Coconut oil has been getting a lot of attention lately, and for a good reason. Most of us are aware by now of the amazing health benefits of coconut oil, such as Improving Skin Issues, beneficial in losing weight and the list goes on. but few realize just how great it can be for oral health too.
Recent studies have shown that coconut oil is great at fighting plaque and bacteria. it is believed that, as the fatty oils in the coconut are broken down, they are turned into enzymes and these are toxic to certain types of plaque causing bacteria.
According to research performed by Irish scientists from the Athlone Institute of Technology who tested the effects of coconut oil on dental health, coconut oil was shown to prevent Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium that is a common inhabitant of the mouth and a major cause of tooth decay, from binding to and damaging tooth enamel.
50% of the fat in coconut oil is comprised of the bacteria whooping ingredient lauric acid. Lauric acid is very well known for its antimicrobial actions; it inhibits Strep mutans that are the primary bacteria that cause tooth decay. With that in mind, it should be no surprise that recent studies have shown the benefit of coconut oil in the prevention of tooth decay.
Not only tis coconut oil effective when it comes to battling the bacteria that causes cavities and tooth decay. There is now evidence that show that oil pulling coconut oil into your gums for just ten minutes every day can dramatically lower the amount of bacteria present in the mouth.
In addition, mixing coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint essential oil to make you own toothpaste, this will instantly whiten and brighten your smile. In addition, you will avoid harmful chemicals, including fluoride found in whitening toothpastes. This home remedy will also prevent tooth decay and reduce the look of stains.
Even though there is no scientific evidence to prove it, oil pulling can help with acne and sore throats and even heart disease, because good oral health practices can benefit the body in other ways, so it certainly may be beneficial as part of a good oral health routine.
How To Oil Pull?
Oil pulling is an oral hygiene component of Ayurveda, “a holistic system of medicine which evolved in India 3000-5000 years ago,” You swish you switch around two table spoons of oil around your mouth and through the gaps in your teeth. Make sure not to swallow or inhale any during the swishing process, as it is loaded with the bacteria you are trying to rid your mouth of. After 15-20 minutes spits it out and rinses well.
It’s recommended to do this 1-4 times daily depending upon their health history and dental health challenges. Someone who has a root canal or multiple root canals, I will strongly encourage to oil pull 3-4x daily. Someone without much dental challenges may do great with one oil pull session per day.
It is also important to use oil pulling as part of a comprehensive oral health regimen and no
t to use it as a replacement for normal oral hygiene and teeth brushing, so keep up with brushing and flossing. While coconut oil will likely help your teeth get stronger, it cannot magically heal existing cavities. You will still need to get these treated and filled. Otherwise, you run the risk of decay turning into infection or periodontal disease. If left to deteriorate, both of these conditions can result in the need for an extensive root canal. This is a routine procedure, but you do want to avoid it is possible.