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3/13/13 6:38 A

Hi everyone

It's totally fine if you disagree with this method or want to state your reasons that you wouldn't do it. But please refrain from any negative comments about how crazy you think it is, and please don't be disrespectful in your posts. If you can't find a way to give your opinions respectfully, then don't post at all.


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3/12/13 9:28 P

I'd never heard of this until today. You live, you learn. In any case, some people in this thread are so incredibly rude, I can't believe this is SP. Everyone is entitled to what they believe without being harrassed for it. You dont believe it - fine don't believe it. Who is making you do anything?

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3/12/13 6:43 P

FENWAYGIRL18 - do you really do this for 20 minutes every morning? Where do you find the time?!

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3/12/13 6:14 P

I've heard of it before, but never tried it. Maybe I will.

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3/12/13 5:48 P

It doesn't taste like anything and the oil pulls out the bacteria , hey it's made a huge difference in the life of my friends child. I'm not saying anyone has to agree with me or not I asked if you had ever done it . A simple yes or no is fine don't have to be rude, just because you've never heard of something doesn't mean that it doesn't work.
I didn't ask to be made fun of I just asked if anyone had tried it, but people love to hide behind their computers and be a bully, if that floats your boat fine just don't aim it at someone who isn't being mean just merely asking a question and that could possibly help someone who is open minded that's all.
I've learned things from message postings, some might of sounded a little out there but I always keep an open mind.
Everyone has the right to put their 2 cents worth just don't have to be rude about it after all it's only worth 2 cents!

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3/12/13 3:30 P

I doubt I could do this (very sensitive gag reflex), but if I had chronic halitosis I'm sure I'd be willing to try it.

home remedies aren't always a bunch of hooey, and this one doesn't seem dangerous.

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3/12/13 3:21 P

No. I don't see any scientific evidence to support it. Sounds more like a home remedy with little support. I can't understand why bacteria would be attracted to or die in the oil. But if it works for you, that's great. Good luck with it.

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3/12/13 2:36 P


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3/12/13 2:35 P

I may give this a try but I will have to psyche myself up first emoticon

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3/12/13 8:09 A

where did you hear of this?

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3/12/13 7:53 A

you may not have said anything but BERRY4 was rude and yes were here to support one another in weight loss but we can still disagree with others on here. Pretty sure sparkpeople rules for message boards isn't that we have to agree with everything someone posts on here. you posted on here asking if other members have done this and we responded to your message. If you don't want to get the truth on a question, don't ask. I was never rude to your or BERRY4's replies. I gave my honest truth about, never heard of it and don't want to try it.

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3/11/13 11:01 P


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3/11/13 10:59 P

Fine. Whatever. I'm done with this topic. emoticon

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3/11/13 10:53 P

I guess some people have nothing better to do then to put themselves above everyone else and look down on them. I was raised with manners and even though I'm on a computer I still use them, but then there are others like you.
Whatever makes you feel good about yourself at the end of the day, I could be mean and say somethings back to you, but I won't stoop down to anyone's level especially you....

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3/11/13 10:45 P

Whatever. I stand by my comments, and I WOULD have the nerve to say it to your face...while probably laughing about it. You are free to do what you want with your body, but if you post it on a public site and it sounds kooky, then expect to have comments about it.

Yes, we are here to support one another in our weight-loss. However, that's about as far as I'm willing to be I have my own problems that keep me busy. Some folk will try any bizarre thing that comes along, and to each their own.

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3/11/13 10:34 P

I told my friend about it and her daughter has done everything for bad breath, yes she brushes her teeth 3 times a day, yes she flosses, yes she even has a tongue scraper and chews minty gum and mints because at school the kids would tell her she had awful breath and would wave their hands in front of her face (very rude).
She'd come home and cry to my friend the dental assistants wouldn't say anything but would make faces when they worked on her.
I told her about this 3 days ago, I guess her breath was so bad that if she went in the car and talked the care would fill up with the scent of her breath. My friend thought it sounded a little crazy, but I told her your mouth feels so clean and you don't even get morning breath.
She said I'll have her give it a try, well she called me up before I came on here hahaha and said THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME ABOUT THE OIL BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT DID BUT HER BREATH ISN'T BAD NOW.
The oil is suppose to pull the bacteria out of the places the tooth brush can't get and even the floss. She said her daughter isn't afraid to talk now and get embarrassed by kids at school (she's in middle school).
You know I put that on here to share something that works with people , there are a lot of people on here that right things on the boards that are a little far fetched, but I HAVE NEVER ONCE BEEN MEAN RESPONDING, NEVER SAID A PERSON SOUNDED LIKE THEY HAD OCD OR THAT THEY WERE SAD.
We're suppose to be here to give support to one another and share things that help people, I think it's sad when people sit behind their computers and try to belittle someone for something that could be useful to others. I'd love to see if you'd say some of the stuff you say on here to a persons face (I'M SURE YOU WOULDN'T BECAUSE YOU WOULDN'T HAVE THE NERVE)!

