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Oil Pulling Inflamed Root Canal

Posted by Ed on 03/14/2008

Dear Ted,' I have read every Q and A but still have a question regarding one spot that is still getting worse after six weeks of oil pulling. All areas of my mouth have improved except the lower left incisor where I have a root canal. Initially a lot of areas flared up dramatically but I persisted and they are improving. The gum around the root canal tooth is receding exposing the root and the tooth is getting looser instead of tighter. I want to continue, what do you recommend? Sincerely

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Oil pulling does not kill all the bacteria that causes receding gums, but they are excellent in killing certain fungus that causes black teeth and heavy metals that get recirculated inside the body system. There are two remedies that I will try to prevent receding gums and I will use both of them: 1. Using a 1 - 1.5% hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash. Some people likes 3%, but I think it is too strong for some people. I prefer the food grade kind, no stabilizers and additive. Thats' the best kind. 2. I will take vitamin C sodium ascorbate 100 mg and some vitamin B complex three times a week. The B complex is helpful with gum problems especially the niacinamide B3 and the B2, which helps capillary circulation. A zinc chloride mouthwash can also be used to kill certain bacteria, I think there is one brand that uses that and it's called Lavoris. Receding gums is often caused by bacteria on plaque which pushes the gums to receded and it's worse if the saliva's pH is acid. Therefore 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/8 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate (if possible!) to 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day will cause the saliva pH to recede. If this is all too complicated for someone, than I think a nice one tablespoon of sea salt to 1/2 glass of water used as a mouthwash is also possible. The salinity and the alkalinity usually kills most of the bacteria. As a warning, an ordinary common table salt won't work because it's pH is usually 5, at least the brands I buy here locally, while the sea salt's pH is quite often 7.5 to 8.5, which has more alkalinity and kills more bacteria and other pathogens. Some iodine added to the sea salt for example now and then can also help the healing and killing off some more bacteria too. The number of drops is often between 5-15 drops per 1/2 glass of water and sea salt can be added or not depending on whether the gums are sensitive to salt or not. As a footnote, hydrogen peroxide works deeper into the root canal, but sometimes I apply xylitol or d-mannose or mannitol, to help kill them too. They cause the bacteria to unglue and kills them by preventing formation of colonies as this removes the glue in which the bacteria colonies are attached to healthy cells. It also helped my friend's deep cavities from pain in many ocassions from further infection.

Replied by Linda
San Francisco, Ca, Usa

Hi Carolyn, You might do a websearch to look up a device named the "Godzilla", I am hearing that those who use it get good results with tooth and mouth infections.

The Godzilla uses a 6-volt lantern battery and sponges for electrodes, might be worth investigating. It's certainly simple enough..

PS: Pure Clove Bud essential oil is also great.

Stay well,


Replied by Kevin
Montreal, Canada

I have a root canal. I have noticed that it only flares up if I use sesame oil. That doesn't happen with any other oil (sunflower, olive, ...).

Replied by Carolyn
Bowie, Maryland, Usa

My dentist wants to pull my root canal-ed molar, because he believes nearly all teeth with root canals have non-treatable infections (no blood flow to those dead teeth, he says). The crown just came off that tooth, so rather than replace the crown, pull the tooth, claims dentist.

Might oil pulling with coconut oil have some beneficial result if indeed there IS an infection?