We’ve already covered a lot of the incredible benefits coconut oil has on our health in many of our articles. However, in this article we focus on its benefits on our dental health. There have been many studies which have proven that coconut oil can actually be a great substitute for many toothpaste products, which are filled with chemicals and can actually damage our teeth or have other negative effects on them.
You really need to take care of your teeth, since they affect your overall health in general. There are many problems you can get with bad teeth, like heart issues, stroke, dementia or respiratory disease. So, remember to be careful with them.
Actually, the studies we mentioned above showed how coconut oil is actually more effective than toothpaste when it comes to maintaining your dental health. The Athlone Institute conducted a study, which proved how coconut oil is also better than all other oil for keeping your teeth healthy, as well as clean. This is due to its amazing antibacterial properties, which eliminate the bacteria in the mouth.
The main causers for decomposing teeth in both children and adults are Streptococcus and S Mutans, which are two acid-producing bacteria. They gather energy from sugar, and as a result they destroy our teeth.
Dr. Damien Brady, the main researcher from Athlone Institute claims that:
“Involving coconut oil with adjusted enzymes in the products of dental hygiene represents an interesting alternative to chemical additives, especially because it works at considerably reduced concentrations. Plus, with bigger antibiotic hostility, it is essential for us to pay attention in finding and using some new ways to fight against microbial infection.”
Since toothpastes are filled with chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, artificial sweeteners (like aspartame) and triclosan, they are bad choice for keeping our teeth healthy. We should turn to natural ways of dental cleaning. Some of these chemicals can be pretty dangerous, like triclosan, which is related to endocrine problems.
So, here we will write about natural toothpaste you can make in your home, and its main ingredient is coconut oil. You will need: half a cup of coconut oil, 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda and 15-30 drops of lemon, thieves or peppermint essential oils.
First, take all the ingredients and mix them. Then, apply the toothpaste on your toothbrush and brush your teeth, using it like any other toothpaste product. You should also try oil pulling, which is putting a tbsp of coconut oil in your mouth and swishing it for 5-20 minutes, depending how much you can last (on an empty stomach). When you’re done, spit it all out, and you will spit all harmful bacteria along with the oil.
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Source: Healthy Food House