Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids with 50% being lauric acid. Lauric acid has proven anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which help to get rid of plaque and bacterial on the teeth and gums. It also helps to keep your breath fresh. Oral hygiene matters, and coconut oil is one of the best products for your mouth. You have probably heard about coconut-based toothpastes, but the latest revelation will blow your mind.
Coconut oil can treat cavities, and science confirms this!
Oral infections may lead to the development of heart disease, stroke, respiratory issues, and dementia. Take care of these infections in time, otherwise you may end up dealing with a severe health problem.
According to a study conducted at the Athlone Institute, coconut oil is the best oil when it comes to inhibiting bacterial growth in the oral cavity.
Streptococcus and S. Mutans cause tooth decay. These feed on sugar, and cause an imbalance of pH values in your mouth. Acids demineralize teeth, and cause infections.
“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,” explains Dr. Damien Brady, the lead researcher at the Athlone Institute of Technology.
Your toothpaste is probably packed with sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, triclosan, artificial sweeteners (aspartame) and other toxins.
Sodium lauryl sulfate affects your taste buds, and gives you a bitter taste. Triclosan has a detrimental effect on your endocrine glands. We suggest that you opt for natural alternatives.
Try this homemade toothpaste made from coconut oil:
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 15-30 drops essential oil (lemon, thieves, peppermint)
- 1 tbsp. baking soda
Combine the ingredients into a thick paste, and use it every day.
Oil pulling is also a nice treatment, and it doesn’t involve any fancy ingredients or boring procedures. All you have to do is swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. Spit out the oil. Do this before your meals.
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