Oil Pulling for Receding Gums

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Posted by Donna5783 (Dothan AL) on 01/20/2024

I have been oil pulling with coconut oil and the results have been amazing. It has cured my recurring gum infection. Something that 2 rounds of antibiotics did not do. I do it 2x a day once after brushing in the morning and before I go to bed. It has also whitened my teeth and removed ALL stains from a mouthwash that I was using!

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Posted by Natalie (Ottawa) on 04/04/2016

I've been doing coconut oil oil pulling for months now and it hasn't done anything. Even started doing the sea salt since and it's doing nothing. My 2 bottom from teeth are actually becoming looser now then they use to be. I've tried every natural remedy possible and nothing is working and I'm only 25

Replied by Emily

Have you checked your serum vitamin D? Taking 5000 - 10000 iu a day may help.

Replied by Maria

The body can always heal with the right treatment. Coconut oil and red sage tincture both help to reverse receding gums.

Replied by Dano
(Saudi Arabia)

You have mineral deficiencies that cannot be replaced with external treatments. Do some research online and find out what you are lacking or try some mixwd supplement specifically for
Strengthening weak gums.

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Posted by Kaye (Qld, Australia) on 01/21/2016


Oil Pulling: be careful if you have periodontitis

My gyms started receding because of gum disease so I thought id give oil pulling a try. It only took 5 days before every tooth in my was wobbly and gum recession is worse than ever. Now I'm looking at complete mouth reconstructive surgery. Jaw bone reconstruction, gum graph and implants for EVERY tooth. It drew out the infection that had reached my jaw bone. I didn't even know I had gum disease. I just thought I was brushing too hard or using a mouthwash with t0o many chemicals.

Replied by Nattakit
(Bangkok, Thailand)

I oil pull everyday with exceptions only when I'm not at home and inconvenience to do. For 6 years I've been doing and it does not cause any single complication.

I suspect that your problem is caused by incorrect oil. Do you use cold pressed organic oil? If you use any cooking oil, it could cause problems you are experiencing. I had this problem once when I used sunflower cooking oil at the suggestion of my Indian friend. Cooking oil is much different from cold pressed oil. It passed through chemical processes and useful acids, ingredients are taken away to be infused with chemicals, hydrogen to upgrade quality to suit people preference and good for marketing.

When you oil pull, your body will release toxins to the oil in exchange with acid, minerals useful to the body through minute capillaries and this is the reason why natural cold pressed oil is used. The use of cooking oil will cause your body to receive toxins. Best time for this is first thing in the morning after finishing nature calls and before tooth brush. If you wish to do during the day, do 3 hours after meal or 1 hour after drink. Each session should take between 15 to 20 minutes, the reason for this may come from the fact that it takes 17 minutes for blood to travel all the body.

In India, the origin of oil pull, they use either sesame, sunflower or mustard oil. I use only sesame as it is easy to find, cheap. I have deep sleep without snore, no sleep apnea that used to occurred occasionally. My skin is clear, no sweat palms, no cold. Dental hygiene couldn't be better. Other types of oil may cause different results. For me one time in the morning is good enough without tooth brush, only gargle few times with salt water afterward to clean the remaining oil.

Stay away from processed oils, they contain toxin and they are made from GMO crops. Also use only sea or Himalayan salts. Fine grain table salt is also mixed with chemicals to keep it dry and nice looking.

To solve your problems, gargle frequently with sea salt mixed in lukewarm water and start oil pull using sesame cold pressed oil.


If you happen to check back after 5 years, can you leave a link for the cold-pressed oil that you used?

Replied by Tony

Nattakit from Bangkok - Great post. I also had periodontal disease and read about oil pulling and started using cold pressed sunflower oil. It only took 2 weeks for my teeth to tighten in my gums. I went to the dentist after a month of oil pulling and my hygienist could not believe how my teeth had improved. My brother also did the same thing. I agree with you about the kind of oil to use. It must be organic cold pressed. Another side note about oil pulling is vision improvement. I'm 55 years old and still do not need glasses. Just after turning 40 my vision was failing. After only 6 months of oil pulling, my vision improved greatly. Thank you again for your positive post.


