After decades of believing that coconut oil causes clogged arteries, mainstream science has recently conducted studies showing that coconut oil not only appears to be good for the heart, but also has a number of other health benefits like your teeth.
Coconut oil helps to remove bacteria that cause cavities
It turns out that coconut oil is capable of fighting cavities-causing bacteria, according to scientists, who recently presented their work at the University of Warwick in England.
Furthermore, the characteristics of coconut oil appear to have a broad impact against many pathogens, making it an important and natural weapon in the fight against infections that have grown increasingly resistant to antibiotics.
Coconut oil against streptococcus
Researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland tested the antibacterial action of coconut oil by treating it with enzymes in a process similar to digestion, to see how the oil would react when consumed.
They found that coconut oil, when ingested, should be able to stop the growth of most strains of strep bacteria, including streptococcus mutans. This type of bacteria is the main cause of cavities since it produces acid that damages the teeth.
Coconut oil against Candida albicans
Additionally, the research team found that enzyme-modified coconut oil was also active against Candida albicans which can cause yeast infections and other health problems.
Now, scientists are working to find out how coconut oil interacts with strep bacteria on a molecular level, and what other types of bacteria and yeast it can kill.
“Tooth decay is a commonly overlooked health problem, affecting between 60-90 percent of children and most adults in industrialized countries,” said Dr. Damien Brady, who is leading the research, in a Press release.
“Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly how it works in relatively low concentrations.
Also, with the increasing resistance to antibiotics, it is important that we pay attention to new ways to combat microbial infection”.
How to make a homemade coconut oil toothpaste
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 10 drops of peppermint oil (optional)
You can make a larger or smaller batch depending on how long you want it to last and in what size container you are going to store it.
- Combine the baking soda and coconut oil in a small bowl, until a smooth paste form.
- Add several drops of peppermint oil and mix (peppermint is optional)