Yes- you read it right- coconut oil is the new black when it comes to dental care!
Even though it was primarily used as a healthy alternative to commercial toothpaste, this oil has been found to be extremely effective as it can even heal cavities!
Various infections in the oral cavity lead to health issues like heart diseases, stroke, respiratory issues, and dementia. Therefore, it is of high importance to take proper care of your dental health and thus avoid such complications.
A recent study done at the Athlone Institute analyzed the effects of different oils on oral health and found that coconut oil is undoubtedly the best, as its powerful natural antibacterial properties inhibit bacterial growth in the mouth.
Tooth decay is caused by streptococcus and S. Mutans, which feed on sugar and reduce the pH value in the mouth, causing acidity which demineralizes teeth.
According to Dr. Damien Brady, the lead researcher at the Athlone Institute of Technology:
“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.”
Commercial kinds of toothpaste are full of harmful chemicals, like sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, triclosan, as well as artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, which have a detrimental effect on health.
For instance, sodium lauryl sulfate influences the taste buds and leads to a bitter taste, while Triclosan affects the endocrine glands. Hence, you should always try to use some natural alternative.
We recommend the following natural toothpaste:
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 15-30 drops essential oil (lemon, thieves, peppermint)
- 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
Mix all the ingredients, and use the paste on a daily basis.
You should definitely try oil pulling as well, as this technique provides amazing effects. Just swish some coconut oil in the mouth for 20 minutes, and then spit it out to eliminate the absorbed bacteria from the mouth. Repeat before meals.