Will oil pulling reverse cavities?

Swish coconut oil to 'help cavaities'

Have you heard of "oil pulling" to reverse cavities?

One quick search on google  uncovers 1.6 million results regarding coconut oil pulling and multiple findings from people attempting to reverse tooth decay and cavities with coconut oil.

There are several forms of oil pulling that millions of people are claiming will transform your health.

So what is oil pulling?

According to Bruce Fife of coconutresearchcenter.org/  oil pulling, or oil swishing is:

Oil pulling traces it roots to oil gargling practiced in Ayurvedic medicine. Oil pulling as we know it today, was introduced in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, MD. Dr. Karach claimed that oil pulling could cure a variety of illnesses ranging from heart disease and digestive troubles to hormonal disorders. He said it cured him of a chronic blood disorder of 15 years duration and within three days it cured his arthritis, which at times was so painful he was bed ridden. He used the method in his medical practice with great success.

Dr. Karach’s method of oil pulling consists of swishing, not gargling, vegetable oil in the mouth. The oil is “worked” in the mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through the teeth for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. It is done one to three times a day on an empty stomach. The best time is in the morning before eating breakfast, but can be done before any meal. The used oil is discarded and the mouth rinsed out with water. The oil is never swallowed because it is loaded with bacteria, toxins, pus, and mucous.

Sunflower and sesame seed oils are the most commonly used for oil pulling, but any vegetable oil will work. People have had success with olive, coconut, almond, and other oils. I prefer to use coconut oil because of its many health benefits. If you use a mild flavored coconut oil it is very pleasant in the mouth. Some oils, such as extra virgin olive oil, are so strong flavored that many people find them difficult to use.

The oil acts like a cleanser. When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris. It acts much like the oil you put in your car engine. The oil picks up dirt and grime. When you drain the oil, it pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively clean. Consequently, the engine runs smoother and lasts longer. Likewise, when we expel harmful substances from our bodies our health is improved and we run smoother and last longer.

A Bakersfield blogger by the name of "Gfree Gal" has attempted oil pulling and said:

Already, I've noticed a change and it's only been a week! My front tooth that is going to need a root canal had darkened (that's what alerted me to have the dentist check it out) and initially the dentist didn't notice anything wrong, so it had been darker than the rest of my teeth for a few years. Well, after just ONE WEEK of oil pulling (swishing) the tooth is almost the same color as the rest of my teeth! Woot woot!!! (Click here to read the full post)

Gfree Gal recommended that you:

  • Swish coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes in the morning (when taking a shower/getting dressed has been easiest for me).
  • Spit it out in the trash (so you don't clog your pipes).
  • Rinse your mouth out with water.
  • Brush your teeth (working on a homemade toothpaste now).
  • Continue on with your day.

Though others have had a more difficult time getting through the 20 minute experience. 

A blogger from fashionista.com  said that her findings were different than GFree Gal's though she did see a change in the color of her teeth. 

I couldn’t hack the texture in my mouth and the thought of having a lot of bad stuff just swishing around in my mouth wasn’t to my liking -- clearly! To see the benefits of oil pulling, you really have to do this most days of the week for about two weeks, but I will say that my teeth were considerably whiter after only four days...

We still don't know if oil pulling is as good and effective as some people claim it is (and some people have certainly reported great results). At the very least, we know cleaning our mouths with coconut oil can't hurt us, especially with all of the added benefits Dr. Yeowart mentioned above. Will I be trying it again? I am not too sure -- I will, however, be looking into more ways I can use coconut oil for oral health that are a little easier to stomach.

What do you think? Will you try this? Have you tried this? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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