Oil Pulling: Unlock Natural Oral Health & Detox Benefits

| Modified on Jun 30, 2024
Oil Pulling Side Effects
Posted by Linda (Ireland ) on 07/03/2023


I have been oil pulling and while my gums are benefiting I'm wondering about a red fungal looking rash I have on my stomach and my face is red, am I detoxing?

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Carolyne (NW Corner of the NW Corner) on 02/19/2023

I have recently learned you can use castor oil-- cold-pressed, hexane-free ORGANIC of course--!! -- and oil pull for one or two minutes with very good results! So that is what I am doing- I will give it a few months and see how it goes. I was using coconut oil or sesame oil, depending on what I had. I want to get rid of plaque and a cavity. We shall see.... I do know Castor oil is VERY healing for many things.

General Feedback
Posted by Linda Marie (Philadelphia ) on 07/30/2022

This is your “ healing crises “ that is happening! It is the body literally dumping all the toxins which have collected for years. Ride it out …& and much better health will be your reward!

i taught health & wellness for years 🙏🏼

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Sharon (Utah) on 07/01/2022

Thank you so much. I haven't done this in a long while but I have some symptoms that are disturbing and I believe it is good to use the aged Remedies that heal the body.

Canola Oil
Posted by Dee (Mountain West USA) on 05/13/2022

GMO involves lab insertion of unnatural genetic material into the 'host' seed or animal - In the early stages of this experimentation, news articles were full concern from chefs about the prospect of people with shrimp allergies dropping dead in their restaurants due to the insertion of shrimp genes into tomatoes. They wanted labeling. Labs create 'Roundup-ready" soy which will tolerate overdosing of Glyphosphates. Same with BT corn - able to kill the borer, and also'ready' to tolerate incredible overpoisoning with chemicals. But people then eat of this stuff. And the evidence continues to mount about the deleterious effects of eating these foodlike substances.

But GMO experiments went way beyond that. By now you may have read about their implanting of human genes into wheat, spider genes into goats, etc.

Anyone who still believes the industry's marketing hype about GMOs being no different from products of 'natural selection' has not done their own research.

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Ann (Upstate NY) on 04/20/2022

Some people are allergic to coconut, so I wonder if the tingling isn't an allergic reaction.

Have you been diagnosed with periodontal disease? I wonder if your gums aren't bleeding...

Avocado Oil

Oil Pulling and Mercury Fillings
Posted by Martha (OH) on 01/28/2022

Oil pulling with amalgams.

I have been researching tooth issues for awhile, and have seen cautions for oil pulling if you have amalgam fillings. This makes sense to me as mercury vaporizes in the mouth via chewing and even microcurrents across metal surfaces reacting to each other. So oil pulling could potentially erode mercury/amalgams faster.

Oil Pulling and Medication
Posted by Eudora (Vancouver) on 09/27/2021


I have a friend who is on serious meds. Just wondering if OP depletes meds??


Instructions and Theories
Posted by Melissa (Marseille) on 09/16/2021

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Instructions and Theories
Posted by David W. (Near Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) on 09/14/2021

Check out Dr. Andreas Moritz's site. He recommends only a couple of minutes of OP. Longer recontaminates your blood system as the toxins that are pulled from around the gums will be absorbed into your blood system. Repeating the OP process an additional 1-2 times for just a couple of minutes is highly beneficial in reducing bacteria concentrations in the mouth. Also, Dr. Joseph Mercola has some insight into the benefits of OP. I have backed up this protocol by having swabbed my gums and checking a live culture Electron Microscope platelet and repeating the OP an extra couple of times show a benefit. This all depends on the health condition of your teeth and gums. I suspect that after a month of OP, your gums should be healthier and one OP per day would be enough. Just before going to bed seems to work the best for me. I was amazed at how much bacteria was present in my mouth, and researching how dangerous these are and the health disorders that they cause. Keeping our mouth analytically clean is paramount in keeping our Gut healthy and reducing many health disorders.

