At Homer Dental Centre, our Vancouver Dentist looks for natural ways to improve oral health. The topic that we like to talk about it this time is Coconut oil.
Coconut oil is a body-friendly foodstuff that is heart-healthy, great for oral health, and other health benefits. See the list below on why coconut oil is a huge benefit for oral health!
Lauric Acid Can Kill Harmful Mouth Bacteria
One study tested 30 different fatty acids and compared their ability to fight bacteria. Of all the fatty acids, lauric acid was the most effective. Lauric acid attacks harmful bacteria in the mouth that can cause bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.It is particularly effective at killing an oral bacteria called Streptococcus mutans, which is a leading cause of tooth decay.
It Can Reduce Plaque and Fight Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, involves inflammation of the gums.The main cause of gum disease is the buildup of dental plaque due to harmful bacteria in the mouth.Current research shows that coconut oil can decrease plaque buildup on your teeth and fight gum disease.
It Can Prevent Tooth Decay and Loss
Coconut oil attacks Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus, which are the two groups of bacteria primarily responsible for tooth decay.Several studies suggest that coconut oil can reduce these bacteria as effectively as chlorhexidine, which is the active ingredient used in many mouth rinses. For these reasons, coconut oil can help prevent tooth decay and loss.
The fatty acids in the oil attract and trap bacteria so each time you oil pull, you are removing harmful bacteria and plaque from your mouth.
For more information please contact us at our Yaletown office, Homer Dental Centre . We would love to answer all your questions. www.homerdental.com