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3/11/13 7:44 A

I hadn't heard of it before, but it sounds interesting...I think I'll try it.

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3/11/13 7:35 A

There is no need to be disrespectful to people who don't agree with your thinking BERRY4, and saying were'' truly sad'' because we don't wanna swish oil in our mouthes is rude! You are free to do whatever you wanna do, but don't call me sad because I choose not to.

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3/11/13 1:38 A

Never heard of it until I read this thread.

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3/11/13 1:27 A

You guys are truly "sad"...
"You throw out alternatives because it doesn't suit you. -- Don't knock what you haven't tried!"

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3/10/13 9:52 P

OK, which celeb did this stuff come from? It's usually some celeb who dreams up these things, or "pulled it" out of their end zone............think about it for awhile. Someday, when you are older, you will laugh and laugh at the stuff you did to try to lose weight when you were young and ....... Trust me.

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3/10/13 8:13 P

yeah swishing oil in your mouth for any length of time does not sound appealing to me and I don't even use oils to cook with anymore. So I agree with you, why would I want to put it into my mouth. emoticon

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3/10/13 7:32 P

Oh, I'm sure that Berry was referring to me. Regardless...I think "pulling" is ridiculous and a complete waste of time. It's like something a snake oil charmer might try to pawn off on gullible folk.

Disregarding the fact that this "folk remedy" for bad breath is unproven and unscientific and not backed up by a shred of evidence or fact...

* I certainly have no intention of swishing around any sort of oil in my mouth. Why anyone would want to coat their mouths with various oils (most of which we all know are bad for you, healthwise, for cooking and such, so why would I want to swish the stuff around in my mouth) is beyond me, and just shows the length that some folk will go to in their quest for some slight, perceived elimination of mouth bacteria.

* And the amount of time that a person would have to hold that oil in their mouths...10-20 minutes? Are you crazy? Probably so! I've much better things to do with my time than to occupy my mouth with an oil for that long.

Based on this whacko practice, why not practice urine therapy as a cure for smooth skin and such? People always take things to an extreme....never ceases to amaze me.

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3/10/13 5:39 P

Not sure who your referring to BERRY4 but I know I personally didn't knock anyone, and just because someone says that they have never heard of it nor want to try it does not mean they are dissing the OP(original poster) we simply have never heard of it and it isn't something I personally want to try.

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3/10/13 5:08 P

Hats off to FENWAYGIRL18 for putting something out there for people to check into. (Sorry you've been maligned.)

It is called "oil pulling". It has come highly recommended to me by someone whose whole family participates. Most of what I've read suggests doing so upon awakening for a minimum of 15 min w/ 20 min being the "standard". Doing it for less time will probably either take far longer to show results, if any, or not bring much benefit. -- For some of us, it is something to build up to. And of all the "oils," coconut oil is less "annoying" for me since it has a fairly pleasant flavor. But do NOT swallow the oil.

Just because the ADA doesn't know about it, doesn't mean it doesn't have valid applications. I could go ON about what medicine does not care to find out about or use, but it doesn't mean you throw out alternatives because it doesn't suit you. And with natural methods of treating things, one should give it as long as a month to notice real changes. -- Don't knock what you haven't tried!


Edited by: BERRY4 at: 3/10/2013 (17:09)

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3/10/13 9:31 A

Never heard of it. Interesting, but I doubt I'll try it.

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3/10/13 9:11 A

Never heard of it

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3/10/13 8:39 A

I brush my teeth, floss, and visit the dentist. That should help keep the bacteria at bay. I guess I don't feel the need to try something that isn't necessarily proven. And a trial study using 10 participants isn't enough to sway me.