Posted by Scott G. (Id) on 05/08/2021

I was wondering how the DMSO oil pulling is going? I am going to try to drink it starting with 4 drops in 8 oz of water. Have you tried this?

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Pamela (Asheville) on 02/02/2020

I've read that it's better to do a sequence of 5 minute oil pulling sessions totaling 20 minutes instead of a single 20 minute session. Reason being that doing shorter “pulls” and spitting avoids the potential re-absorption of toxins one might get from the long pulling session. Makes sense to me! This might solve any gagging problems!

General Feedback
Posted by Jill Schulte (Usa) on 08/21/2018

This is normal. You are detoxing. Sounds like you are pulling phlem (sp) from your sinus cavities. If I am having sinus issues I oil pull and it brings up the mucus. jill

Avocado Oil
Posted by Tiff (New York) on 05/25/2018


Did this make a difference for your gum disease?

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Therese (New York) on 05/10/2018

I just OP'd for the first time. I used organic coconut oil because that's what I had on hand. When I spit out, mine was red, too. Can anyone shed light on this?

Also, my tongue and teeth (actually gums, I guess) were tingling, and I could feel the glands in my throat. Is this to be expected?

Lastly, it's just been discovered that my thyroid is enlarged. Does anyone have any idea if there could be a positive effect on the thyroid by OPing?

I'm *SO* glad I found this site!!

General Feedback
Posted by Afshin (Canada) on 04/21/2018


Would you like to explain the mechanism of oil pulling, it will be a great help.

Thank you very much!

Castor Oil
Posted by Wendi (Co) on 11/04/2017

But who eats the apple seed? :-/

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Linda (Eastern Shore) on 11/02/2017

You should try Jack's Tea for pulmonary fibrosis.

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Jerlene (Palm Bay Florida ) on 11/02/2017

How long can you use oil pulling before you see or get result for pulmonary fibrosis?

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Caroline Barongo (Kenya) on 10/29/2017

Wow, I love this option. I was also afraid I wouldn't last for 20 minutes with oil in my mouth. I use the black seed oil to rinse my mouth and I spit it out in barely 5 minutes.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Reno (Memphis, Tn) on 01/27/2017

Why do all that gross swishing of oil and spit for 20 minutes? Just swish a small sip of hydrogen peroxide for 2 minutes then spit it out and rinse your mouth. This is even better for oxygenation of the gums and promotes healing of minor abraisions of the mouth and will not burn your mouth. (if you have a beard don't let it get on your beard especially if it's tinted or it may turn white. If you do rinse the beard immediately).

Health Benefits of Oil Pulling
Posted by Totally Frustrated (Canada) on 12/08/2016

What is Ur homemade toothpaste that you use, if you do not mind me asking please?I just love the oil pulling. Thanks everyone

Canola Oil
Posted by Louise (Utah) on 10/16/2016

It is my understanding that genetically modified means roundup is infused into the seeds to kill insects to protect the plant. This is the reason bees are dying. And this is the reason that wheat and corn are so dangerous to eat. And this is the reason some countries have outlawed Roundup. Farmers flood their wheat fields with roundup to create a stronger crop to make more money which is wiping out the bee population. Without bees, we have no food. It's a scary situation. Genetically modified is a misnomer.

Castor Oil
Posted by Carri (Greer, Sc) on 08/12/2016

I know this is a few years old but figured I would share so others who are exploring don't get misinformed. Castor oil is not poisonous. The only part of the plant that is toxic is the hull of the castor bean. It contains ricin. When removed, the danger is also removed. If you have a bottle that says for "external use only", it is because you have a low quality oil. They use a solvent called hexane to extract the oil because it is fast and cheap. This makes it unsuitable for consumption. Look for one that is organic and cold pressed.

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Kennywally (Midwest) on 06/02/2016 46 posts

@ Liz Turner, Devon

In my experience, a half tsp is usually sufficient and I spit in trash not sink after 20 seconds, 15-20 minutes in ridiculous, as there is sooooo much saliva built up long before 15 minutes even. For me, 20 seconds and spit, and coconut oil is the best, and it does scavenge bacteria out between the teeth, because I have chronic gum issues. I take the half tsp, and start the process and then 20 sec later, I spit red into garbage, it takes at least 2 more times before the spit runs clear and I do not rinse that out ever....because it is naturally antimicrobial and will help protect and keep bacteria level low as you sleep.

