Athlone Institute of Technology conducted a study that focused on the effects of several natural oils on common bacteria found in our mouth. Coconut oil came out as the number one solution for this bacteria, which is no surprise at all.
This study is actually a follow up of an earlier work which has discovered that digested milk made it harder for Streptococcus mutans to stick to tooth enamel.
Enzyme-modified Coconut Oil, The Toothpaste of The Future
According to the researchers, the consumption of coconut oil inhibits the growth of the majority of bad bacteria found in our mouth, effectively. It also has the ability to inhibit the growth of S.mutants.
If you didn’t know, S. mutants is in fact a bacteria that produces acid which is the biggest reason for tooth decay. According to the statistics, it affects 60-90% of children and the majority of adults in industrialized countries.
We all know the coconut’s oil healing properties, but nevertheless, many different studies that were presented at the Autumn meeting of the Society for General Microbiology at the University of Warwick, claimed that enzyme-treated coconut oil has the ability to kill the yeast Candida albicans, which causes thrush.
Dr Damien Brady, from the Athlone Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland, and the lead researcher said: “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.”
This researcher will help us a lot when it comes to our oral health, but the scientists are also looking into the effects of digested products, such as coconut oil, on our overall gut health.
“Our data suggests that products of human digestion show antimicrobial activity. This could have implications for how bacteria colonise the cells lining the digestive tract and for overall gut health,” said Dr Brady.
How To Use Coconut Oil For better Oral Health
It is time for you to consider cleaning your teeth by using a spoonful of coconut oil. The reason why you should eliminate toothpaste and use coconut oil is because it is much more effective and it doesn’t contain fluoride.
All you have to do is to switch a spoonful of extra virgin coconut oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. Do not swallow the oil since it contains all the nasty mouth bugs. In the end, spit it out in the bin and rinse teeth with water.
Coconut Oil Toothpaste Recipe
Here’s an all-natural toothpaste you can make at home.
- 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 15-30 drops of peppermint essential oil
First of all, melt the coconut oil, add the rest of the ingredients and blend them well. Once mixed, pour it in a glass jar and allow it to cool. Use as you would use normal tooth paste.