Coconuts, and the oil they contain, have long been known to provide numerous benefits. Thanks to the antimicrobial properties and other benefits of the oil, it also makes a good toothpaste. Here are some reasons to consider switching to coconut oil for good oral hygiene.
Many conventional toothpastes contain harmful chemicals that can cause a variety of health problems. One common antimicrobial chemical is triclosan, which has been linked to a number of disturbing side effects including prostate, ovarian, breast, and testicular cancer, early puberty in girls, preterm delivery, low birth weight babies, and undescended testicles in boys. The oil from coconuts, on the other hand, is a natural ingredient that is free of harmful chemicals.
Brushing with the oil or massaging it into your gums daily for about 4-5 minutes inhibits the growth of many of the bacteria in your mouth, including Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans). This strain of bacteria is a major source of plaque and tooth decay because it produces acids that break down the enamel on your teeth. As the fatty oil begins to break down in your mouth while you brush, it turns into acids which are believed to be toxic to certain kinds of bacteria. Limiting bacteria growth reduces the build up of plaque and the resulting problems of tooth decay and cavities.
Coconut oil is used in small amounts for proper oral hygiene, which means that a jar will last for a long time. This makes it an inexpensive option as a toothpaste.
No Foaming Agents
Surfactants are chemical foaming agents found in many toothpastes to make them foam in your mouth; they include sodium laurel sulfate, sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). These chemicals can interfere with the way your taste buds work because they break apart the phospholipids found on your tongue, which is why things taste bitter after brushing your teeth. In contrast, oil from coconuts helps maintain the natural balance of phospholipids in your mouth. SLS is also thought to contribute to painful canker sores, so people who suffer from recurring sores should avoid toothpastes with this ingredient.
Safe for Dogs
Oral hygiene is also important for animals, but most toothpastes should not be used to brush your pet’s teeth. However, oil is a safe alternative for dogs as well as humans and can be used to keep your pet’s teeth healthy. Using a toothbrush is best, but letting your pet lick a small amount of oil may provide benefits. Plain oil is the best for brushing your dog’s teeth as some ingredients in natural toothpastes can still be toxic to animals.
Easy to Find
It is simple to make your own toothpaste combining the oil from coconuts with the following ingredients: essential oils, a natural sweetener like xylitol, sea salt, and bentonite clay. Or purchase a natural toothpaste containing coconut oil for an easy and safe option.
Useful for Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is the process of rinsing your mouth by working the oil around for 4-5 minutes, spitting it out after it becomes thin and milky. It helps remove bacteria and debris, and can reduce plaque and improve bad breath and gum health.
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