Hope that helps!

General Feedback
Posted by Kennywally (Midwest) on 06/02/2016 46 posts

@ Perla:

You say you pull in the morning, and that's fine, but most of the bacterial growth happens overnight, and so that's when I pull, in the evening, just before bed, I may scrape my tongue as well, but I only OP for 20 seconds and spit, then I repeat two more times. I have chronic gum issues, so my 1st spit is red, then second pink, and the third runs clear and I leave it on my teeth so that the natural antimicrobial feature of the coconut oil can give some protection overnight. Best Wishes

General Feedback
Posted by Kennywally (Midwest) on 06/02/2016 46 posts

To Liz (Atlanta):

I tried all them oils, olive, sesame etc, but I settled on coconut oil due to taste and it performs quite well. I know originally it called for other oils, but I found them to be difficult to keep in mouth for very long. And to me, 15-20 minutes was ridiculous, but if anyone prefers that, by all means, continue til your heart is content. I vigorously pull for about 20 seconds then spit red, due to chronic gum issues, then I pull again and I spit pink, then I pull one more time and it's clear and I do it prior to bed, because bedtime, the overnight is when the bacteria multiplies the most, and not rinsing off the oil allows the natural antimicrobial quality of the coconut oil to do a bit of protecting while I sleep, Hope that adds to your info base.

Multiple Oils Tried
Posted by Joyce (Indiapolis, In) on 02/04/2016

I suggest for you to look up Candida infection it is cause of chronic illness. Earth Clinic has a good write up on using borax to detox from it. Candida is liked to ms, fibromyalgia , and a list of numerous other issues. I had issues from antibiotics and chemo. Started having joint pain head pressure and panic attacks I went to ER 5 times within 2 months to be too nothing wrong. Then I found an article on borax and using it to flush it really helps. I was real sick for a week. It was the die off, I later learned.I'm beginning to feel better. Just read about Candida and the antibiotic syndrome.you will learn a lot.

General Feedback
Posted by April Crowder (Charlotte Nc) on 12/26/2015

I have been using coconut oil for oil pulling for about 3 years now. I have never had any gagging or side effects from it. I do it every day for 20 minutes. I have allergies and the oil pulling makes my teeth feel much cleaner. I do also cough up some phlegm right after the oil pulling. Between the oil pulling and the All Natural Apple Cider Vinegar I take everyday, my allergies are much better and I have a lot more energy than I did before. No aches or pains either!

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Kazza Veronica (Victorville, Ca) on 10/11/2015

Virgin coconut oil (unrefined) is recommended for one tablespoon for ingestion daily. The OP needs less than a teaspoon.. level perhaps... Enjoy!!!! both if you use them. I do!

Kazza Veronica

General Feedback
Posted by Cat (Austin, Tx) on 10/01/2015

I'm a little late on this one....but, if you discover, especially after a period of detox, something you are doing is not making you feel better, sleep better, have a semblance of energy for your daily functions, stop doing it! In the case of oil pulling, change up on the oil if you don't get good reactions to a certain oil. Life is too short to wallow in misery! Love to all ECers after some time away.... THE CAT

Castor Oil
Posted by Maryellen (Loveland, Ohio) on 09/04/2015

My grandmother kept us healthy by feeding us a tablespoon of castor bean oil each month. It is an old remedy that is not popular with AMA (almost free cure). We NEED a little poison from time to time. Why, the apple seed contains cyanide. ME

Posted by Jamie (Singapore) on 07/14/2015

Did you mentioned what oil you were using and whether you have any allergy problem prior to the itching problem.

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Irene (Chevy Chase, Md) on 05/04/2015

Isn't sesame polyunsaturated, and thus cause thyroid problems. Perhaps coconut oil with its lauric antibiotic properties might be better. Also rancidity is not a problem. Perhaps check out Ray Peat You Tube presentations.

