Coconut Oil for Healthy Teeth and Gums
#coconutoil is a safe, natural, and inexpensive tool to improve your oral health. Coconut oil has #antibacterial and anti-viral activity that makes it especially well suited for oral health. #toothpaste
The antibacterial action of coconut oil was tested in its natural state and after being treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion. The oils were tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria, which are common inhabitants of your mouth. They found that enzyme-modified coconut oil strongly inhibits the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans. It is thought that the breaking down of the fatty coconut oil by the enzymes turns it into acids, which are toxic to certain bacteria.
It’s actually quite simple to make your own coconut oil toothpaste at home. The first recipe that follows, from MindBodyGreen, makes a little more than 1 cup of toothpaste, which should last about 3 months. It can be stored in your fridge for up to 4 months or at room temperature for 7 to 14 days.
Homemade Peppermint and Coconut Oil Toothpaste
- 1/2 cup bentonite clay
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp. stevia (optional)
- 1 to 4 drops peppermint essential oil
- Mix the clay and salt in a bowl. Add the water. Mix well.
- Add the rest of ingredients. Mix well again until it forms a paste.
- Store it in a jar with a lid.
- Every time you go to use it, spoon some onto your toothbrush. Dampen the paste by putting your brush under some gently running water.
- Brush as usual.
- Enjoy, it’s all natural!
*Recipe that follows, from MindBodyGreen, makes a little more than 1 cup of toothpaste, which should last about 3 months. It can be stored in your fridge for up to 4 months or at room temperature for 7 to 14 days.
Found on Dr. Mercola’s Website.