Coconut Oil Is Better Than Any Toothpaste
Coconut oil attacks the bacteria behind tooth decay and could be used in dental care products, according to research.
Scientists found that coconut oil which had been treated with enzymes stopped the growth of Streptococcus bacteria – a major cause of tooth decay.
The research team from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland tested the impact of coconut oil, vegetable oil and olive oil in their natural states and when treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion.
The oils were then tested against Streptococcus bacteria which are common inhabitants of the mouth.
Only the coconut oil showed an ability to inhibit the growth of most strains of the bacteria.
It also attacked Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium which is a major cause of tooth decay.
Coconut oil toothpaste might be the next step in dental health.
This is interesting because the Pacific Islanders never brushed their teeth, never flossed, never used antibacterial mouthwash and never saw dentist, yet they had exquisite dental health, that is, as long as they continued to eat their traditional, coconut-based diet. The islanders good dental health was a reflection of the absence of heart disease and other degenerative conditions.
Most commercial toothpastes are contaminated with fluoride, sulfates and chemicals that are harmful to the body. Even natural ones often contain glycerin, which can prevent remineralization.
“The use of certain toothpastes (especially those with fluoride) could create harmful effects and even promote cavities. Glycerin is added to toothpaste to give it its “pasty” consistency. Supposedly, glycerin requires 27 rinses to remove from the teeth. And this could create a barrier on the teeth that would prevent teeth from getting harder and stronger.”
Ramiel Nagel, Cure Tooth Decay
Coconut oil is more effective at the job that toothpaste and mouthwash were intended for and it doesn’t contain the fluoride which is poison to our body, even if we use it in small quantities.
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For those reasons, I use a homemade toothpaste with only 3 ingredients:
which naturally contains antibacterial/antimicrobial properties due to its high lauric acid content. Research suggests that coconut oil may be a valuable tool for fighting tooth decay.
which neutralizes acid-loving bacteria in your mouth, responsible for causing cavities. Baking soda also helps to whiten teeth, remove plaque, and maintains healthy gums.
commonly peppermint, cinnamon or citrus essential oils, all have antibacterial properties of their own.
NATURAL TOOTHPASTE RECIPE
Mix together. Pour into a glass jar. Use as you would use normal toothpaste.
If you’d prefer to buy something ready-made, Earthpaste’s ingredients are all natural and from the Earth.
Another common practice with coconut oil is oil pulling.
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