My family and I have been doing oil pulling for a while now, and I'm so glad that I discovered this! 

I've always taken really good care of my teeth, but I have been plagued with periodontal disease since my twenties. I have had numerous oral surgeries, including gum surgery, bone replacement and an implant. It seems like no matter how much I brush, floss, water-pik, etc. that things never improve very much.

I get my teeth cleaned every three months, alternating between the dentist and the periodontist. I had another dental surgery six months ago and had missed my three month cleaning with the dentist. So when I went back to the periodontist for a cleaning, I was a little bit worried about how my numbers would look. 

Lo and behold, everything had improved! My numbers were lower than they have been in years, my gums are much healthier and even one tooth that had been starting to show some movement is now stable. Wow, for once I wasn't totally depressed after a dental appointment. I credit this improvement to oil pulling!

So, what exactly is oil pulling? Oil pulling is a safe, simple, cheap and gentle way to rid your mouth of harmful toxins and bacteria. It freshens your breath, makes your teeth whiter (and they feel so smooth!). More and more research is revealing that the health of your mouth is extremely critical to the health of your whole body. 

I use virgin, cold pressed, organic coconut oil because I like its health benefits - yes, the same product that I use for cooking. Coconut oil is rich in Lauric Acid and has been proven to be beneficial for a multitude of health concerns. I recently came across this article, which is quite interesting and I think maybe I'll try some of his other oil suggestions.

I keep a small spoon in my bathroom and scoop up some coconut oil, add one drop of essential oil, put it in my mouth and swish away! There is no need to use a lot of force, and just use the amount of coconut oil that is comfortable for you. The coconut oil melts quickly in your mouth. Swish for at least three to five minutes, and up to ten minutes, really whatever is comfortable for you.

In the mornings I do my oil pulling while I'm showering, and I also do it during the day and in the evenings when I have time. I like to add different essential oils for maximum benefit, so here are some of the various oils I use:

- Myrrh, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, Tea Tree, Thyme, Frankincense, Rosemary, Orange.  I add just one drop of essential oil to my spoonful of oil.

When you're done pulling, it’s important to spit out the oil. You don’t want to swallow it because it is full of bacteria. I spit my oil out into one of those little plastic cups with a lid, or into the trash so I don’t clog up my sink. Then, brush your teeth to remove any toxins left in your mouth or on your teeth. It leaves my mouth feeling very fresh and clean. If you are having any mouth pain, oil pulling can be a helpful relief.  Myrrh essential oil is my favorite for healing and pain relief.

Check out this link for more detailed information about and how to do it and the science behind it.

Then give it a try with or without some essential oils and let me know what you think! 

DISCLAIMER: This information provides benefits and uses of essential oils based on personal experiences and/or information detailed in medical/academic journals or other publications.  This information is not to be interpreted as medical advice meant for diagnosing illness or injured condition of the body or for prescriptive purposes and is in no way intended as a substitute for personal judgment or medical counseling.  Statements and ideas contained herein have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Anyone with a disease, illness, injury or medical condition should consult a qualified health care professional.  Readers are encouraged to consult their health care provider prior to beginning any cleanse, diet, detoxification program, or any supplement regiment.