Health Benefits of Oil Pulling
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 04/23/2015

To Wwtd;

Oil pulling effect on tooth infection...

I think the oil pulling definitely is keeping the infection at bay. The effect is to draw out the infection and eliminate rather than letting it fester. The long term duration of the infection means it is deep and on going from a single source and no doubt the original root canal was the cause.

I use colloidal silver two or three times a week as a mouth wash, holding a mouth full for a full minute...a FULL minute. And I make sure that my whole tooth structure top and bottom are saturated during that minute. (I also drink two tablespoons of CS twice daily.) I use CS before and after any trip to the dentist.

Health Benefits of Oil Pulling
Posted by Wwtd? (Hawaii, US) on 04/22/2015

I'm ashamed to admit that even though I have been "natural" my whole life it never occurred to me that dentistry could be as bogus as western medicine. There is a place for dentistry for sure, just be cautious.

My tale: In 2000 when I was 40, I had a root canal/crown. Infection persisted afterward. Dentist prescribed antibiotics off and on.

I quit eating ALL forms of sugar (except fruit) and grains in 2002. My infection disappeared. It returned a year later when I began eating grains occasionally. My new dentist treated it with antibiotics 2 months then INSISTED I see a surgeon. The surgeon explained he would have to dig out the infection and perhaps any fragment of root left in my gum causing the infection. I didn't want to die so had the surgery.

3 months later my infection returned. The surgeon told me there was nothing he could do except extract the tooth, after costing me nearly $8000.

I came across Dr. Weston Price research. I also read about countless cases like mine on the Net. I am not saying it isn't possible for infection to spread. I am just stating my experiences. The infection continued on and off for 14 years. It was pretty much always there. Not overly bothersome, but definitely there, going away for up to 2 months sometimes. I have been infection free for just over a year. I can't say for sure it is gone forever or if my remedy was the cure. I started oil pulling once a day for 20 minutes with organic cold pressed olive oil or coconut oil. I started oil pulling for my gums, having the infection leave was a bonus!

To be fair I must add I am very healthy. I eat 80% or more raw foods. nothing processed, so these results might not be attained by people with poor diets.

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Babs (Michigan, US) on 03/27/2015

Coconut oil is not the first oil recommended for OP...centuries of experience recommend organic, cold pressed sesame oil, which is what I use.

Posted by Cherry (Fort Worth, US) on 03/18/2015


I have been oil pulling about 3 weeks. But, recently I had been itching none stop for the past 2 days. I was wondering is this part of the process because I do not want to stop oil pulling because the way my teeth now feel. Plague stopped building up on my teeth and they absolutely feel wonderful. They feel as if they have had cleaning and a polish. I hope that the itching will stop just as the sensitivity in my teeth and headaches subsided. If anybody can clear this up for me I would be grateful. I have recommended oil pulling to my family and they can see a difference in the color of my teeth.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Tigergirl26 (New Jersey, US) on 03/11/2015

I started oil pulling 4 days ago with 100 percent virgin olive oil from Italy. I started due to a gum infection. This is a miracle cure! My gums are already feeling better and an added bonus for me is that for over 15 years I have had a little bit of fluid in both of my ears that no medicine has been able to get rid of. My sinuses are draining and one ear is almost completely clear. I feel the post nasal drip and my nose runs in the day clear and this wonderful treatment is not only helping me with my gums, but it is helping me with my sinuses. A small gap between my teeth has also tightened up. I have more energy and I feel better then I have in years. I am only doing it for 10 minutes a day and once a day. I had my husband do it today and I will wait and see his results. I won't be stopping this anytime soon.

General Feedback
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 02/25/2015

Halo, J. (Leicester, UK)---- you will find more such scurrilous remarks online. The public is waking up which is uncomfortable for some.

