Oral issues are very frequent nowadays. Thus, it is highly important to maintain your mouth clean in order to prevent the occurrence of tartar, sores, and cavities.
But, if you think that a toothpaste and mouthwash is all you need, you couldn’t be more wrong. According to a 2012 study by the Athlone Institute of Technology, enzyme-modified coconut oil is extremely efficient in neutralizing harmful oral bacteria. Namely, the study found that coconut oil effectively eliminated Streptococcus, Candida Albicans, and Strep Mutans, all known triggers of oral health issues.
Dr. Damien Brady, who led the researchers, stated that including enzyme-modified coconut oil to dental hygiene products is a good alternative for chemical additives. Nonetheless, as 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.
Oil pulling is the practice of using coconut oil for the oral health. This method actually is swishing a tbsp of oil in the mouth cavity for 10 to 20 minutes with the purpose to ‘pull’ as many bacteria as possible from the mouth into the oil. As Dentistry IQ explains, this process originates from millennia – old ayurvedic medicine.
Still, the explanation below is more recent than that:
The ‘skin’ of mouth – residing bacteria cells is made of fat, and that is the reason why these are drawn to the fat within the oil. The coconut oil also contains lauric acid and due to that fact it is excellent at shutting down harmful bacteria.
In case if you decide to try out the oil pulling method, you might fail few times until you adjust the necessary amount of oil in the mouth and thus to get an actual effect. Dentistry IQ also recommends spitting the the oil in the trash as opposed to the sink. It’s also important to wash your mouth thoroughly after the oil pulling treatment to remove any leftover bacteria.
A final note – don’t substitute your regular tooth-brushing routine with oil pulling. You should only include it in your regular oral hygiene.