We can say that, nowadays, problems with oral hygiene are very frequent among the population in the world. It is very important for all of us to maintain proper oral hygiene if we want to prevent yellowish teeth and also bad breath. But also, it is very important to maintain our mouth as clean as possible, if we want to prevent the occurrence of cavities, sores or tartar.
But, unfortunately, there are some cases when our toothpaste and mouthwash can help. So when this happen, we can always use some of the many natural medicines. In 2012 it was made a study by Athlone Institute of Technology, and it was confirmed, that enzyme-modified coconut oil has the power to suppress harmful bacteria. Also in this study was confirmed that coconut oil can be very beneficial in removing Candida Albicans, Strep mutans, Streptococcus and many other causers of oral health problems.
One of the leaders in this research, Dr. Damien Brady, claimed that including enzyme modified coconut oil to dental products is very good alternative for chemical additives. Even, the study hasn’t yet reached a conclusive level so that it could be included into health products; people use regular coconut oil as a mouthwash. Although unaltered oil might not be as effective as the enzyme-modified one, it’s still very beneficial, without any side effects.
Using coconut oils for oral health is practice named oil pulling. This means, swishing a tbsp of oil in the mouth cavity for 10 to 20 minutes. The main purpose is to ‘pull’ as many bacteria as possible from our mouth into the oil .Namely this process originates from millennia-old ayurvedic medicine.
This explanation is much better than that:
The ‘skin’ of mouth-residing bacteria cells is made of fat, and as such, these are drawn to the fat within the oil. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, which is excellent at shutting down harmful bacteria.
If you decide to try this oil pulling method, you might fail several times until you adjust the amount of oil in the mouth so it can have an actual effect. It is important, to spit the oil in the trash, not the sink. Also, rinse the mouth thoroughly after the oil pulling to prevent any leftover bacteria from moving into your system when you swallow. Also you should remember that this method is in no way a replacement for regular tooth-brushing.
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