There’s a great chance that you’ve heard all about the benefits of coconut oil recently. Coconut oil’s positive effects on our health have been backed up by science. It can improve our health in many ways, ranging from the treatment of serious diseases to improving our oral health. Coconut oil is a true natural miracle that just keeps on giving which is why it should be a part of our diet.
Recently, many studies have underlined coconut oil’s ability to treat cavities and improve oral health. There’s mounting evidence which shows that commercial toothpaste brands are nothing but a combination of dangerous chemicals – instead of improving the health of our teeth, they’re actually destroying it! Fortunately, coconut oil can substitute most toothpaste brands without harming your oral health.
Of course, if you want to keep your teeth in perfect shape, you also need to pay more attention to them. There are many infections and other dental problems that can lead to inflammation and trigger serious ailments such as asthma, stroke, dementia and heart problems, which is why taking good care of your oral health is so important.
Science Confirms Coconut Oil’s Powerful Effects on Our Oral Health
Numerous recent studies have shown that coconut oil is the near-perfect alternative to commercial toothpaste. It is far healthier for our teeth and gums and certainly better for keeping our teeth cleaner.
Recent research conducted at the Athlone Institute showed that coconut oil works best for our teeth than any other oil. The participants’ teeth were far cleaner and healthier when they used coconut oil instead of regular toothpaste or other oils.
How Does It Work?
The secret of coconut oil’s powerful effects on our oral health lies in its antibacterial properties. The digestive enzymes it contains can prevent the growth and spread of bacteria in the oral cavity, including the dangerous strains such as Streptococcus and S. mutans. Both bacteria produce acids which corrode our teeth and are responsible for a variety of problems including tooth decay. Over time, they can demineralize our teeth, leading to tooth and bone loss which can have fatal consequences in extreme cases.
Dr. Damien Brady, leading author of the Athlone Institute study, says that coconut oil is a great natural option which is far safer than store-bought toothpaste. It can treat most infections and simple oral problems, although you should seek medical help if the infection you’re suffering from is serious. Consult your doctor before acting – they will tell you how serious your problem so you can decide if you want to use coconut oil for the problem yourself.
More and more people are trying to avoid using harsh chemicals and are looking for healthier alternatives. Regular toothpaste brands are full of additives such as artificial sweeteners, fluoride, triclosan and sodium lauryl sulfate which can erode and destroy our teeth. Being a natural oil, coconut oil is completely clean of harmful chemicals and thanks to its antibacterial properties, it’s the perfect alternative to store-bought toothpaste.
Here’s how to prepare your own coconut oil toothpaste at home:
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
- 20-30 drops of mint or lemon oil
It’s quite simple – you just need to mix the ingredients well until you get a nice paste. Transfer it to a suitable container and brush your teeth with it every day.
Oil pulling is an age-old technique that can keep your teeth safe from rot. All you need to do is start swishing a bit of coconut oil (about a tablespoon) in your mouth and continue for 20 minutes. The technique should preferably be done on an empty stomach as it works much better that way.
Spit the oil out when you’re done to eliminate all the bacteria from your mouth. Do this every day (start with 2-3 minutes and work your way up to 20) and brush your teeth with the coconut oil toothpaste from above and your teeth will be whiter and healthier than ever!