helped my mouth!

Posted by Tech Man (Western Nc) on 09/29/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I started oil pulling with coconut oil 2.5 months ago with great results. Plaque disappeared from teeth, gums stopped bleeding after 2nd day, intestinal health improved, much better digestion, etc. The only die off symptoms I experienced were a mild candida die off in my throat and tongue, which wasn't severe at all. The other day I decided to try Olive oil. I read that by most accounts, coconut oil seemed to have the most die off reactions so I expected the olive oil to be mild in its effect. Well, after pulling with EV organic olive oil I had a healing reaction with the most die off I've had in years! The symptoms were intense intestinal duress, swollen glands and throat, body aches, extreme fatigue, severe flu, fever. This was hiding in my body and remained unaffected by the coconut oil. I will continue pulling with olive oil until the toxicity is gone. It seems that in my case, switching to another oil flushed out some unhealthy life forms living with me that the coconut oil did not affect. After these symptoms disappear, I will test out another oil to see if there is anything else lurking there. If you are interested in cleansing your body of toxicity, I highly recommend trying different oils after any die off symptoms subside. Also, for those new to cleansing, make sure your organs of elimination are working properly and assist them with herbal formulas so the toxins that are stirred out of hiding do not get reabsorbed. Three areas of focus that come to mind are the liver (coffee enemas help dramatically), kidneys, and colon.

Posted by Tasha (East Coast, Usa) on 09/23/2010

[YEA]  Oil pulling for headaches

I wanted to try oil pulling just for laugh and giggles. It seemed to be such a cheap and effective detox. I always wake up with headaches. I have insomnia and I grind my teeth terribly, all contributing factors Im sure. Usually they subside after waking, sometimes they stay with me through the day. Oil pulling with Virgin Olive Oil for 2-4 minutes(yes white and thin already) eliminated these headaches after a minute or two. In fact, I felt great after doing it. It was only after reading about the sideffects of OP on tooth fillings did I quit. I only did it for a few days. I really, REALLy hate that I had to stop. But I have metal fillings and am in need of 8 new more and cannot risk them being harmed by OP. I do, HIGHLY recommend oil pulling.

Replied by Flygirl
Austin, Tx
Why does OP hurt your fillings? It's only oil.
Replied by Shopgirl
London, Uk
I am also wondering what the effect of OP is on fillings in the teeth....
Replied by Jerry
Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada
I started last week and broke out with hives and some itchy so I stopped doing it. Hope it gets over soon. PS I used pure olive one TBL. Spoon in morning. Jerry

Posted by Janet6 (Brooklyn, Ny) on 09/18/2010

[YEA]  I have been doing OP with virgin olive oil for over four years. This has now become part of my morning routine. The first week I started, I experienced a clean palate which I think resulted in my new experience of foods. I now enjoy my foods and eat with more gusto. My other observance was that I slept more soundly and felt more refreshed and energized upon waking. Each day I eagerly started my morning doing O/P and then a thorough brush with my regular tooth-paste and baking soda and salt. My breath definitely improved during the day. However, the most important and startling feature of this new practice for me was that it cured my hives. I suffered with this allergic reaction for more than 20 years and all I got from my doctors was temporary relief. I had been using Benadryl, Allegra, Zyrtec, Prednisone among many but when I started O/P, it cured my allergies, which came out in the form of hives (raised irregular shapes all over my body which were crazily itchy and ugly). I could not even talk about them, I felt like they were listening and would re-visit me. After four years of O/p I think this is the most amazing thing that could happen to someone with allergies. I feel that anyone with allergies can benefit if I can. I have been passing on by word of mouth to all my friends and family and those who try it tell me the wonderful results they too are having. I believe this has even helped me with whatever pain I have had in my shoulders and knees. I have experienced expelling a lot of phlegm which I am amazed is in my body as I never seem to have a cold or cough. Over the years, my face has gotten smoother than when I was younger. No one believes how old I am and I will not tell. I have used sesame oil and sunflower oil and I like olive oil the best.

Posted by Bart (Brooklyn, Ny) on 08/19/2010

[YEA]  I've had a really bad tooth infection for the past couple days, so after scouring the internet for solutions, I found oil pulling. I'm a bit skeptical, but my good friend is currently on the regime, which seemed harmless to her. The only thing I had on the pantry was Extra Virgin Olive Oil.... Swished around 2 tablespoons worth for approximately 15 minutes, and the pain was leaving me! It kind of blew my mind. The next morning, the swelling in my gum went down slightly. It was pretty much gone the day after. I haven't noticed anything else with using it. The infected tooth is chipped in half from an accident awhile ago, and I've been waiting for a root canal. Luckily this will hold me over for another week.

Posted by Kaitlin (Chester, Va) on 05/10/2010

[YEA]  I have been incredibly ill with a sinus infection the last three days--high fever, sore throat, yellow mucus, horrible headaches, and even vomiting. This one was really a doozy; I haven't been this sick in a long time! I tried oil pulling with the extra virgin olive oil I had in the cupboard, and after three minutes I had to spit it out because I started coughing up mucus and didn't stop for five minutes. My head started clearing up, too. While my throat is now even more sore from the coughing, the rest of me feels relief for the first time in days! I will definitely continue oil pulling and update on the results.

Posted by Christel (Nolanville, Tx, United States) on 03/31/2010

[YEA]  Some months ago I had this terrible tootache (not the first time-always the same one) and tried several things, all of which where short lived relief. I searched the web and came upon this strange thing called oil pulling. Curiosity made me read up on it and since I had no sunflower oil (as mostly recommended) I decided to give it a try with extra virgin olive oil (which I keep at all times). It was almost like a miracle. The throbbing subsided almost immediately and after 3 days it was all gone, including the swelling. Since then I have not had any problems with this particular tooth, I just try to keep the area very clean, and since I have learned a thing or two about toothpastes I now brush my teeth with bentonite clay. I really wish I had known a lot of things a few years ago, I might have been able to safe the rest of my teeth (I wear a full denture on top), but now I want to at least keep what I have left on the bottom, and so far it's working.

Posted by Claudia Gelli Larsson (Höör, Skania, Sweden) on 03/05/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi, am hoping you can help me. Started oil pulling with extra virgin olive oil - and, horror of horrors one of my very old silver fillings fell out. I have not had a cavity in years; I do however, still have silver fillings in some teeth. Should I still continue oil pulling? Or possibly wait until I replace my silver fillings? This may take me some time as the procedure is quite expensive. Can anyone advise me? Is it perhaps the EVOO usage? Should i use sesame oil instead (as prescribed in Ayurvedic medicine)? HELP!! THANX SO MUCH FOR YOUR WONDERFUL WEBSITE..

Replied by Cag3db1rd
Tulsa, Oklahoma
It might be a good thing that your silver fillings are coming out. Silver fillings are often full of mercury. I might suggest seeing if they can be replaced with acrylic.

It's amazing how our modern lifestyle has caused us all these health problems, and the only thing we can do to repair the damage is go back to the old ways of healing. Western medicine just doesn't seem adequate anymore to me.

Posted by Donald (Radcliff, Kentucky) on 02/11/2010

After discovering your site, I decided to try the oil pulling (could only find cold pressed olive oil). Started Feb 4. Will monitor and send results. Also started apple cider treatment for blood pressure. I have found that after the oil pulling and rinse, drinking the apple cider cleans and freshens my mouth

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