Teeth are critical to good health and an enjoyable life. If you have ever had dental issues you know that happiness is hard to find ad-mist a toothache or root canal. Fun is never had during a wisdom tooth extraction and gingivitis is an undesirable condition for pretty much everyone, worldwide. With the high cost of dental care for so many around the world, luckily there is a natural approach to dental hygiene that is inexpensive and practical for anyone to try at home. Did you know that the simple use of coconut oil could save your teeth and improve your dental care?
For one thing, coconut oil is a great antibacterial, antifungal agent. It helps prevent tooth decay and protects the enamel on the teeth when massaged over freshly brushed teeth and gums morning and night. The silky sensation of coconut oil can be a life-saver when it comes to sores in the mouth, recessing gums and toothaches. There is also a technique becoming popular on-line today called oil-pulling which is easy to do and utilizes coconut oil in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Oil pulling is a thousand year old technique used in India and Ayurvedic medicine in order to keep healthy teeth and gums. It basically entails using oil as a mouthwash, though keeping it in there for up to 15 minutes, swishing and repeating. Traditionally, sesame or sunflower oils have been used, however, coconut oil is a fabulous alternative for this procedure and it tastes much better (in my opinion) and has so many other benefits.
How does it work? Well, bacteria, which are stuck to teeth and gums, get pulled into the oil, literally. Because of the antibacterial properties of coconut oil, pulling with this kind of product is like working the technique double time. Streptococcus Mutans is one nasty bacteria found often in the mouth. Oil pulling with coconut oil will help rid your mouth of this harmful bacteria known to cause gingivitis, plaque and tooth decay.
A study was published in 2008 where twenty boys used the oil pulling method for two weeks and reduced the quantity of Streptococcus Mutans significantly. It has also been shown to reduce bad breath and is great for the health of the gums.
To do it, put about a tablespoon of unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil in your mouth (preferably before a shower) and start swishing. Keep it in there for abut 15 minutes – which is why a shower works so great for this. After the fifteen minutes are up, spit out the oil and brush your teeth as usual – preferably with a natural, chemical-free toothpaste. Enjoy the amazing feel in your mouth all day!
Keep a journal as you oil pull each day, you should notice a healthy shift in your mouth after a week or so. Get inexpensive, amazing dental care with the simple oil of the coconut. It tastes good and is incredibly effective! Make it a habit and watch your dental problems fall away – not your teeth!
Written by: Stasia Bliss