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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:06 pm 
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i did not see a specific thread for oil pulling

talk to me about your experiences.

what kind of oil do you use?
how much?
when do you do it? how many times a day or how often?

do you brush your teeth after?

does having all that oil in your mouth make you want to gag and barf everywhere?

post links to good sites about it

i actually already have nice teeth but ive been thinking about starting this and im scared.

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:20 pm 
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I'm scared too!

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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im pretty sure having all that oil in my mouth would make me wanna barf!

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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that's the part that scares me too. BLECH.
(but also, interesting!) ha ha

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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Kmouse and torque posted about it here! It made me supercurious.
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=24465&p=662750&hilit=oil+pulling#p662750

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:15 pm 
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I did it, and keep meaning to re-start. I have used canola oil, olive oil, sesame oil and grape seed oil. I like the latter two best. The first time I nearly gagged, but after that it was better. I worked up to 5-10 minutes. It felt nice. Like torque, I swigged about 1/2t and brushed afterwards.

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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if you already have good teeth, i probably wouldn't fork around with doing stuff like this. maybe ask your dentist what they think? it's very reminiscent of a cleanse to me, something meant to detoxify your body when you really don't need any detoxifying.

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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Mostly I don't like that it's called oil "pulling." You're swishing stuff in your mouth.

(And is there any evidence that this accomplishes anything beyond strengthening your swishing muscles?)

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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There is zero evidence that it does anything. It won't hurt you (unless you inhale the oil by accident, which causes super-gross-sounding "lipid pneumonia") but it also doesn't really help anything and one study found it to be significantly less effective than using normal mouthwash.

As a side note, anything that claims to reduce unspecified "toxins" is usually bogus.

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I read this recently: http://jezebel.com/the-oil-pulling-heal ... 1538252677

It did make me intrigued, but not enough to actually do it.


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what i read as far as oral health goes is that alot of the gunk in your mouth is fat soluble and that's why the oil pulling works well.

it's supposed to be good to fight against gingivitis and be good for your gums.

i guess i didnt realize til i started googling some people it thinks it will cure all ills and give you super powers.

i think i shall try it.

i think the oil pulling is a good name for it as i envision you pulling the oil through your teeth?
maybe im nuts.

worst thing that happens is all i get is a shiny coat

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If you do it, you don't need to do it for 20 minutes... a minute should be fine. Also, remember it is oil so you don't want to spit it down your drain.

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i started doing it after my last check-up revealed "the beginning of a cavity" in one of my molars.

i use coconut oil and do it for the full 20 minutes - i stop thinking about it after the first few minutes and it just becomes a "background" activity. so far no bad reactions.

i'll let ya'll know if that cavity disappears in a few months at my next check up ;)

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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Someone I used to work with started this with coconut oil. She said it reminded her of swishing around semen for 20 minutes and she gave up. I will continue to avoid....

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:32 pm 
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tried it for about a week w/coconut oil on top of brushing/flossing... my sentiment is basically what moon said ^

i didn't believe it would suck any 'toxins' out of my system, but i guess i wanted to see for myself if there was any merit to it? also, i swallowed a bit by accident once and it made me start heaving...


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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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I did it at one point, using unrefined sesame. It wasnt scary! Or unpleasant! I think I will begin doing it again. I askee my dentist about doing it less than two weeks ago because I can't seem to escape a checkup without a cavity and also was fed up that I lost a tooth that visit to an extraction where a HUGE cavity compromised a molar to where it was cracked almost in hald before being pulled. Anyway....he is not a natural dentist or anything but he's pretty young and with it and already knew of oil pulling. He said go for it! He doesnt buy into any of its more "woo" purported benefits but he said it can be antimicrobial in the oral cavity which is good. He compared it to those antimicrobial mouthwashes.

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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LisaPunk wrote:
what i read as far as oral health goes is that alot of the gunk in your mouth is fat soluble and that's why the oil pulling works well.


That claim is false. It's not really clear what that plaque consists of, but getting your teeth cleaned at a dentist seems to be way more effective.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archi ... ed/284490/


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I guess it's better (environmentally) than using triclosan to avoid gingivitis? I don't like swishing stuff since it gets mixed with saliva and mucus and becomes some foamy nasty mess. It seems unnecessary if you brush and floss, but I am also lazy. Dont people swish with peroxide? That seems more effective to me and it's all natural, or whateverz.

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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Mihl wrote:
LisaPunk wrote:
what i read as far as oral health goes is that alot of the gunk in your mouth is fat soluble and that's why the oil pulling works well.


That claim is false. It's not really clear what that plaque consists of, but getting your teeth cleaned at a dentist seems to be way more effective.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archi ... ed/284490/


interesting! ill have to read that article later (currently have a baby repeatedly wacking me)

i might do it for awhile and see if i see any difference in my gums and mouth.

i agree a regular dental cleaning is better but i dont have dental insurance or a paychec anymore so if this can help a bit that would be cool.

my aunt is a dental hygentist and i might see if she'll clean my teeth for me at some point. she's done it before. i just cant get xrays obvioisly as they dont dole those out for free ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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Moon wrote:
Someone I used to work with started this with coconut oil. She said it reminded her of swishing around semen for 20 minutes and she gave up. I will continue to avoid....


That is enough to make my curiosity go away....

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 Post subject: Re: oil pulling
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the Atlantic editorial was interesting - but i feel a more honest headline would have been "Swishing With Oil for Oral Health: The Devil's Work" ;)

with most "alternative medicine" the pros are anecdotal and the cons are status-quo... that's why i try hard not to pick a side, but i often seem to come off as a contrarian in the process.

what's important in the end is "did it help you?" - not "can the Industry capitalize it?"

for some counterculture, check out Dr. Bruce Fife's book "Oil Pulling Therapy" and "Curing Tooth Decay" by Ramiel Nagel

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Well again, coconut oil is antibacterial, bacteria in your mouth if not brushed/cleansed away can decay your teeth. A lot of people use something harsher like listerine which does help. It seems if you swish coconut oil in your mouth for a minute or so in addition to flossing/brushing, it'll help kill the bacteria in your mouth. That is pretty much the science to it and no real 'magic' that people attribute to it.

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Mihl wrote:
LisaPunk wrote:
what i read as far as oral health goes is that alot of the gunk in your mouth is fat soluble and that's why the oil pulling works well.


That claim is false. It's not really clear what that plaque consists of, but getting your teeth cleaned at a dentist seems to be way more effective.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archi ... ed/284490/


ok i just read the article.
i really hope the original place i read about stuff in your mouth being fat soluble wasnt a quote from some celebrity ive never even heard of (ay yi yi!)

definitely an interesting article though i dont really like how they take the opportunity to slam chiropractors.
not to divert from the original topic but going to a chiropractor has helped me with a lot of pain issues over the years.

right now i only have refined coconut oil and im not sure if that is the best kind. i also only have toasted sesame oil rather than regular sesame oil

i guess i could try it with olive oil i was just thinking coconut oil might be the most palatable

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I'm not sure olive oil is antibacterial? So it may not be a benefit. I've only heard about coconut oil. Jojoba oil is another anti-bacterial type oil.

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ive read about pretty much most oils being used. coconut and sesame seem to the be most popular. ive also read olive oil.

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