Just passing along some advice from my dentist, the same man who advised I try oil pulling to offset problems due to receding gums. He advised to stop oil pulling for at least 3 days after having a tooth pulled. The main reason for this advice is to avoid disturbing the blood clot that forms in the socket after the tooth has been pulled. Oil pulling creates pressure that can blow open the blood clot. So can other activity that creates a sucking pressure....drinking liquid out of a straw is the first example he gave. After about 3 days the tooth socket should be far enough on the road to healing that it is okay to resume with oil sucking.
On a related note, after this dentist pulled out a tooth yesterday, he told me he noticed a bit of thrush on the back of the throat. He suggested I can use any of various pro-biotic-like supplements as a simnple remedy, to inclue yougurt, kefir and sour kraut. This tooth was what he called " class 4 decay ", which is a kind of decay that happens relatively deep down in the tooth out of normal site. When he first diagnosed it he he suggested it be pulled but because he was only a few days away from starting a 2 week vacation, he was not able to immediately schedule the extraction. As a result, even though it was generally against his style of treatment, he gave me a prescription for Penicillin, he wanted me to get a good 3 to 4 days of this in me prior to the extraction day. After the fact he theorized that the Penicillin is what precipitated the oral thrush. I can say this, about 2 days after beginning the Penicillin I woke up with a sore throat that was badly clogged and it was clogged in a way that was quite difficult to clear out....as though the throat was clogged with phlegm of a consistency of partly cured concrete. Ive had this kind of sort throat in the past but never knew it was the result of Candida that, when it happens in the mouth / throat, is more commonly referred to as Thrush.
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