ANY cold-pressed oil will do! I get mine from Costco cause it's cheap. Just so long as you're doing it, you will reap the benefits. I am still in awe of what Oil Pulling has done for me.

Replied by sandy

My experience some what close to yours. Of course my teeth problems was chronic, and when I started oil pulling, one of my tooth became and wobbly and fell after few days. I had route canal and cap and that one also fell when I started oil pulling. I used only cold press organic sesame and sometimes coconut oil. May be my bone loss was severe. But most importantly, I read in one ancient ayurvedic book, that our gum health is the mirror of our intestinal health. So from my experience, I want to advise that take care of what you eat and how your bowel moments are. Because when I constipated, my gums were swelling that day.

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Posted by Roop (Uk) on 01/12/2016

Hi all I'm 23 and I've had receding gums since I was 19, a lot on my lower central incisor and the a little on the lower canines.

I tried a lot of things, but I finally found something that works. Oil Pulling with Virgin Coconut Oil first thing in the morning for 20 mins rinsing with warm water afterwards to get rid of any excess oil (It contains harmful toxins and bacteria) followed by rinsing your mouth with 1/2 a glass of very warm water and 1 to 2 teaspoons of Sea Salt through the teeth and the recession areas in particular.

It will sting a lot but rinse for a good few mins until the glass is empty and don't rinse with regular water after wards I find the gums continue to heal if you do that.

I do that morning and night and also do the same Sea Salt water rinse after every meal to adjust the Ph level in your mouth so no harmful bacteria can grow at any times, I've only been doing this for two days now and my gums have grown back over 50%, when they grow back it is very rapidly and painful kind of inflamed.

I wish you all the best.

Replied by Lily

Your gums can't grow back..


Hello Lily, my gums are growing back with significant improvement, using some home remedies which I read on earth clinic. Bee Propolis, vit C, baking soda+Coconut oil paste. Oil of Oragano with olive leaf extract. Only Oil pulling did not help much because there was bone loss which I ignore initially.


Hello, I was diagnosed with receding gums as well over much of my teeth. However, doc said no gingivitis or swelling bleeding or anything. I have beautiful teeth. However, she is baffled that my gums are receding.

Been brushing with baking soda. However, will try the remedies that Lily and Roop talked about. I use the natural remedies. No surgery or drugs. I have an appt with a periodontist in Jan. Hope my gums heal before then! Thanks!

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Posted by Anon (Lake Havasu City) on 05/16/2015

For making gums grow why did you fail to mention "Oil Pulling" with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ???

Very effective and simple to do 3 times a day until gums are restored. Absolutely must hold in mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. It goes from an oil to a watery substance that is white colored. Then you know it worked.

Growing new gums is a slow process, but the anti-bacteria, anti-fungus, and anti-virus qualities make this a real infection fighter. Along with your good oral hygene to grow new gums, be sure to use a tongue scrapper to remove surplus build up of any bad stuff living on your tongue that would end up inside your gums by spreading.

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Posted by Corrine (Gainesville, Fl) on 09/30/2013

I have gum recession, but only on ONE tooth in the bottom front of my mouth. I went to a periodontist about the gum. I've had orthodontic work done since I was eight. He told me that having braces for such and extended period of time began causing my gum recession. He also told me that a gum graft was completely unnecessary, it would purely be cosmetic. Since then I've been oil pulling, taking cod liver oil and butterfat, drinking raw milk, kefir and eating a myriad of fermented foods. My gum hasn't completely grown back, but I've only been doing this treatment for 6 months in a dedicated way. The gum is definitely more developed than it was. I used to be able to see the whole root of my tooth, now I can see much less. But braces are definitely the reason.

