As I've yammered on about extensively, my teeth—what remain of them—are in horrible shape. I'm currently grinding through the implant process on the top of my mouth. It's gross, humiliating, and the less said, the better.
Because I'm always on the lookout for new remedies, I decided to start this ayurvedic practice called "oil pulling." There are a bunch of websites about it, claiming it can cure everything from gum disease to cancer to AIDS, but the most believable arguments were about its effects on gum disease.
So now every morning upon waking, I brush my teeth and then swish a tablespoon of sesame oil around in my mouth for 20 minutes. I hope I get used to it soon, because right now it just makes me queasy. I mean, oil, first thing in the morning? I'm not even going to tell my periodontist about it, but I'm seeing him in a month and we'll see if he sees any improvement. If he does, I'll tell him and keep doing it. If not, buh-bye early morning oil cocktail! (Not that you swallow the oil—you just swish and spit. Supposedly the oil turns toxic after a little while in your mouth.)
If anyone has any experience with this, please let me know if it worked for you.