It’s been a little over 2 months since my jaw surgery. I was wired shut for about 2 weeks and then had arch bars on for a total of 6 weeks. About a week or so after I had the wires taken off, I started oil pulling. Mostly, I was just curious.
Are you wondering what oil pulling is?
Basically, you put oil in your mouth and swish for 20 minutes. That pretty much sums it up.
The claim is that oil pulling will draw toxins out of your body and improve your dental health. Some people say it helps with headaches, migraines, asthma, and more. Now, I don’t know about all that. There really is no way of measuring whether I’m pulling toxins out of my body or not by swishing with coconut oil.
I was curious, however, whether after not being able to brush my teeth properly for almost 2 months, I would have a build-up of tartar.
Now, I’ve always had pretty good teeth. I had my first cavity when I was 21, and only one more after that (which I still think was made up by my old dentist). I don’t get a lot of tartar and I brush my teeth at least twice a day, sometimes three. However, every time I go to the dentist, I have tartar behind my bottom front teeth. No matter how hard I try, I still get build-up there. It’s genetic, my dentist says.
I ended up oil pulling about 3-4 times a week for about 6 weeks. When I first started, I pretty much gagged my way through it. I put a large TBSP of hard coconut oil in my mouth, and let it slowly melt. Once I got past that part of it, it wasn’t bad though. By the 3rd or 4th time, it didn’t even bother me at all. I swished for 20 minutes, spit it out, and then brushed my teeth. I *love* the way my teeth feel afterwards. Smooth and extra, extra clean. More so than when I just use toothpaste.
Today was D-Day. That would be Dentist-Day. I didn’t tell my dental hygienist that I had been oil pulling, I just wanted to see if she noticed a difference.
She started cleaning my teeth, and she couldn’t believe I had my jaw wired shut for 2 weeks, and arch bars on for 6 weeks. I had minimal tartar and overall, my mouth looked great! I was in and out lickety-split. No cavities, no bloody gums.
So, was it successful? Again, I have no idea whether oil pulling actually helps pull toxins out of my body. But it seems to have helped with my oral hygiene. I think without the oil pulling, I would have been in way worse shape after jaw surgery. At least had more tartar build-up and sensitive gums from the lack of good brushing.
What about you? Have you tried oil pulling? Have you noticed any differences?