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Coconut Oil Pulling Improves Oral Health

Author: Tara R.
Skill: Healer
Date: 06-04-2011
Views: 20,604
Word Count: 238
Questions Received: 6
Testimonial ID: 5949-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 3

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I have had some gum issues over the years. In my college years I was vegetarian and relied far too much on starches and became addicted to sugar.

This along with some other issues created some recessed pockets between a few of my upper and lower molars. I was also told I had an infection in my wisdom teeth (I'm in my 40's and still have them)

Last year at a Weston Price conference called Wise Traditions I learned about Coconut Oil pulling. This is a simple technique of swishing the highly anti-microbial coconut oil in your mouth for about 10-20 minutes. I thought hmmm, what if we added essential oils to the mix?

Since then, I've added the coconut pulling to my nightly regime and rotate various essential oils in the mix to pack an even greater effect. Here is the recipe:
* 1 teaspoon of organic coconut oil (usually a solid at room temp - becomes liquid after swishing)

* 1-2 drops of an essential oil. Some of my favorite oils to add are Thieves, Oregano, Marjoram, Clove, Cinnamon, Thyme, DiGize, Peppermint.

I've had stuff literally be pulled out of my gums and have also had all four areas of my gums tighten and no longer "catch" food everytime I eat.

I'll keep you posted on the wisdom teeth.

I'll also be going back to my dentist soon for a check up and look forward to a good report.

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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: abscess, abscesses, anti microbial, cavities, dental, gum disease, pyorrhea, receding gums.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: dental,tooth-/-teeth,gums,gum-disease — Study 1: "[Oil pulling] would benefit the general population by giving more confidence in the ancient practices, thus preventing tooth decay and loss." Study 2: "Oil pulling therapy has been equally effective like chlorhexidine on halitosis and organisms, associated with halitosis." Study 3: "The oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis." Study 4: "Oil pulling can be used as an effective preventive adjunct in maintaining and improving oral health." Study 5: "The myth that the effect of oil-pulling therapy on oral health was just a placebo effect has been broken, and there are clear indications of possible saponification and emulsification process, which enhances its mechanical cleaning action."Link
2.Associated topics: dental,tooth-/-teeth,gums — "Both clove and benzocaine gels had significantly lower mean pain scores than placebos. No significant difference was observed between clove and benzocaine regarding pain scores. Clove gel might possess a potential to replace benzocaine as a topical [anesthetic] agent before needle insertion."Link
3.Associated topics: antimicrobial — "...its flowers and leaves are the most used parts in the treatment of health disorders such as allergies, colds, cough, skin, liver and gallbladder disorders, inflammation, infections and sleeplessness... In vitro studies characterized Helichrysum as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent. Its flavonoids and terpenes were effective against bacteria (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus), its acetophenones, phloroglucinols and terpenoids displayed antifungal action against Candida albicans and its flavonoids and phloroglucinols inhibited HSV and HIV, respectively.... Regarding Helichrysum italicum in vivo activity, the highlight goes to ...the anti-inflammatory properties exhibited by its flavonoids, acetophenones and phloroglucinols, as seen in animal models."Link

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