3 Reasons To Use Coconut Oil For Oral Health

There are a variety of benefits to be had from consuming coconut oil, but what about coconut oil for oral health? Investing in your teeth and oral health is certainly worth the time and effort. Showing those pearly whites can benefit your health, your job and your social life. The good news is you do not have to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on toothpaste, mouthwash and whitening strips. Take a look at three reasons why you should use coconut oil for oral health.

1) Combat Tooth Decay

​The proper oral health care routine is important to keep plaque, cavities and tooth decay under control.  While brushing and flossing regularly are important for removing decay-causing plaque, recent studies indicate that incorporating coconut oil in your oral health care can attack bacteria that causes tooth decay. Research has shown that coconut oil is a natural antibiotic that “inhibits the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria including Streptococcus mutans – an acid-producing bacterium that is a major cause of tooth decay”.

2) Decrease Consumption of Fluoride

​The topic of fluoride as a chemical additive in water, toothpaste and mouthwash is a highly debated public issue. Many believe fluoride is important for developing strong teeth and preventing cavities.  However, a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Associationconfirmed fluoride as a toxic substance that actually destroys teeth, particularly those of developing young children and babies”. Research has also revealed that excessive exposure to fluoride impacts the thryroid gland suppressing or reducing thryroid function.

On the other hand, studies have shown that coconut oil can not only help combat cavities, but it can actually help improve low thryroid function by boosting metabolism and energy. Sounds like a win, win to us!

3) Improve Bad Breath

Nobody wants to have bad breath.  Rather than swishing away the bad breath with mouthwash (which could be loaded with fluoride) why not swish away with a little coconut oil? Oil pulling is an age old practice that involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for about 15 minutes and then spitting it out in the trash. Studies show that oil pulling can treat halitosis and clear out bacteria in your mouth. Some people even see additional benefits of this ancient practice, such as whiter teeth and clearer sinuses.

​DIY Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Now that you are all geared up to add coconut oil to your or oral health routine we have an excellent DIY toothpaste recipe that is easy to make and works great.

1 tablespoon baking soda
2 tablespoons SoloCoco Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon ground sea salt
20 drops peppermint oil

Mix all ingredients until it becomes a paste.