Dental health is crucial to one’s overall well-being. Some infections of the mouth can cause other problems in the body. Heart attack, stroke, dementia, and respiratory problems have all been linked to poor dental health. (Emaxhealth) To help keep the body healthy, regular visits to the dentist is recommended. What about between visits? What is the best way to keep your mouth well?
Coconut oil toothpaste might be the next level in dental health. Due to sensitivity, over the counter toothpaste and rinses are just too irritating. Many will be happy that a coconut oil alternative is being studied.
Coconut oil has been all the craze lately and for good reason; it is amazing. It has great antibacterial properties that hold significant benefits to the mouth. In a recent study from the Athlone Institute of Technology on another oil and their benefits toward mouth health, coconut oil was shown to be the best. Coconut oil, when treated with digestive enzymes, does an excellent job at stopping bacterial growth in the mouth. This includes bacteria with the S Mutation.
The S Mutans or Streptococcus mutants are acid-producing bacteria. They contribute to tooth decay for both adults and children. These bacteria get their energy from sugar and in return produce an acidic mouth environment. This acidic environment then demineralizes the tooth structure which leads to tooth decay. (Microbewiki)
Dr. Damien Brady, the lead researcher from Athlone Begin of Technology, stated, “Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it acts at relatively low concentrations. Also, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection.” (Iowa)
Using a more general solution for toothpaste is a great choice for anyone trying to avoid harmful chemicals. Many kinds of toothpaste contain triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, and artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Each one of these chemicals can cause health problems. Triclosan has been linked to an endocrine disruption that can cause several different cancers. Also, sodium lauryl sulfate, which creates the foaming action in toothpaste, has been shown to affect the taste buds which increases the bitter taste. (Mercola)
Another simple practice with coconut oil is oil pulling. You totally wish 1 tablespoon coconut oil in the mouth for 5-20 minutes on an empty stomach. Once finished, spit out the coconut oil. It is believed to help remove poisons and bacteria. This practice also raises dental health.
Ready to try coconut oil as toothpaste?
This pure recipe will get you started!
Natural Toothpaste Formula
½ cup coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons cooking soda
15-30 drops of peppermint, lemon, or thieves essential oil
Mix together and use like any market bought toothpaste.