Coconut oil is very healthy and it is very beneficial and we all know these facts, but the thing that we do not know about coconut oil is that is it also very good for the dental health.
Some study has proven that coconut oil has similar effects as many toothpastes and that it can actually replace them. It is even better because it does not have chemicals like the toothpaste which can lead to many side-effects and irritations.
Dental health is maybe the starting point for the overall health, because we consume our food through the mouth and in case there is an infection in the mouth it can be the reason for many other medical conditions that happen in the body like respiratory disease, heart problems, dementia and stroke. That is why dental health is very important.
Recent researches discovered that coconut oil is the best natural treatment that can improve the dental health and can replace the toothpaste because it is better and more efficient that the toothpaste.
Athlone Institute conducted a study which showed that coconut oil is very efficient in cleaning the teeth and maintaining the dental health at optimal level and no other oil can do this better. These abilities of coconut oil come from the content of antibacterial agent, and it can eliminate all the bacteria in the mouth due to its digestive enzymes.
The main reasons for tooth decay in children and adults are the bacteria in the mouth which produce acid: S Mutans and Streptococcus. The produce acid and make the environment in the mouth more acidic and they do this with the energy taken from sugar. This acidic environment causes the tooth to rot by demineralization of the structure of the tooth.
The leading investigator from Athlone Institute of Technology, Dr. Damien Brady says that chemical additives can actually be replaced by natural products for dental hygiene, which include coconut oil with regulated enzymes, and this is very efficient in very low concentrations. He also stated that we must seek another solution on how to eliminate microbial infection, and to replace the antibiotics because of the many side-effects they have.
Natural treatments for cleaning the teeth are a better solution that all the damaging chemical we use now. Toothpastes are not very healthy and can lead to numerous health problems, because they contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame, fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate ad triclosan.
These chemicals are related to many health issues, like sodium lauryl sulfate can damage nerve endings on the tongue responsible for taste, and triclosan can cause endocrine damage.
So here is a recipe for natural toothpaste free of chemicals:
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 15-30 drops of peppermint, thieves or lemon essential oil
- 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
Blending the ingredients together and brush your teeth with it like you do with any other paste.
Another thing you can do to protect and maintain dental health is by oil pulling. Take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and hold it in your mouth with swishing it around for about 5-20 minutes. Do this on an empty stomach?
The coconut oil will soak up all the bacteria and your teeth will be white, healthy and clean.