Coconut Oil & How It Can Care for Your Teeth
Many of us will think of coconut oil as a useful good fat, and especially in baking, while others are starting to learn about the numerous health benefits when consumed. But you might not be aware that coconut oil can be a wonderful tool in caring for our teeth and gums.
Time to think again!Coconut oil can actually take the place of two dental care staples – commercial toothpaste and mouthwash. And this is primarily because it has now been proven that coconut oil can eliminate the majority of the harmful bacteria found in the mouth including the one known as S.mutans. This is an acid producing bacteria that is largely responsible for tooth decay and affecting a large percentage of both children and adults.
Coconut oil and oil pullingAs well as killing that harmful bacteria, "oil pulling" with coconut oil can improve your dental health, whiten your teeth and reduce or even eliminate bad breath. Oil pulling may also improve a number of health conditions ranging from eczema to arthritis through its effect on oral bacteria. It may even work its magic on thrush (Candida) when it occurs in the mouth. Current research at the Society for General Microbiology at the University of Warwick, UK, is looking into the possibility of enzyme-treated coconut oil being used to eliminate Candida albicans which causes thrush. They want to incorporate enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental products as an alternative to the regular chemical ingredients. But that is for the future.
Back to oil pulling…If you can imagine a car engine and how oil lubricates and cleans the engine for so many miles before being changed and fresh oil put in, then in the same way oil pulling works in our mouths. The oil in the car engine picks up dirt and grime so that when you drain the oil, it pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively clean so that the engine runs smoother and lasts longer. In a similar and simple process, oil pulling means that you rinse your mouth out with coconut oil and if done correctly, this can have a very powerful cleansing and healing effect by detoxifying or cleansing the body. It can help those with asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, diabetes, migraine headaches, arthritis, PMS, chronic skin problems - as well as dental problems in the mouth. The first thing that most people notice when they start oil pulling is an improvement in their oral health:
- Teeth become whiter.
- Breath becomes fresher.
- The tongue and gums take on a healthy pink color.
- Even problems such as bleeding gums, tooth decay and gum disease are greatly diminished or completely healed.
How to make your own coconut oil toothpasteYou will need:
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2 to 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 15 to 30 drops of peppermint essential oil