A recent study which focused on coconut oil’s effects on tooth decay showed that the oil is indeed effective. Coconut oil is one of nature’s most powerful antibacterial agent and it seems that it can stop tooth decay if we start using it as toothpaste.
The oil was tested either raw or treated with enzymes. It was put up against the Streptococcus bacteria which can be commonly found in our mouths. The oil modified with enzymes can prevent the growth of Streptococcus and other bacteria including Streptococcus Mutans. This occurs due to the activity of the enzymes, which break down the coconut oil to acids toxic to many bacteria.
According to Damien Brady, one of the lead researchers on the study, says that incorporating coconut oil into dental hygiene products is a great alternative to the chemical-laden toothpastes we constantly use. Due to the increasing antibiotic resistance, it’s important to find new ways of fighting bacteria and coconut oil may be it.
Here are reasons why you should start using coconut oil as a toothpaste:
Conventional toothpastes such as Colgate contain triclosan, a chemical compound that has been linked to antibiotic resistance as well as endocrine problems. The other chemicals inside commercial toothpastes have been linked to prostate, ovarian, breast and testicular cancer as well as other problems in children, so maybe it’s time to switch to coconut oil.
Animal studies have shown that triclosan can cause hormonal imbalance and bone malformations in rats and mice, which can be pretty dangerous. Additionally, the fluoride added to toothpastes is highly poisonous even in small amounts, so it may be better to use coconut oil instead of commercial toothpastes.
Great Against Bacteria That Cause Cavities
According to research, massaging coconut oil onto your gums every day for 10 minutes for a total of 3 weeks can reduce the plaque on your teeth and destroy the cavity-causing Streptococcus Mutans bacterium.
No Foaming Agents
Sodium laureth sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and other foaming agents can be found in almost all toothpastes. These chemicals help the toothpaste foam, but they also harm your taste buds by destroying the phospholipids found on your tongue. This can boost the bitter tastes and is the reason why everything tastes bad after brushing your teeth.
On the other hand, coconut oil maintains the natural balance of fluids in your mouth and destroys all the bacteria that might cause problems. Additionally, the aforementioned foaming agents have been related to canker sores which can be pretty painful.
A Cheap Toothpaste Alternative
You only need a bit of coconut oil to clean your teeth and the cheap jars can last for months, so it’s far cheaper than toothpaste.
You Can Use It To Clean Your Dog’s Teeth
Using commercial toothpastes on your dog’s teeth is not a good idea, but coconut oil can help clean their teeth. Brush your dog’s teeth with a toothbrush and a bit of coconut oil and go slowly to prevent injuries.
Simple To Prepare
Here’s a recipe for a coconut oil toothpaste:
- Coconut oil
- Essential oil of your choice
- Baking soda
- Stevia (Xylitol or Erythritol are good alternatives)
- Bentonite clay
Mix everything in a bowl, then transfer the paste to a plastic container and keep it in your bathroom.
Coconut oil can also be used for oil pulling. This ancient technique involves swishing a bit of the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. The method will destroy all the bacteria in your mouth and reduce the risk of plaque accumulation and other problems, while also removing any food debris. The technique has been used for centuries as people in the past didn’t have access to dentistry for their oral problems.
Even science has shown that oil pulling works. One study showed that it can reduce the count of the Streptococcus Mutans bacteria in children, while also reducing inflammation in your gums and reducing the plaque as well. The mechanical cleaning action of the technique effectively improves your oral health through processes such as emulsification and saponification. Some studies have used sesame instead of coconut oil and the results were similar.
Why You Should Avoid Fluoridated Toothpastes
As you probably already know, fluoride is added to our water supply and toothpastes as well. The chemical is hugely controversial as there have been many studies confirming its harmful effects on various aspects of our health. Toothpaste producers say that the fluoride is added to protect your enamel from being eroded.
However, one study found out that the layer of fluoride on our teeth is only 6 nanometers thick, which makes us wonder how it is supposed to protect our teeth from harm. This thin layer can’t be a real protective layer for the enamel as it’s quickly eliminated via chewing.
On the other hand, toothpastes that contain natural theobromine extract can re-mineralize the dentin on our teeth better. In one study, fluoride from toothpastes was identified as the main reason for dental fluorosis, as children swallow a bit of toothpaste whenever brushing their teeth.
This can get the fluoride deep in the body of a child and put its health in grave danger. Children are especially affected by fluoride overexposure, which is why you need to start using coconut oil as toothpaste.
How To Improve Your Dental Health
A toothpaste containing baking soda, coconut oil, xylitol and essential oils is certainly more effective than a fluoride-containing toothpaste. There’s no reason exposing yourself to fluoride and other chemicals and putting your health in danger when you can switch to a natural toothpaste.
To keep your dental health in check, avoid fluoridated water and toothpastes, reduce your sugar intake and eat a healthy diet rich in fermented and whole foods. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice during the day and floss as well. This will keep your dental hygiene in check and reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Finally, if you’re dealing with bad breath, you can chew on mint, parsley, ginger or cilantro in order to defeat it. Destroy bacteria on the roof of your mouth by putting a slice of cucumber there and eat them more often in order to protect your oral health.