One out of two adults over the age of 30 has some degree of Periodontal disease. (1)
- 0.1 One out of two adults over the age of 30 has some degree of Periodontal disease. (1)
- 1 My “Journey” To Periodontal Disease
- 1.1 How I got Started With Oil Pulling
- 1.2 Periodontal Disease Pain Will Have You Trying Anything, Even Oil Pulling!
- 1.3 Brief History On Oil Pulling
- 1.4 Picking An Oil: I Recommend Coconut
- 1.5 How you’re supposed to Oil Pull: The “official” Directions
- 1.6 My Personal Results With Oil Pulling
- 1.7 My First Few Weeks Of Oil Pulling Went Like This:
- 1.8 Benefits I Saw From Oil Pulling In Random Order
- 1.9 Do you oil pull? What’s your experience? If you don’t try it for a week and let me know your thoughts on it!
I am the one out of two and have been battling with Periodontal disease since my first pregnancy in 2011.
ONE out of two, that’s insane! I don’t know what that says about our dental system, but it makes me feel a little better.
Honestly, gum health is an embarrassing topic of discussion.
I mean when was the last time you had a convo with your friends that started with “My gum disease is really flaring up, any suggestions?” We talk about almost everything else – but oral health seems to be taboo.
I kind of feel like it gets put in the same category as STIs. Like, “You have Periodontal disease? Are you not practicing safe brushing? Didn’t your parents teach you about that?” All you can do is look back and be like “Erm, yes, yes they did.”
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Today, I am going to break the gum disease hush-hush and dive right in, with my personal journey.
My “Journey” To Periodontal Disease
Pregnancy changed my oral health, and not for the better.
In 2011 I got pregnant with my first child Jade, and it absolutely KILLED my mouth.
My second pregnancy was even worse on my mouth. I broke another tooth and my gums hated me. Puffy, bleeding, the pain you name it I experienced it. It was brutal!
Ah, The fun side effects of pregnancy.
Not to mention the fun “special cleanings” you receive at the dentist. You know your mouth is messed up when they have to numb you first to perform a deep cleaning aka Scaling & Root Planing.
The cleanings were really the kick in the butt that had me doing research on Periodontal disease and ways to cure it, not just treat it.
If you’re curious here is my current Periodontal care regime:
- Morning: Coconut Oil Pulling for 20 minutes followed by brushing.
- Afternoon: Get in a brushing if possible, drink a cup of green tea.
- Evening: Brush, floss, mouthwash rinse.
- 2-3 Times a Week: Brush with Activated Charcoal powder
Products I use:
I only use all-natural products. No chemical-laced toothpaste or mouthwashes – I am trying to HEAL my Periodontal Disease not poison myself further.
Toothpaste: Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste
- No carrageenan, no fluoride, SLS free and Gluten free
- Contains Neem an all natural antiseptic and helps fight gum disease
- Whitens your teeth naturally via pineapple and papaya
Mouthwash: Oral Essentials Mouthwash
- Non-Toxic Alcohol/Sugar Free
- Made with Dead Sea Salt, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, French Essential Oils and Non-GMO Xylitol
Floss: Water Flosser
- If you really want to get down in your gums without hurting yourself go with a water flosser. This is the one I have at home and for the price it’s AMAZING!
Activated Charcoal Powder: Active Wow Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder
- Allows me to whiten my teeth with no issues. If you have ever read teeth whitening kits they say not to use if you have gum/periodontal disease. Plus, they are pure chemicals!
- The charcoal also helps with the gum infection.
Oil Pulling: Organic Unrefined Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
- I used Aldi’s SimplyNature Coconut oil, it’s about $5 for 14oz. (in my area)
- Beware of grocery store Coconut oil as they are usually not very good quality.
- If you do not have an Aldi’s near you this Coconut Oil on Amazon is great, and it’s a huge 32oz jar that will last for months.
- Green tea has been linked to better oral health, among many overall health benefits including improvement in periodontal disease.
- I use Member’s Mark organic green tea blend, you can get it at Sams if you have a membership. I just get mine from Amazon.
How I got Started With Oil Pulling
Let me preface this with a little info about myself. I am not into fads or trends, not even in my teens-twenties.
I still haven’t contoured or died my hair to match Rainbow Dash and I never got into the chunky highlight either. (Thank God!)
So, about a year ago, when my Mother suggested I started oil pulling to help combat my Periodontal disease I quietly “listened”.
You know, the type of listening that involves not processing words and pretending to look interested. It’s often followed by a blank stare when they ask you a follow-up question.
Swishing oil around in my mouth sounded as appealing as steaming your who-ha. I was just imagining that thick greasy film clinging to my cheeks. Ick, thanks no thanks!
I politely ignored her suggestion until desperation set in.
Periodontal Disease Pain Will Have You Trying Anything, Even Oil Pulling!
I was in some serious pain. If you have ever had mouth pain you KNOW what I am talking about. I was DESPERATE to stop it. Like, punch yourself in the face desperate!
