Nowadays, coconut oil is widely used thanks to its numerous health benefits, yet there is one fact of which you may have not been aware of it up to now, and that is its benefit for the dental health.
Many researches have already proven to be a great replacement for the existing types of toothpastes available on the market which most of them contain harmful substances that may cause irritations and other side effects.
Even if you think that dental health is not so much important for the overall health, then you are completely mistaken as bad dental health may lead to other health issues. Namely, various mouth infections may cause numerous health concerns like heart issues, stroke, dementia, and respiratory disease. For that reason, pay extra attention for your dental health.
Recent studies have revealed that coconut oil is a highly beneficial ingredient when dental care is concerned; your dental health will be kept at the highest optimal level being more effective than the commercial toothpaste.
Another new study carried out at the Athlone Institute has revealed that this particular oil is better than all other oils when it comes to proper dental care like clean and healthy teeth. Coconut oil is an amazing antibacterial agent because it contains digestive enzymes that prevent further bacteria development in the mouth.
The most accountable bacteria of teeth decay, both in adults and children, are Streptococcus and S Mutans. They are bacteria that produce acid by obtaining energy from sugar thereby causing an acidic environment in the mouth that demineralizes tooth structure resulting in spoiled tooth.
Dr. Damien Brady, the head of the research in Athlone Institute of Technology, regarding this matter states, quoting: “Involving coconut oil with adjusted enzymes in the products of dental hygiene represents an interesting alternative to chemical additives, especially because it works at considerably reduced concentrations. Plus, with bigger antibiotic hostility, it is essential for us to pay attention in finding and using some new ways to fight against microbial infection.”
Hence, people need to seek for more natural solutions for teeth cleaning as regular toothpastes are packed with triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, and artificial sweeteners like aspartame which may provoke numerous health concerns. Namely, triclosan was connected to endocrine problems, and sodium lauryl sulfate negatively impacts the taste buds.
However, we do have a natural toothpaste recipe made of coconut oil with some other beneficial ingredients:
- Half a cup of coconut oil
- 15 to 30 drops of lemon, thieves, or peppermint essential oil
- 2 to3 tablespoons of baking soda
Preparation: All you have to do is to mix all the ingredients forming a paste. The paste is used like any other toothpaste.
Oil Pulling Method
This is another way for protecting your teeth and promoting dental health. It is a technique easily learned; basically you have to swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth for about 5 to 20 minutes on an empty stomach. After that, you must spit the coconut oil which has already absorbed the bacteria existing in your mouth leaving your teeth healthy, clean, and white.