I originally wrote about coconut oil when I noticed that oil pulling was brightening my friends teeth. Astounded by the fast results, it was clear that this natural coconut oil was making a huge difference in a very short amount of time. Tooth decay (aka cavities) are the result of plaque. Within plaque lives bacteria. Bacteria breaks down your teeth day by day creating more and more dental issues. The Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland has conducted research which has proven that coconut oil can destroy the bacteria that causes tooth decay and improve your dental health.
SO how does coconut oil inhibit bacteria?
It does so by stopping yeast production. This over production in the body is known as candida. Candida is the over grown of bad yeast which forms due to excess sugars and processed carbs. Candida has also been know to cause a number of digestive issues.
The scientists looked closer at the effects of natural and digested coconut oil on common strains of bacteria within the mouth, including S. mutans, a major culprit associated with tooth decay. In their report, the researchers state that enzyme-modified coconut oil could be ‘an effective alternative to chemical additives’ in most dental health care products.
The leading researcher, Dr Damien Brady, said, “Dental bacteria is a commonly overlooked health problem affecting 60-90% of children and the majority of adults in industrialized countries. 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 (coconut oil source)”
Fitness Tip: Coconut oil also helps the body absorb calcium. This leads to stronger bones and teeth!
If you already know that you have weak enamel, or you hate going to the dentist, you might want to start adding coconut oil into your routine. Doing oil pulling several times a week could keep the dentist away and the cavities at bay!
Not sure how to oil pull?? Read our previous article and get informed! Click here to read about oil pulling.
If you’d like to incorporate coconut oil for your children to protect their teeth as well, you can always teach them the oil pulling trick OR you can start adding coconut oil into their diets. This anti bacterial oil will help to strengthen the whole families immune systems as well!
This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. Statements made here have not been evaluated by the FDA. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding in supplements or making any changes in your diet.