OP is becoming very popular and mostly, not on advice from the dental community. This Ayurvedic protocol is thousands of years in practice using only sesame oil or sunflower oil for best utilization. It will remove toxins from the body and save your teeth. Use your discrimination and enjoy the path to good health. Namaste, Om

General Feedback
Posted by J (Leicestershire, UK) on 02/25/2015

I have a query regarding oil pulling. There are some other websites that warn of the risk of lipid pneumonia as small droplets of oil could be accidentally inhaled. Can anyone comment on this risk?

Oil Pulling Side Effects
Posted by Debra (Milwaukee) on 02/12/2015

I just recently started oil pulling with sesame oil and I have experienced a sore throat. Is this normal?

Castor Oil
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 02/12/2015

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice. The oil must be either sesame oil or sun flower oil. Castor oil can be researched by reading Edgar Cayce where the oil is called palma Christi. If not sure, just google. Namaste, Om

Castor Oil
Posted by Ta (St. Louis, Mo, Usa) on 02/11/2015

Castor oil is in many cosmetics and creams/ointments and has been used as a laxative for generations. I've never heard of any problems from consuming other than relieving constipation.

General Feedback
Posted by Cat (Austin, Tx) on 01/19/2015

My goodness, don't cry -- this is a wonderful opportunity to see what in the world is going on with your body!

First: What the dental assistant said -- go see a dentist; rule out something serious.

Second: Switch your oil to organic coconut oil -- give it a chance to fight your bacteria and infection.

Third: whatever you do or if you are doing it again, STOP eating candy and all sugars including drinks, soda, grains, drugs -- lots more water please!

Fourth: Eat well! Up your raw salads and add raw garlic to them.

Fifth: do your research on MSM & Vit-C; they will further eliminate those toxins you have put in your body.

Sixth: You're alive, so don't give up! Keep researching, the answer will find you! Got Faith in you & Love for you! CAT

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Caitlin (Austin, Tx) on 01/19/2015

To Hainer: You could be allergic to sesame seeds and hence, sesame oil. Switch to another oil like coconut and keep switching perhaps every two weeks, until you find the one that suits you.

General Feedback
Posted by Cat (Austin, Tx) on 01/19/2015

You might also change your oils, see what won't make you gag. First time I tried it, couldn't go more than a minute without gagging on sesame oil. I switched to coconut and could at least go 5 minutes. Now, I can go 20+ minutes with sesame, coconut, and olive. So, don't get discouraged. If you need to, start with water and a couple of drops of oil -- reduce water and add more oil as you get adjusted to the oil in your mouth.

Palm Oil
Posted by Jeremy (Philippines) on 01/11/2015

Has anyone tried oil pulling with palm oil? I've been doing it for a couple days now mixed with coconut oils. Has anyone else tried Palm oil of any kind?

Side Effects
Posted by Edith (Maryland) on 01/03/2015

Thank you for your advice! I did one thorough colon-liver cleanse 2 months before starting oil pulling. I'm aware how amazing cleanses are, unfortunately I find them very time and money consuming. I'm already using apple cider vinegar and all kinds of herbs that are good for the sinuses and are antifungal. I'm also using colloidal silver nose spray and xylitol-grapefruit seed extract-saline nose spray to treat my sinus infection. Taking cayenne pepper capsules helps with the fatigue. I've just checked out turpentine and borax, never knew they were so beneficial. I knew about iodine, I just somehow never got to try it. I will give these a try, thank you for the tip!

Side Effects
Posted by Timh (KY) on 01/03/2015 2063 posts

Edith: It is obvious you need to do some additional detox remedies and cleanses. For starters ---ACV, Iodine, Turpentine, Borax, and herbs like Garlic and Oregano.

Side Effects
Posted by Edith (Columbia, Maryland) on 01/03/2015


Has anybody tried oil pulling for hormonal issues? I've been dealing with hormonal problems and gigantic uterine fibroids for years. I have too much estrogen or too little progesteron. Probably candida problem as well. I've been oil pulling for two month. I missed a day or two here and there, but not much. Started with extra virgin/virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, then extra virgin olive oil, now coconut oil again. It definitely helps with my hormonal issues, and my fibroids, which is why I don't want to stop, but ever since I've started oil pulling, I've been having some serious flu-like symptoms. On and off, mostly on. Mainly sinus problems (that seem to be candida related) and bad fatigue. I'm pretty sure this is healing crisis, but how much longer is this supposed to last? It just would be easier not to give up knowing how much longer to hold on.