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3/10/13 5:14 A


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3/10/13 2:06 A

Never heard of this. I occasionally use Listerine.

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3/9/13 9:34 P

Think I heard of it somewhere but can't imagine myself doing it.

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3/9/13 7:02 P

I have never heard of such a thing, I'm going to school to become a dental assistant and my teacher has never said anything about swishing oils in our mouthes to reduce bacteria, she did say to use mouthwash and to floss. Flossing and brushing your teeth helps reduce bad breath and bacteria in your moth,you can also buy a tongue cleaner and brushing your tongue will reduce bacteria and bad breath too. I'm not saying anything bad to you or anyone who does this oil swishing. if it works that is great.

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3/9/13 6:48 P

In other words, it's just another wacky, unproven, unscientific, unsubstantiated act of craziness. PUH-LEEZE!

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3/9/13 5:53 P

Here is an incredibly small study of the practice that was posted in the Journal of Oral Health - the study asked ten mail patients to swish the oil in their mouth for 8 to 10 minutes every single morning on an empty stomach. After 15 days the benefit was negligible but there was some slight benefits after 45 straight days.

The study is here:

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3/9/13 5:32 P

If it works it sounds like a great way to eliminate chronic sore throats. Five minutes seems like a long time without swallowing though.

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3/9/13 5:11 P

have never ever heard of this.

Enjoyed reading the blog of someone who tried it - didn't sound like they saw that big of a deal.

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3/9/13 4:32 P

Whaaaat! Never heard such a thing!

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3/9/13 4:00 P

I first heard of this on the Wendy Show when she had live like a star for a month, she had people come on and give you tips that some of the stars do. I wanted to try it because I take a lot of antibiotics for lyme and my teeth aren't as white as they use to be.
I'd never heard of it before the Wendy Show and I had posted on here about this and one woman said that her daughter uses coconut oil and she's had a huge difference.
I'm not a germ a phobic nor do I have OCD as some of you have stated on here, just because you don't understand something doesn't mean you have to ridicule it.
It's funny that you said you looked it up and didn't see anything on it because I also got info on it from the internet.
I've been doing it for about 4 days, but notice a huge difference just in the way my mouth felt the very next day, it just felt cleaner and everyone gets morning breath in the morning even when you brush your teeth at night and I haven't since using this.
Brushing alone isn't just fine as someone said as you swish this around in your mouth it's pulling out the bacteria in the hard to reach places of your mouth and absorbs it from your gums.

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3/9/13 2:06 P

never heard of it

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3/9/13 1:32 P

Exactly, MKMMARTY! I couldn't even find any reference to it online. I think it's one of those myths that take hold and get passed around by other people. Many people become fanatical about health and germs and such and they are more likely to try the more bizarre things to satisfy their phobias or OC, etc.

I'd like to see some scientific evidence to support such a thing.

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3/9/13 11:24 A

sounds like witch doctor medicine

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3/9/13 11:06 A

I have heard of this and I am so happy it is working for you. I heard the oil is so full of bacteria that it is best to spit it out in the toilet. I tried it once with coconut oil but nohing happened. I guess one needs to do it consistantly. How long did it take until you saw results? Anyways, good for you. Not an easy thing to do but well worth it.

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3/9/13 11:04 A

never heard of this process.

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3/9/13 10:47 A

Sounds absurd...I'm would never want to swish with cooking oil! Brushing does just fine for gingivitis and bad breath! emoticon

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3/9/13 10:40 A

I too have never heard of this!

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3/9/13 4:54 A

I have never heard of this!

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3/9/13 2:59 A

Where did you get this idea? Does it really work?

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3/9/13 2:20 A

I have never heard of this.

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3/9/13 12:06 A

I started pulling it means when you swish around sunflower oil or sesame oil in your mouth for about 5 minutes or more and then brush your teeth and tongue really well afterwards. The oil absorbs the bacteria in your mouth and you have to spit it out and then rinse with water then brush your teeth good. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your mouth feels so clean and you don't have morning breath in the morning, it's good if you have ginivitis or swollen gums or just want to get all the bacteria out of your mouth and it really works! It makes your mouth feel so good and clean

Edited by: FENWAYGIRL18 at: 3/9/2013 (00:10)

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