thanks molly- phew. i had read something earlier and it alarmed me.
here is the abbreviated/edited version of the link.
Oral Detoxification Programs
Ted from Bangkok writes, "There are actually many kinds of mouth detox, but the ones I use most frequently are:
5. Heavy metal Detox. Oil pulling with peppermint oil, or in some cases added tea tree. Cod liver oil I think is better than sunflower oil, but the problem seems obvious, they are not easily found and quite expensive.
Oil pulling removes heavy metals from your body, including the heavy metal filings with exception of ceramic fillings. All this is just my experience. You have to decide yourself to do oil pulling or not. If you don't want to rid of fillings and hence heavy metals, then oil pulling should not be done. A preferred remedy that has less negative effect then oil pulling is a simple mouth detox, which is simply saturated solution baking soda and one drop peppermint mouthwash. This one will have the least problems in that it doesn't remove the fillings, but seems to be protective of enamel degradation. Ted"
I think OP is worth it regardless, because most oral symptoms seem to produce hidden infections in the tooth roots and jawbones, which tend to become systemic throughout the body, causing immune suppression and thus damage in other organs. The infections appear to be a major cause of heart attacks etc. Fillings, root canals, crowns and extractions seems to produce these hidden infections and sometimes metal poisoning by electrical galvanic processes. If cleansing symptoms get too uncomfortable, which they don't seem to for most people, according to the OP survey, you can either OP less often, or for shorter lengths of time, or use herbs etc to deal with the discomfort. I had 3 toothaches, because of longstanding infections, and used raw sliced garlic to deal with them. I also started getting edema lately and seem to have solved that problem by ingesting a little Epsom Salt each day. Magnesium is said to be often good for edema and epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. I don't know how well OP removes toxic metal from the system, but Dr. Mercola et al say Chlorella, an algae, is the best thing there is to remove toxic metals. I don't know if sweating removes those metals, but it's said to be the only way some toxins can be removed.
I am pulling despite having 5 metal fillings. When I first started OP, I noticed a metallic taste in my mouth... I'm guessing because the oil was pulling some mercury out of the fillings. ???
I am now taking chlorella and don't notice the metallic taste. BUT I do have an appt with a biological dentist next week to put together a plan to remove at least 1, if not all 5, of my metal fillings. I'm wondering if I was getting the metal taste because of a cracked or chipped filling. I'll see next week!