Surely you’ve herd of the countless health benefits of coconut oil. It’s not only good for your skin, but it does wonders for your teeth as well. If you’re looking for a way to improve your dental health, then your best choice would be the coconut oil toothpaste. Coconut oil has powerful antibacterial properties, which means it will prevent bacteria growth in your mouth and improve the health of the oral cavity.
Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil in dental hygiene products is a great alternative to chemical additives, according to the lead researcher from Athlone Institute of Technology, Dr. Damien Brady. Thus, the following oil toothpaste would be a great way to avoid the harmful side-effects of the commercial products and get great results from a safe, natural alternative.
- 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 15-30 drops of essential oil, lemon, or peppermint
Mix the ingredients well in a suitable container and use it as any store bought toothpaste. You can also try oil pulling, a method that take a while to turn it into habit, but drastically improves dental health.
Oil pulling is simply swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth for a few minutes. You need to do it in the morning, on an empty stomach, as soon as you get up. Start by swishing 5 minutes every morning before breakfast. 20 minutes is what you’re opting for, but it will take some time to adjust to this kind of method so it’s best to start slow and increase the time you spent oil pulling gradually. You can always slow down if your jaw starts aching and remember not to work too hard. Gentle but thorough swishing is all that’s required. When done, spit it out and make sure you don’t swallow the content. All the toxins and the bacteria in your mouth will be removed this way.