Post # 32
The only way I can really see this working is that coconut oil has known antimicrobial effects. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24328700
That would help kill mouth bacteria, leading to potentially whiter teeth/fresher breath. Additionally, the emollient properties could help heal canker sores and stuff like that. There’s a lot we don’t know about microbiota (all of the bacteria living in and on you). For example, only recently we figured out that the bacteria in your gut have a huge role in things like anxiety, depression, and type 1 diabetes. 20 years ago, people would have laughed you out of their office if you suggested that intestinal bacteria could control neurological health. So it’s definitely possible that altering the flora in your mouth could have some effects in other areas of your body (like clearing up acne).
However, this whole “drawing out toxins” thing is basically a bunch of bunk. That’s what you have a liver and kidneys for.
Post # 33
If I don’t see it physically coming out in the toilet (sorry TMI) I’m gonna assume it’s still in my body. The best way to get rid of toxins is to drink a lot of water.
Post # 34
I’m willing to try. I use coconut oil for a lot of things. I wear retainers several times a week to bed. Maybe it will help with the canker/mouth sores I get from the damn thing.
Post # 35
Coconut oil isn’t advised for oil pulling as it can cause thrush. I read that the only oil truly safe for oil pulling was sesame seed oil.
Post # 36
Hmm…thinking about trying this but I have a weird question. Wouldn’t you continue to produce saliva as your doing this and your mouth keeps getting more and more full? Do I spit a little out occasionally, or swallow it, or what???? lol
Post # 37
where did you read that it CAUSES thrush? I tried googling that and only came up with it preventing thrush.
Post # 38
?? I’ve never read such a thing other than it’s healing properties. Where did you hear that?
Post # 39
You do, but it’s not excessive. When I first started doing it, I used too much and that caused a problem lol otherwise, it’s OK.
Post # 40
I’m curious about this oil pulling because I’m a dental hygienist and have a few patients and a coworker who do this. The patients that do this already have good oral hygiene and brush and floss regularly, so it’s hard to tell if the oil pulling is making a difference. I’ve read some articles about it, but it’s not something the dental field has embraced yet because there aren’t many scientific evidence-based research articles on it yet.
I would think that swishing with anything, even water, for that length of time would remove most of the loosely adherent plaque. It’s possible that the oil has a benefical effect on the gum tissues, but I doubt it can replace a good flossing routine. I’m still skeptical, but don’t see any harm in oil pulling.
Post # 41
i’m fascinated by this, i’ll have to try it soon! i suffer from canker sores pretty often, usually caused by stress.
Post # 42
So is coconut oil solid at room temperature?
Do you recommend a particular brand?
Where do you spit the oil after you’re done with it?
Post # 43
Yes it’s solid and melts like sorbet in your mouth (doesn’t necessarily taste like it though lol).
I spit it in the toilet haha!
Post # 44
I started doing this…. a few days later I noticed how eroded my teeth were becoming. The tips and edges are getting more transparent. It could be acid erosion, or because I am a jaw clencher… but for some reason I attribute it to the fact I was using the coconut oil. Probably being dramatic, but either way, I stopped with the oil pulling.
Post # 45
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yeah, from what I read it might have some oral health benefits, but nothing else. it seems to me like those who are getting skin benefits are experiencing the placebo effect, or it might be because of some other change they happened to make at the same time they started pulling. if you want better oral hygene, just do a better job brushing and flossing.
Post # 45
because almond joys are a candy and have a tone of refined sugar in them, which is bad for your teeth. You are supposed to use organic, unrefined coconut oil.