- one week since my mouth started hurting.
- 5 days since I started oil pulling.
- 2 days since I started remineralizing.
I wanted to touch bases.
First of all, coconut oil isn’t bad. The texture is still a little odd until it melts all the way. And it’s really monotonous to swish for 20 whole minutes. I confess I usually go about 10-15 minutes, decide that’s long enough, and spit it out.
Maybe eventually I’ll have jaws of steel.
The first morning I experimented, I used regular toothpaste with oil pulling. My tooth felt fine until I brushed afterward. Over the course of this week, something else occurred to me. I think it’s currently my biggest eye-opener in the toothpaste conundrum: The side where the tooth in question resides is also the side, no, the exact spot that the gob of toothpaste first makes contact with my teeth. You would think that if that’s the spot that gets the strongest concentration of the stuff that’s supposed to care for my teeth, that would be the LAST spot to get cavities. I used the last gob of toothpaste anyway, so I am just not going to open up another tube until I see how this goes.
The second day I didn’t use any toothpaste (Shameful, I know), just oil pulling. I do have to say that my mouth made huge improvements! I only took Tylenol every 8 hrs (before that I was rotating Tylenol and ibuprofen every 2 hours).
The third day, I used an old prescription toothpaste I have (ProNamel). I realize that by using toothpaste, especially prescription toothpaste, (especially prescription toothpaste I’ve had in my medicine cupboard for more than a year), I’m being unscientific in my study, but I am not so convinced that the internet has this right, yet. And in the process, I want to stop hurting. Honestly, though, these two days were the days that my mouth hurt the worst (aside from the first two days, Where I didn’t use coconut oil)! I was having to take tylonol every 4 hours, and eating was painful. Oil pulling by itself has been the best thing up until now.
On the 4th and 5th days of oil pulling, I finally had the remineralizing toothpaste made up (Breaking calcium pills up into calcium powder is not as easy as it sounds… and those pill-crushers are great… when the pill isn’t a solid rock… like the calcium pills are), so I used ProNamel in the morning, and the remineralizing toothpaste before bed. So far, this is the best balance. I know that the ProNamel hurt more by itself, and purists will curse me for sticking with something with fluoride. Eventually, I will probably stop using it. But I’m having to re-train my brain. Using the remineralizing toothpaste leaves my teeth feeling like I just left the dentist’s office, a little gritty. It tastes like dentist, too. I can’t really complain, that’s probably a good thing. But… it’s not pleasant. I can’t bring myself to lose the minty-fresh side of clean teeth during the day. I know I can add mint extract into the concoction, but I don’t have mint oil (I’m just starting to venture into the “oil world.” I do have clove oil, and I’ve had clove oil since before cloves were cool, and I’ve added a drop of that. Cloves help fight infection. They also help with tooth pain (which is why I’ve had clove oil in my cupboard since I’ve lived on my own. It’s also why it was a staple in the cupboard with my family-of-origin, that all has soft-enameled teeth (Except my dad. He’s lucky. He should have shared that gene. Instead I got the “dentures before 40” gene from my mother).Oh, and I wont add xylitol, because it’s not necessary and I can’t bring myself to add a sweetener that is unnecessary to be counterproductive. Of course, I just came across this site, so I might change my mind. I’ll have to do a bit more reading between the lines.
Do I think Just oil pulling works? Um… Maybe, but I think it would take a long time to actually heal things. I think oil pulling by itself would have to be used for teeth that are already in good shape.
I did notice something, though: The resources I read said “first thing in the AM.” I really am not keen on the idea of getting my kid ready for school while I can’t say a thing. And I AM really keen on the idea of sleep. So getting up on time (okay, I WAKE up on time, I just don’t get out of bed for 1/2 hr. Bad habit, I know) in order to swish coconut oil wasn’t high on my to-do list. But I noticed on the mornings I actually DID it first thing in the morning, I wasn’t reaching for painkillers by lunch. It didn’t hold true for the mornings I waited until my kiddo was off at school. This was both days with and without remineralizing toothpaste.
And, I think another issue that can’t be addressed or fixed by any natural remedy (that I know of… anyone got any ideas?) is this darn bite problem. I’m starting to think that that is most of the remaining pain! Whether or not it’s from cavities, too, I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure. My tooth looks grayish (a sure sign of a problem), and flossing between my teeth hurt like a bugger on the first few days (and I love flossing, so I like to floss every time I brush. I think if I’m gonna go through all the work to brush my teeth, I might as well get between my teeth, too. Although I still get most of my cavities between teeth. Go figure. Another reason to hope oil-pulling works, I guess). It’s not nearly as painful now. But the pressure is still there, like my jaw has been through some major clenching. Also, now that I’m focusing on my bite, It’s really causing problems. I can’t tell what is right, and knowing it’s a problem is like knowing there’s a sliver in your skin so you keep playing with it and irritating it instead of leaving it alone and it pushes itself out. When I think the Dentist will look past my cavities, I’ll probably go in and demand, at all costs, we get my bite fixed. And beg him to help me figure out how it’s supposed to match together… somehow…
Sometimes I think my mother had it right… Dentures before I’m forty sounds easier than braces when I’m [almost] 30.