Bacteria which live in the plaque destroy the surface of the teeth and this condition is known as tooth decay. This sticky substance or plague is formed on the teeth but you can prevent cavities with natural remedies. Research was conducted by Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland which has proven that bacteria which cause tooth decay can be defeated by coconut oil that will improve the oral health.
HOW DOES COCONUT OIL PREVENT CAVITIES NATURALLY?
Coconut oil is great against candida albicans, a type of yeast which causes dental diseases. This yeast appears due to processed food and sugar. Candida can cause digestive problems as well. The researchers observed the impact that natural and digested coconut oil has on the bacteria in the mouth especially on S.mutans which are one of the main culprits for tooth decay. They also concluded that enzyme modified coconut oil could replace the chemical additives in most of dental care products.
Dr. Damien Brady, the leading researcher said” Dental bacteria is a commonly overlooked health problem affecting 60-90% of children and the majority of adults in industrialized countries. Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an 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 infections”
Coconut oil also helps the body to absorb the calcium which is beneficial for the teeth.
It also whitens the teeth and is great for your gums due to the fact that coconut oil absorbs the heavy metals.
What you can do to prevent cavities naturally using coconut oil
Take a spoon of coconut oil and apply it inside the mouth for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse the mouth and brush the teeth. If you do this several times in a week you will get whiter teeth. This procedure is known as oil pulling.
It is scientifically proven that oil pulling reduces the problematic Streptococcus mutans bacteria. Global Healing Center states:
“Another study published in the Africa Journal of Microbiology Research, conducted in 2008 found a “remarkable reduction in the total count of bacteria” in the mouth, and an overall marked reduction in susceptibility dental cavities. The antibacterial activity of sesame oil was also studied and found to have an effect on the Streptococcus mutans in the mouth. In fact, these studies showed an overall reduction of bacteria from 10 to 33.4 percent in participants and after 40 days of oil-pulling participants were found to show 20 percent in average reduction in oral bacteria”
To conclude, many studies have proven that with consuming coconut oil cavities can be prevented and it is a healthy and natural treatment without negative side effects.