I'm curious if anyone else out there has been oil pulling for some time and have noticed any change in their oral health. Aside from polishing your teeth...
I ask because I've been oil pulling for 20-30min every morning for probably 6 months or so and my oral health has not improved. I get regular oral exams every 6 months so I know this to be true in my case.
Maybe I'm not doing it enough, but 30 minutes is actually a good chunk of my time and if this isn't doing anything for me I could save some time and some money and not bother.
When I first heared about it, I had to look it up. And when I did I was disgusted and baffled at the same time.
Oh, and this hasn't changed since then.
Never done it, never will.
I haven't seen a dentist since 2004. I don't even brush on a daily basis.
I don't have any issues with my teeth. No caries, no calculus, nothing.
My theory is that it's the animal products that necessitate additional oral hygene and not sugar. They are the ones that are heavily infested with bacteria.
Think about it: When you are a small child your teeth fall out and you get new ones. The first ones are only there to last during the time you are not weened yet. This is the only time you are supposed to consume animal-products: Your own mothers milk.
The teeth you get after that are meant to last till your death. As long as you eat the food suitable for your species.
We did not evolve on oil nor toothpaste and yet we still somehow managed to come along with our teeth... as long as we didn't overdo the unintended food that is.
I think it's fruits that are the best we can do for dental care.
As a child my dentist regularly found issues with my teeth. It went as far as to me having holes in them and a lot of pain.
The main differences between then and now: I ate animals and I brushed my teeth twice a day instead of twice a week.
If you eat raw, then I don't think it's necessary. The reason that it works, IMO, is that it pulls oil-soluble toxins out of your gums. You probably don't have a whole lot of those anymore.
I think a LFRV should be fine with using water.