General Feedback
Posted by Dar (Fort Myers, Florida) on 12/23/2014


Just wanted to let you know that I have been in the Dental Professional for 27 years now. Your thoughts on Dentists poking your teeth to create larger crevices is misconcieved. The explorer (pick in layman's terms) is used to detect decay. If the explorer sticks into the enamel of the tooth, that indicates that the tooth is forming a cavity. Your gums recede due to hard agressive brushing habits. Smoking also causes gum disease, which also cauees your gums to recede. The old fashioned term is pyorreah, today it is referred to as Periodontal disease. A non-smoking person can also get it by not brushing, flossing regularly.

Don't throw your Dentist under the bus, believe me I have been an assistant for many years and have worked for many Dentists during my career. I have only seen a few who were questionable. Most Dentists are hard working, caring professionals.

You should go back and have X rays and an exam, for your health's sake. It's difficult to get the public to understand that good health starts in the oral cavity. It is a fact that Periodontal Disease contributes to heart disease. Think about it, you have bleeding gums filled with bacteria and that blood gets pumped straight back through your heart.

Good luck! :)

General Feedback
Posted by Perla (St. George, Utah) on 12/13/2014

I've been oil pulling for just over one year. I've been alternating virgin, organic sesame oil and virgin, organic coconut oil for 20 minutes every morning. I'm happy to say that my seasonal allergies are gone, my health has been good and I've noticed white(r) teeth and better skin.

My favorite visible changes are the positive changes with my teeth. My teeth had yellow lines of Fluorosis since my kindergarten picture. (I'd also been given multiple metal fillings in my childhood. I've begun replacing them with porcelain as I can afford to safely remove them.) With OP, I've noticed a lot less yellow as well as the disappearance of vertical grooves on my teeth.

I'd also developed a couple of growths on my cheek about 10 years ago. After about 8 months of OP I noticed the growths were getting smaller. One of them is almost gone, the other remains but seems to be decreasing.

If teeth and mouth health is indicative of the health of our entire body, my health is improving. I recommend this process to anyone that is interested!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Meeya (Sunnyvale, Ca) on 12/07/2014

Fantastic! Did you start off doing the oil pulling 3 times per day, or did you gradually increase? Can you please share how long you oil pull each time? I've heard 20 minutes is needed for full effects. Thanks!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Borovinka (Ireland) on 12/05/2014

Hey everyone. I totally enjoyed all the input about Oil Pulling over the years by you folks. Thank you so much for making me try it. It's time for me to share my experience.

I only started 3 week ago (3 times a day with coconut and sesame oil alternated) and I am in awe.

So far it's mostly about my mouth. It killed any sign of bad breath which happened during the day after eating, drinking lots of coffee or tea, or after I got up first thing in the morning, you know the feeling :) My solution used to be a chewing gum :) Now, for some magic reason my breath stays fresh.

My mouth feels so so good now I can't even describe it. I don't buy chewing gums anymore :)

My teeth are so much whiter, I can't believe it but I can see it and not only me :)

I have two very old veneers that have brightened up, I suppose they too took the toll of my bad habits over the years but the OP has freshened them up tremendously. The strange thing is that when I had my veneers put in, I first had a laser whitening of the rest of my teeth and my veneers were matched in colour afterwards. Everything was very white at the time.

Over the years, my veneers became the "whitest" ones in my mouth, talking about 10 years after the laser whitening but if I have to be honest the darkening effect happened not longer than two years within the laser whitening.

Within the 2nd week of OP my teeth matched the veneers and I was pretty happy and astonished about it. Right now after 3 weeks of OP, my veneers are the darkest just by a shade on day light, even took pictures myself to keep it as proof. If I go on with OP I may have a problem :)

I'd really love to know scientifically how does OP whiten teeth because the results are undisputable.

