Quick - don't waste a moment - get to the Oil Pulling forum. I can't tell you how many dentists have insisted I have gum surgery and root canals. Needless to say, I haven't submitted to any of it. Since I began oil pulling a year and a half ago my gums are pretty and pink and my teeth are pearly white. What the crook dentist won't tell you is that any gum tissue that is removed will NEVER grow back and your wife will be left with gaping holes that store food like a hamster. My gums were in pretty bad shape. I still have a "pocket" or two in the back that measure around 5 mm, but my denstist (a good dentist) said as long as I can maintain that and keep it clean, no worries. I recommend organic sesame oil (not toasted...yuck) as that seems to be the one that works best for me. DO NOT LET THEM CUT HER GUMS OPEN!!!