The Athlone Institute of Technology – Ireland has carried out a recent research on the effect of specific natural oils on the bacteria found in the mouth. As espected, the coconut oil came out as the winner who takes it all!
These new findings have come as a follow-up study of an earlier work. This earlier work has shown that digested milk made it harder for Streptococcus mutans to stick to tooth enamel.
The toothpaste of the future: Enzyme-modified Coconut Oil
These scientists have found that when the oil is treated with digestive enzymes, it effectively inhibits the growth of the bulk of bacteria living in our mouth (S. mutans included).
What is Streptococcus mutans?
It is an acid-producing bacterium which plays a major role in tooth decay. It has been found to affect up to 60-90 % of youngsters as well as the majority of adults living in highly-industrialized countries.
We have written a lot about the health benefits of the coconut oil, so its ‘fighting properties’ are nothing new.
Further research, presented at the fall meeting of the Society for General Microbiology at the University of Warwick, has suggested that the enzyme-treated coconut oil may be a potential killer to the yeast infection caused by the Candida albicans, which causes thrush.
This is the statement of the lead researcher Dr. Damien Brady from the Athlone Institute of Technology:
“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.”
Dr. Brady added: “Our data suggests that products of human digestion show antimicrobial activity. This could have implications for how bacteria colonize the cells (which are lining the digestive tract) and for overall gut health.”
So, it is clear that not only will their research mean a lot to our oral health in the future, but also their insights into the effects of digested products, such as the coconut oil, on our overall gut health are extremely important!
This is how you can use the coconut oil for your better oral health
How often have you thought of using a spoonful of organic coconut oil to clean your yellow teeth and thus improve overall oral health? If you do not think of it frequently, then it’s high time you did it!
This tasteful and aromatic oil does not contain the harmful fluoride and is so much more effective at doing the cleaning and disinfecting job than regular expensive toothpastes and mouth washes.
What is coconut oil pulling
The ancient practice of oil pulling can whiten teeth and improve gum and oral health by flushing out bacteria, plaque, and infection from the mouth. Coconut oil pulling is one of the safest natural ways to reduce these harmful organisms in your mouth and boost your oral health. You can use either extra virgin coconut oil or other oil for fresh breath (such as the sesame or sunflower oil).
How to do it:
- Swish a spoonful of extra virgin coconut oil around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes.
- Be careful not to swallow the oil after the swishing as it has scooped all the nasty bugs from the mouth.
- Spit the oil out in the bin and rinse your teeth with clean water.
Caution: Do not spit the oil used in the sink as it may clog your pipes and the entire plumbing system!
If you don’t want to wait to see this toothpaste of the future in the markets, you can make your own very efficient coconut-based toothpaste at home. Here is the recipe:
Coconut Oil Tooth Paste Recipe
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda
- 15-30 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Melt the coconut oil and blend it with other ingredients.
- Pour the paste into a glass jar and let cool.
- Use this natural toothpaste as you would use any other store-bought tooth paste.