Coconut oil might just be the most versatile health food on the planet with uses ranging from cooking oil, to natural medicine, to beauty treatments. Now, we’re going to introduce a new benefit for the wonder oil – dental health.
Research has shown that coconut oil can be a perfect substitute for over-the-counter toothpaste, most of which contain chemicals, and might cause irritations and other adverse effects.
A recent study conducted at the Athlone Institute concluded that coconut oil is superior to all other oils when it comes to keeping teeth clean and healthy. This oil is an excellent antibacterial agent, as its digestive enzymes prevent bacteria growth in the mouth.
According to Dr. Damien Brady, the main researcher from Athlone Institute of Technology,
“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.”
Toothpastes are rich in triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which might cause various health issues. Brady suggests that avoiding these chemicals in favor of natural alternatives will promote better dental health.
Ready to give this a whirl? Try this all NATURAL coconut oil toothpaste recipe:
½ cup coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons baking soda
15-30 drops of lemon, thieves, or peppermint essential oil
Mix all the ingredients, and use the paste as any other.
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