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When I saw that it helps with teeth and gum issues, I was sold! Why? My mum, my sister, and I all have varying degrees of receding gums (a form of gum disease). Before I left Melbourne my dentist told me to see a Periodontist within 6 months. Honestly, given how expensive everything is here, how expensive I know periodontists to be, and only living on a sole income, I just can't afford it.
So let's hope that all this hype is not a myth, as I'm embarking on a oil pulling experiment for 6 weeks to see what happens.
I did a test run on Thursday morning in the shower using coconut oil and it didn't kill me. I thought I might choke at one point because I did it in the shower and forgot I could only breath through my nose and stuck my face in the water without thinking about timing my breathing, haha!
I know how everyone loves a good before and after photo so here's my before photo (sorry it's a bit scary but I needed to get my gums in the shot - you can see the gums above my two front right teeth are higher and non-uniform compared to my left. The gums on my bottom teeth are quite pale because they are thinning and pulling away from my teeth).
Expect a follow-up post on my oil pulling results in the next 6 weeks.