and I decided that it couldn't hurt,
and since my teeth and gums hate me and require lots of attention from a dental health professional at enormous expense, then maybe it could help and that was worth a shot!
So I started a couple of weeks ago.
I oil pull first thing in the morning,
before I brush my teeth or eat/drink.
Here's my story about how I oil pulled and survived!
I powered through until the chunks were melted, and then the key for me was keeping my mind occupied. I started struggling a bit at about 2 minutes, so I got on facebook to distract myself, and I could keep going. I didn't mind the taste at all. The only trouble I had was that it seemed to multiply in my mouth, which I suppose was my saliva. At around 10 minutes, my mouth was so full I didn't feel like I could keep it closed, so I spit it out in the trash can. My teeth feel SO clean! There's a spot behind my bottom teeth that I never feel like I can get quite clean, and it was!!
Note: the Thieves and peppermint oil is not just for taste. Thieves essential oil is an amazing blend of highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-infectious essential oils. Peppermint oil is anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and pain-relieving.
Day 2: Let me tell you what I can't do: oil pull in the shower. I read in several places that it was a great idea to do it while you're showering. And yeah, I like multitasking, so sure, it's a great idea in theory. Except I felt like I was drowning when I rinsed my hair because I couldn't breathe through my mouth. So I did it while I was putting my makeup on and blow drying my hair, and I made it 11 minutes and 30 seconds today. I could have gone longer but I needed to be able to tell my kids to get a move on!
Day 5: I didn't oil pull one morning because we were out of town, and could tell the difference in how clean my mouth felt.
Day 6: I discovered a painful ulcer this morning at my bottom gum line and oil pulling this morning definitely made it less painful! I think it's healing.
Day 7: This for sure gets easier every day. Making it to 20 minutes was no problem for me today, and I actually don't mind the taste at all. (It helps that I really love the taste of thieves oil.) And the ulcer is completely gone!
Day 8: When I initially posted on facebook about oil pulling, some people commented that they love it, but that their jaws have been sore or they've had headaches afterward. I haven't had any of those problems until today. I, just by accident, use less coconut oil this morning. I grabbed a different spoon, and somehow ended up with less (I always just eyeball it). That means I had to swish more and work harder to get that oil over all of my teeth and gums, and so by 15 minutes in, my jaws were slightly sore and I was headachy. I won't make that mistake again! More is more, in this case.
Day 15: I'm an oil puller! I don't do it every day (because some days I just forget), but I really do love how my mouth feels when I remember. Between this and Thieves mouthwash, I'm actually excited about going back to the dentist and hearing what they have to say!