Yes- you read it right- coconut oil is the new black when it comes to dental care!
Even though it was primarily used as a healthy alternative to commercial toothpaste, this oil has been found to be extremely effective as it can even heal cavities!
Various infections in the oral cavity lead to health issues like heart diseases, stroke, respiratory issues, and dementia. Therefore, it is of high importance to take proper care of your dental health and thus avoid such complications.
A recent study done at the Athlone Institute analyzed the effects of different oils on oral health and found that coconut oil is undoubtedly the best, as its powerful natural antibacterial properties inhibit bacterial growth in the mouth.
Tooth decay is caused by streptococcus and S. Mutans, which feed on sugar and reduce the pH value in the mouth, causing acidity which demineralizes teeth.
According to Dr. Damien Brady, the lead researcher at 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.”