You’ve probably heard that coconut oil is often used to improve the oral health, but now this was officially proven by scientific research. First, it was said to be a better alternative to toothpaste, and now researchers say it can even heal cavities. Your regular toothpaste is loaded with harmful chemicals that in many cases do more harm than good for your overall health.
Oral infections can contribute to the development of various health issues like respiratory problems, dementia, heart disease, and stroke. To prevent further health complications, it’s recommended to visit your dentist regularly and to take a good care of your oral hygiene.
A recent study conducted by researchers from the Athlone Institute of Technology analyzed the effects of various oils in the overall oral health.
The results showed that coconut oil is the best oil for the oral health, thanks to its potent antibacterial properties which prevent bacterial growth in the mouth.
S.Mutans and Streptococcus metabolize sugar into lactic acid, and these bacteria lower your mouth’s pH levels to acidic. This, in turn, can cause tooth demineralization and tooth decay.
The lead researcher in the study, Dr. Damien Brady, explains that including enzyme-modified coconut oil into oral hygiene products is a great alternative to chemical additives, especially since it functions at very low concentrations. With the growing antibiotic resistance, we have to focus on finding new ways to fight microbial infection.
Avoid harmful chemicals and choose a natural toothpaste. The commercial toothpaste includes fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial sweeteners like aspartame, and triclosan. Triclosan interferes with the body’s endocrine system, whereas sodium lauryl sulfate can alter the taste buds.
Recipe for a Natural Toothpaste
- Half a cup of coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda
- 15-30 drops of essential oil (thieves, lemon, peppermint)
Just mix the ingredients well, and that’s it. Use this natural toothpaste every day.
Another way to use coconut oil to improve your oral health is oil pulling. Do this oral detoxification procedure before eating or drinking anything to kill your bad breath, help cure tooth decay, heal bleeding gums, reduce inflammation, prevent cavities, whiten your teeth, strengthen your gums and jaw, and heal cracked lips.
Swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for around 20 minutes and then spit it out.