As you may already know coconut oil is one of the most beneficial things you can have in your home. It can help with almost any issue.
Coconut oil has recently made it’s way to the dental world, and is benefiting our teeth as well. To begin with, it was being used as a toothpaste alternative, but we are now finding out that it can heal cavities! Coconut oil is the perfect alternative to toothpaste considering it is not loaded down with harmful chemicals and heals those painful cavities.
Did you know that infections in the oral cavity have been known to trigger the development of things like dementia, stroke, and heart disease? Using coconut oil in orally is one of the best ways to use it. A study done at the Athlone Institute examined the roles of different oils in oral health. These researchers found that coconut oil was the best. This is because the natural antibacterial properties inhibit bacterial growth in the mouth.
Dr. Damien Brady lead researcher on this study says that:
“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.”
After learning about coconut oil I will never use commercial toothpaste again. Natural is always better when it comes to our health. If you want to make your own toothpaste rather than using straight coconut oil follow the recipe below.
- 6 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 cup of coconut oil
- 30 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Mix all of these ingredients together.
- Use it twice a day as you would your normal toothpaste.
I also highly suggest oil pulling. Simply swish coconut oil in your mouth for about fifteen minutes before you eat. Once this has been done spit the oil out and go about your day. Your teeth will be much healthier and you will still be getting rid of bad breath as well. Enjoy!