Recent research done at the Institute of Technology looked at the effects of several natural oils on common oral bacteria. And to everyone’s surprise, the winner was coconut oil.
This new data builds on early work that showed that coconut milk helps reduce the ability of streptococci to adhere to tooth enamel.
Scientists have found that when the oil is treated with digestive enzymes, it effectively inhibits the growth of most of the bacteria found in the mouth.
“The inclusion of enzyme-modified coconut oil in dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations. In addition, with the increase in antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to fight microbial infection,” said lead researcher Dr. Damien Brady, from the Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland.
Not only does their research mean a lot for our oral health, they are also looking for the effectiveness of overcooked foods like coconut oil on our overall gut health.
“Our data suggest that human digestive products show antimicrobial activity. This could have implications for how bacteria colonize the cells that line the gastrointestinal tract, as well as overall gut health,” Dr. Brady said.
How to Use Coconut Oil to Improve Your Oral Hygiene
Have you ever thought about using a spoonful of coconut oil to brush your teeth and improve your overall oral health? Then now might be the time. It does not contain fluoride and is much more effective than regular toothpastes or mouthwashes.
Smear a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Do not swallow oil. Then spit it out and rinse your teeth with water.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda
- 15-30 drops of peppermint essential oil
Melt coconut oil and mix with other ingredients. Pour into a glass jar and let cool. Use like regular toothpaste.