Coconut oil is the new revolutionary ingredient used in dental health and care. In the beginning it was solely used as an alternative for toothpaste, but today it is proven that it has the ability to successfully heal cavities. The commercial toothpastes available in the market contain harmful chemicals that can pose threat to our overall health and well-being.
Namely, present infections in the oral cavity may cause occurrence of various health issues such as stroke, heart disease, dementia, and respiratory problems. Therefore, visit your dentist on a regular basis so that you can prevent further health complications. However, you should never neglect your oral hygiene.
According to the latest study conveyed at the Athlone Institute different oils were examined to determine their role in oral health, and among all of them coconut oil showed to be the best. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial product that impedes bacterial growth in the mouth. The researchers of this study revealed us few good reasons why to use coconut oil.
The main culprits for causing tooth decay are Streptococcus and S. Mutans. They eat sugar, and drop the pH value in the mouth to acidic levels which subsequently will demineralizes teeth, and eventually lead to tooth decay.
This is what the renowned Dr. Damien Brady, the lead researcher at the Athlone Institute of Technology says regarding this matter:
“Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations. Also, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection.”
Stay away from dangerous chemicals, and opt for natural toothpaste. Your regular toothpaste contains sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, triclosan, and artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Sodium lauryl sulfate affects taste buds, and gives you a bitter taste. Triclosan affects the endocrine glands.
Therefore, we shall present you a recipe for a homemade natural paste free of any chemicals.
Natural homemade toothpaste
- half a cup of coconut oil
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda
- 15 to 30 drops of essential oil (lemon, thieves, peppermint)
Preparation: Just mix all the ingredients, and use it each day.
Have you heard of oil pulling?
It is very useful technique for maintaining your oral health. This technique involves swishing coconut oil in the mouth for 20 minutes. Perform it before you eat or drink anything. However, you should not swallow the oil afterwards; you have to spit it after you have finished the treatment.
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