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Posted by Cindy (Ga, USA) on 09/10/2013

I do coconut oil pulling and recommend it to anyone with the receding gum problem. I take approx a tablespoon of organic coconut oil in my mouth let it melt then swish it around my mouth vigorously for 20 min then spit it in the toilet because it is loaded with toxins, rinse my mouth with warm water to clear out any toxins, then mix a 1/4 cup of warm water with approx 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and rinse vigorously till all salt water is gone. I have never found a commercial toothpaste or mouthwash that makes my mouth feel as fresh as this! I can actually see the plaque disappearing starting from the gumline upward. It is amazing to me but also exciting because my gums were almost gone and my teeth sere loose. My gums are slowly returning an my teeth are no longer loose. Good luck and happy swishing! (PS, I do this twice a day) It is challenging to donut so, so worth it.

Replied by Chelsey
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Hi everyone, My name is Chelsey. I am a 22 almost 23 year old and I was just diagnosed with gum recession. My dentist and hygienist told me that I have this gum disease for life and my gums will not grow back. However, I have been reading about gum recession reversal and ordered some oils for oil pulling as well as aloe vera but I'm not quite sure how to use all of these oils to reverse my gum recession. I ordered coconut, sesame, clove, and eucalyptus oil. Not sure what to do with all of them. Should I do oil pulling or make tooth paste?? Any other suggestions would be great! Thank you!! Chelsey.

Replied by Timh
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C: Yes, do the Oil Pulling by rotating Coconut, Sesame, for a few weeks and if your not better add small amounts of either Clove or Eucalyptus to the Oils.

Oral supplementation of Selenium, Vit-E (Mixed Tocotrienols and/or Tocopherols), and CoQ10 often helps gum disease.

Replied by Chelsey
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Thank you so much! How often should I do the oil pulling. 2 times a day after I brush my teeth?? Or should I oil pull with coconut oil one day and then switch to the sesame oil the other day?? And should I use something other than sensodyne toothpaste?? Thanks!

Replied by Bee
(New York)


I oil pull in the morning before any food or drink or water.........for about twenty minutes... or half hour........I use safflower or sunflower oil..I only do once a day.. seems okay and its working.

Its been a few months now and so much plague is off of my teeth. My teeth are whiter and gums look so much better. do it before you brush you teeth.........

I also use natural toothpaste such as tom's from maine and whatever else is without fluoride.

Replied by At

You're supposed to spit it in the trash afterwards.

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Posted by Silver Nissan (North Yorkshire, England) on 01/07/2011

I have a crown which was fitted about 15 years ago and regularly see my dentist. A few months ago I noticed that near this tooth the gum opened up (a gap between the tooth and gum). When I went to see the dentist, he took an x-ray and said that there is an infection around the root and prescribed some antibiotics and he said that the permanent solution would be to do an implant.

I was determined to find a natural way to cure my problem that's when I accidentally found your website and started oil pulling for 20 minutes in the morning with sesame oil and used a few drops of wild oregano oil. Three months later the gap has closed and when I visited the dentist he was pleasantly surprised and he took another x-ray and the infection was still present and also he said the bone line started going down. Now I oil pull between the full moon and the new moon as the waning moon will aid the detoxification of body and the other half of lunar cycle will have very little effect on detoxification. You can read more in moonsigncalendar.net"

I have also receding gums more prominent along the lower front gum. I stopped using my electric tooth brush after reading a post and started using an Ayurvedic tooth paste. As per Ted's recommendations, I have also stated using milk of magnesia mixed with water as mouth wash. I can see some improvement but to accelerate the progress I took 200 mg of Magnesium Citrate and 100 mg of Vitamin B3 yesterday and an hour later I developed heat rash like symptoms by whole body became red, hot and itchy and I had a very high heart beat luckily the symptoms reduced after about an hour and all went away after about 2 hours. I checked the web for side effects of Magnesium Citrate and Vitamin B3. it said that 50mg or more of vitamin B3 will have side effects and it has listed the side effects http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/vitamin-b3 Some people might be intolerant to dosage more than 50 mg. I will continue with Magnesium Citrate and see what happens.

Something completely different problem, I have very dry skin and my hands are always very dry and I read the remedy for dry skin. Started rubbing a mixture of ACV and bicarbonate of soda and then applying cream and I have noticed that my hands a not dry any more.

Thanks for all the advice.