I had been gargling with warm salt water from time to time and this particular day it was not helping. Plugging my nose I took the plunge and decided to try oil pulling.
I’ve been doing it ever since.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. This information is not to be used to substitute the advice of a professional. Please consult your Dr or Dentist before you start any new health routine.
Brief History On Oil Pulling
It originates from Ayurveda medicine and is a 3000+ year-old regiment for oral hygiene.
It is the practice of swishing or pulling oil through the teeth to detox the body and improve oral health. Vegetable based oils like Sesame, Olive, Grape Seed or Coconut are most commonly used.
If you want more background information go here.
Picking An Oil: I Recommend Coconut
If you didn’t know, Coconut Oil is like the Mac Daddy of oils. Don’t believe me? Check out these 1600+ studies on it. It has incredible health benefits, not only is it antibacterial, it’s anti-fungal and anti-viral.
In MY opinion, Coconut Oil kicks Sesame Oil’s ass in a game of Tetherball every day of the week when it comes to health benefits. But, for the sake of being fair, they both arguably have great benefits. I prefer coconut. Research which you think would work best for you.
The benefits of Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil for Periodontal Disease:
- Whitens teeth Naturally (No chemicals for you to ingest while whitening)
- Kills bacteria and helps with inflammation
- Reduces Plaque and gingivitis (no more bleeding gums)
- Kills the germs that cause bad breath
- Stronger teeth and gums
- Helps reduce headaches
- Clears Skin
- Cures tooth decay
- Prevents heart disease (This is a big one for us with Periodontal Disease)
- Helps with dry throat
- Helps with pesky chapped lips
- Boosts Immune System
How you’re supposed to Oil Pull: The “official” Directions
- Use 1 tablespoon of a vegetable-based oil first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (not even water).
☆ Do not brush your teeth first.
- Swish the oil around for 10-20 minutes, gently pull it through your teeth.
☆ If you get all crazy with it your cheeks are gonna be hating you in three minutes. Don’t swallow the oil, you’re trying to get rid of the junk not ingest it back in.
- When you hit 20 minutes or if your jaw is ready to fall off spit it in the TRASH. Whichever comes first.
☆ Coconut oil solidifies when it’s cold, can you imagine that type of drain nightmare?
- Now you can eat, brush and go about your day.
My Personal Results With Oil Pulling
I will say it takes some getting used to.
Day one for me went like this:
Step 1: Use way too much coconut oil
Step 2: Gag at the texture of the cold oil
Step 3: Spit half of it out in the sink in a panic
Step 4: Freak out about spitting it in the sink
Step 5: Manage to keep the other half in my mouth for 3 minutes before spitting it in the trash
It was weird, to say the least. But, I was committed to trying it out and decided to give it two weeks.
At the time I couldn’t bring myself to oil pull every day, so I went with every other day.
My First Few Weeks Of Oil Pulling Went Like This:
- Use 1/2 teaspoon of Organic Unrefined Cold Pressed Coconut Oil.
☆ This happened after lunch for me, because I could not remember to do it in the morning.
☆ I had no clue how people used 1 tablespoon (I had even seen it suggested to use 2 tbsp! The horror!). I couldn’t even deal with a teaspoon. I guess my salivary glands are just overactive.
- Swish the oil around for 5-10 minutes.
☆ By minute 3 have so much saliva/oil in my mouth, I had to spit half of it out in the trash before I choked.
☆ Swish whatever is left in my mouth for the remaining 5 minutes. That’s if I can make it without having to stop my oldest from supergluing her hands together. It’s hard not being able to talk when your children are always up to mischief.
- Rinse my mouth with warm salt water.
☆ I did this because of my already bad periodontal disease and the supposed antimicrobial properties. All I know is when I am in some serious mouth pain a salt water gargle helps a ton. If you do this make sure you DO NOT SWALLOW. High doses of sodium can kill you.
- Brush my teeth
I started to notice a change in my oral health the very first week!
Benefits I Saw From Oil Pulling In Random Order
Benefit 1: Whitening
My teeth were extra white, they’d never been that white. (No whitening kits, because of the Periodontal disease) I am a 3-5 cup of coffee a day person and an ex-smoker. The results were amazing (still are)!
Benefit 2: Gum Health
The inflammation in my gums went way down by over 50%. I could brush my teeth without any irritation and I was no longer in pain while eating. I have also noticed a decrease in hot/cold sensitivity.
Now: Reduction in pocket size, no bleeding while brushing, and I haven’t had any flare up gum irritation.
Benefit 3: Fresh Breath
My significant other gave me an early morning kiss bye a couple of days ago, and noted that I still smelt like toothpaste from the night before! Bye, bye morning breath!
All in all, I’ll say it’s been well worth it.
Now that I am over the “beginners” stage of oil pulling I have settled into a nice routine and no longer struggle with it. It took me about 6 months to really get used to it.
If you have Periodontal disease, try it out you will be surprised at how much it helps!
Do you oil pull? What’s your experience? If you don’t try it for a week and let me know your thoughts on it!