Coconut Oil Prevents Tooth Decay
Looking for a natural, side-effect-free cavity fighter? Then look no further than coconut oil, which possesses antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help eradicate the bacteria that cause tooth decay and cavities.
Researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland showed that coconut oil could destroy stains of Streptococcus bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria are notorious for instigating tooth decay! Dr. Damien Brady and his team tested coconut oil in both its natural and semi-digested state. They added enzymes to coconut oil on order to imitate how the oil would naturally be processed during digestion. While the undigested coconut oil didn’t exhibit an influence, the semi-digested coconut oil suppressed any further proliferation of bacteria in the mouth. The semi-digested coconut oil also wiped out Candida albicans yeast that causes thrush, a particularly troublesome infection of the mouth.
Scientists are optimistic about the implications of this research. Semi-digested coconut oil could be a commercially viable (and much needed) alternative to fluoride, the cavity-fighting agent of choice by the oral health care industry. Fluoride is a toxic chemical additive found in our toothpastes.
The “Anti” Powers of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a natural antibiotic that doesn’t cause antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria to develop, unlike prescription antibiotic drugs. Among a plethora of bacterial infections, coconut oil also treats:
- Throat infections
- Gum disease
Coconut oil is not only antibacterial and antimicrobial, but is also anti-carcinogenic, helping to strengthen the immune system and protect against the spread of cancer cells.
An All-Over Health Tonic
Coconut oil isn’t just a remedy for oral conditions. It boosts heart health, increases energy levels, enhances metabolism, improves digestion, and strengthens your immune system. To enjoy these benefits, trade in your industrial seed oils for coconut oil, one of the only oils that remains stable in high heat and light. Perfect for cooking all sorts of foods!
To help prevent and reverse tooth decay start “oil pulling” with coconut oil. Oil pulling is an age-old healing remedy for the oral complications. Just swish a tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for 10 minutes. The oil “pulls” bacteria from your mouth, so it’s important to spit the oil (along with the bacteria) out after 10 minutes of swishing! To find out more about the benefits of oil pulling, click here.
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