Coconut Oil Is Better Than Any Toothpaste According To A Study

Everyone wants to look after their teeth and, for those who are health-savvy, this becomes part of a holistic health strategy, along with being receptive to new ideas and techniques. Regular brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist are, of course, advisable. What the dentist probably won't say though, is a surprising new use for coconut oil that's come to light from a study into dental health and it's proving to be very positive.

Research into coconut oil

Scientists in Ireland have analysed the use of coconut oil in the fight against the bacteria Streptococcus mutans which invades the mouth, sticks to the teeth, produces acid and causes decay. This bacteria thrives on sugar and, when allowed to build up, creates an acidic state in the mouth which is exceptionally bad for teeth. The anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil are a very effective way to kill this bacteria and others, like oral yeast infections, before they can do damage. Coconut oil in small quantities is an effective chemical-free way to look after oral hygiene.

A healthier alternative to toothpaste

For those in search of a greener and healthier lifestyle, finding an alternative to toothpaste with its chemical ingredients is an attractive prospect. One example of a chemical compound commonly found in toothpaste is triclosan. Animal studies have proved that triclosan changes the regulation of hormones and other studies have shown it's possible that triclosan could be contributing to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Most worryingly of all, triclosan has been associated with disruptions in the endocrine system, which could lead to cancer. Another potentially harmful element in common toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulfate. It's commonly used in products for personal care and causes the foaming effect we see in using toothpaste. It's been identified, however, as being of 'moderate risk', potentially linked to cancers, organ toxicity, neurotoxicity, irritations of the skin and endocrine disruption. On top of this, it can irritate those taste buds which detect the bitter taste in food and drink. CONTINUE ON THE NEXT PAGE...

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