A study carried out to test the biocidal properties of coconut oil against the bacteria responsible for caries, revealed that coconut oil is rather effective. Coconut oil has been tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria, which are commonly found in your mouth. Researchers have found that enzyme-modified coconut oil strongly inhibits the growth of most strains of Streptococcus, including Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium that is the main cause of dental caries. It is believed that the breakdown of coconut oil by enzymes produces acids, which are toxic to certain bacteria.
Prepare your own toothpaste with coconut oil
Coconut oil toothpaste is simple to prepare and only requires a few ingredients:
– Coconut oil
– Baking soda, which acts as an abrasive and promotes bleaching
– Essential oils to flavor your toothpaste and add therapeutic benefits. For example, peppermint essential oil has been shown to be more effective than the chemical mouthwash chlorhexidine in blocking the formation of biofilm linked to dental caries.
You can also use coconut oil as a mouthwash.
The coconut oil mouthwash is “worked” into the mouth, pushed, pulled and passed between teeth for 10 minutes. To start, you can try doing 5-minute sessions. This method allows the oil to rid your mouth of cavity-causing bacteria and other debris. When the oil thins and whitens, it’s time to spit it out.
Coconut oil fights gingivitis and bad breath
Mouthwash with coconut oil has been observed in children to reduce the number of Streptococcus mutans bacteria, which contribute significantly to dental caries, present on dental plaque and in saliva. The researchers concluded that coconut oil mouthwash can be used as an effective preventative supplement for maintaining and improving oral health.
In adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis, coconut oil mouthwash significantly reduced plaque, improved gum condition, and reduced the number of aerobic microorganisms. Mouthwash is also effective in improving breath and reducing the number of microorganisms that cause it.