Additionally my gums stopped bleeding when I brush. It did take two full weeks for that to happen though and I didn't have bad looking gums to start with prior except my bottom molars. I was actually still bleeding two weeks into OP when reading comments online and still not believing them because it still wasn't working for me at that time, and that was the reason I had started OP.

But guys, be patient and try it for as long as you can endure because I am blood free right now as far as my gums go :)

I would guess it would take longer for receding or damaged gums but mine were at a point of receding. I had a few brown notches at the bottom teeth and the gums of my molars looked like an old man's belly, bottom of my teeth exposed and I could dig into them with my brush and it was painful, the gums were so low and literally hanging at the sides rather than being attached to the teeth. They've crept up now and they've attached themselves back up which is pretty amazing and I feel no pain when brushing at them at all anymore. The brown parts near the gum line have disappeared too. I can't measure it by a gum probe as I never did ask at the dentist and he never bothered saying anything but I can see my gums literally growing up so it's a proof good enough for me. The only worry I have is if I have to dig into the gums now when I brush to clean those notches because they were like a tiny cut and may hold bacteria. I am going to have to see what happens but I have no fear because it used to be worse than that :) And I'll let you know one day :)

I want to mention that the sensitivity of my teeth increased tremendously at first with OP. I was pretty much scared for a few days that the oil is doing something bad for my teeth. I could feel it like you could feel alcohol on an opened wound. It felt like an extensive dental cleaning or when you have your teeth whitened professionally. However, after two weeks this absolutely stopped all of a sudden and I felt absolutely better than I could ever remember. I have 0 sensitivity now to anything at all, so don't let similar experience scare you. It's seems like a healing process.

And on top of all that, my nose is clear of any stiffness. My nose used to start running like water after the morning OP session, I had to spit the oil out midways and get another dose. I didn't have a sinus problem, at least I didn't think so, but I had a problem with liquid from my nose going down my throat when I went to bed which caused breathing problems while I sleep. The OP, whether because of the movement of the face muscles or something else causes a drainage almost like a water flow after OP. Right now I actually breath a lot better and I hadn't realised before OP how much my nose is a part of that.

So I totally, totally recommend OP to everyone that is not a sceptic, can incorporate it into their routine and cares at least about their mouth.

I've been calling my relatives and my friends and telling them to try it, sounding like I've got an Oil Pulling disease :). They may think I am crazy but whoever tries it will be thankful in the long run for one reason or another:)

And on a side note, because I am still a sceptic about detoxifying effects, I need to mention I got quite a few headaches at the start and I am not a headache person, hence I noticed. It could have been a coincidence but I want to mention it.

Dental Issues
Posted by Maria (Boulder, Co) on 11/30/2014

Hi, I was wondering if it is okay to do oil pulling with lots of golden fillings and a crown? No more amalgam fillings left though! Thanks!

Instructions and Theories
Posted by Tatalmel (Tallahassee, Fl) on 11/10/2014

Can I swallow the mucus that forms in my throat as I oil pull? I have to spit out the oil several times to clear my throat as I pull for 20 minutes. This gets expensive with virgin coconut oil.

The mucus is draining from my sinuses, not part of the oil in my mouth. Is it as toxic as the oil?

General Feedback
Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/24/2014

Debbie (Ontario, CA)---

When dealing with abscesses as in my case, I usually get chamomile tea to heal. So for the mouth, pain and open wounds, , gently keep the chamomile in the mouth, replenishing with more warm tea. This should help with healing. Do several times for a few minutes.

You will be well.

Namaste, Om

General Feedback
Posted by Courtney (Granite Bay, Ca) on 10/24/2014

If it were me, I wouldn't oil pull until the swelling was gone and everything was completely healed. I'd wait a month or so.

All of the sucking and swishing of oil pulling could cause further trauma to the area. Maybe just gently swish a bit of coconut oil for a minute?

Why risk anything for the sake of missing a few weeks of oil pulling? It's not worth it.