Recent research done at the Athlone Institute of Technology studied the effects of numerous natural oils on common bacteria found in the mouth. And to no one’s surprise coconut oil came out as the big winner. These new findings were a follow up study of earlier work that revealed digested milk made it harder for Streptococcus mutans to adhere to tooth enamel.
Enzyme-modified Coconut Oil, The Toothpaste Of The Future
Scientists discovered that when the coconut oil was treated with digestive enzymes (just as it would when ingested) it successfully prevents the growth of the majority of bad bacteria found in our mouth, S. mutans included. S. mutans is an acid-producing bacteria that plays a significant function in dental caries, affecting 60 to 90 percent of children and most of adults in industrialized countries.
While coconut oil’s bacteria fighting properties is absolutely nothing new, further studies presented at the Autumn meeting of the Society for General Microbiology at the University of Warwick, suggested that enzyme-treated coconut oil might be a potential killer to the yeast Candida albicans, which causes thrush.
“Including enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical ingredients, particularly as it operates at fairly low concentrations. Likewise, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is essential that we turn our attention on new ways to fight microbial infection,” said lead researcher Dr Damien Brady, from the Athlone Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland.
Not only just will their research mean a lot to our oral health, they are likewise checking the effects of digested products, such as coconut oil, on our general gut health. “Our information suggests that items of human digestion show antimicrobial activity. This might have implications for how bacteria colonise the cells lining the digestive tract and for overall gut health,” stated Dr Brady.
How To Use Coconut Oil For Better Oral Health
Have you ever considered using a spoonful of coconut oil to clean your teeth and improve overall oral health? Then now might be the time. It does not contain fluoride and is a lot more effective at doing the job than regular tooth paste or mouth wash.
Swish a spoonful of extra virgin coconut oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Make certain to not swallow the oil as it contains all the nasty mouth bugs. Spit it out in the bin and rinse teeth with water.
Coconut Oil Toothpaste Recipe
Here’s an all-natural tooth paste you can make in your home.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
- 15-30 drops of peppermint essential oil
Melt coconut oil and mix with other ingredients. Pour into a glass container and let cool. Use as you would use any toothpaste.