Oiling Pulling and Amalgams: Is it safe?

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I've been oiling pulling for about a week as per instructions in Dr. Bruce Fife's book "Oiling Pulling Therapy." I have a number of amalgams so I thought it would be a good idea to deal with any mercury and just general dental health. In fact, Dr. Fife recommends a "medicated oil pulling" with clove or oregano oil along with CoQ10 for amalgams. I have not tried this. Then I heard that oiling is not good if you have amalgams (according to some German naturopath). It is claimed that if you are oil pulling and you have amalgams in your mouth, you will only make heavy metal deposits in your body more acute and that you need to have amalgams removed before attempting oil pulling. I'm confused and need some advice on whether I should continue oil pulling.
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Hi Angela

Oil pulling is a great way to maintain and improve oral health. However, if you have amalgam fillings then there is a chance of mercury toxity because oil pulling seems to remove metals as oil dissolves metal easily. But then there is mercury leaking from the filling even with tooth brushing as research has proven that mercury is not locked into an amalgam filling. Instead, it is continuously released as a vapor and absorbed into a patient’s various organs and tissues.

To answer your question, there is no study yet which proves safety or danger of oil pulling causing toxity. You have to decide yourself to do oil pulling or not.

You always have an option regarding removing the amalgam fillings if you want.

Thank you

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