Coconut Oil is Better Than Any Toothpaste According to Study

Dental health is crucial to one’s overall well-being. Several infections of the mouth can cause other problems within the body. Heart disease, stroke, dementia, and respiratory problems have all been linked to poor dental health. (Emaxhealth) To help keep the body healthy, regular visits to the dentist is recommended. What about between visits? What is the best way to keep your mouth healthy?

Coconut oil toothpaste might be the next step in dental health. Due to sensitivity, over the counter toothpaste and rinses are just too irritating. Many will be happy that a coconut oil alternative is being researched.

Coconut oil has been all the craze lately and for good reason; it is amazing. It has great antibacterial properties that hold significant benefits to the mouth. In a recent study from the Athlone Institute of Technology on different oils and their benefits toward mouth health, coconut oil was shown to be the best. Coconut oil, when treated with digestive enzymes, does an excellent job at stopping bacterial growth in the mouth. This includes bacteria with the S Mutation.

The S Mutans or Streptococcus mutans are acid-producing bacteria. They contribute to tooth decay for both adults and children. These bacteria get their energy from sugar and in return produce an acidic mouth environment. This acidic environment then demineralizes the tooth structure which leads to tooth decay. (Microbewiki)

IMG_3940Photo: – Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Dr. Damien Brady, the lead researcher from Athlone Institute of Technology, stated, “Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations. Also, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection.” (ewoa)

Using a more natural solution for toothpaste is a great choice for anyone trying to avoid harmful chemicals. Many kinds of toothpaste contain triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, and artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Each one of these chemicals can cause health problems. Triclosan has been linked to an endocrine disruption that can cause several different cancers. Also sodium lauryl sulfate, which creates the foaming action in toothpaste, has been shown to affect the taste buds which increases the bitter taste. (Mercola)

Another common practice with coconut oil is oil pulling. You simply swish 1 tablespoon coconut oil in the mouth for 5-20 minutes on an empty stomach. Once finished, spit out the coconut oil. It is believed to help remove toxins and bacteria. This practice also improves dental health.

Ready to try coconut oil as toothpaste?
This simple recipe will get you started!

IMG_3934 –  Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Natural Toothpaste Recipe

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 15-30 drops of peppermint, lemon, or thieves essential oil

Mix together and use like any store bought toothpaste.

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Nikola Stanceski - December 10, 2015

I didn’t understand what kind of essential oil kills the unhealthy bacteria. Any help please?

    Lisa Houser-Anderson - December 10, 2015

    From what I gather here, it’s the coconut oil that kills bacteria and not the essential oil.

      rturner79 - December 10, 2015

      No, those essential oils also kill bacteria.

      Vasil Kunchev - December 10, 2015

      Carnation Essential Oil kills bacteria too. I am using the same recipe as the one in the article, only with Carnation oil.

    Erin Clifton - December 10, 2015

    Young Living has an essential oil called Thieves. It is a blend of Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. It gets it’s named because 4 15th century French Thieves used it to rob the dead and dying (plague). It definitely helps boost the immune system and is used for cleaning products as well. There are plenty of tests showing it’s ability to kill bacteria.

      Nikola Stanceski - December 11, 2015

      Alright, thanks! What kind of oil he mentions in about 9th minute?

        Kya - December 12, 2015

        Neem. It’s available as an essential oil but be prepared, it smells like the bottom of a teenager’s laundry hamper after six months in the sun… whew!

    Starlightflores - December 26, 2015

    You could use Tea Tree oil (just don’t swallow. Clove oil

Louise Baker - December 10, 2015

I always mix a 2:1 ratio of baking soda to Himalayan salt. I understood that salt is also important for tooth health. Does the coconut oil do the same thing, I wonder?

    Greensations - December 16, 2015

    Salt is bad for your teeth in a toothpaste. It’s only good in a rinse.

justified - December 12, 2015

i wonder if/how it affects fillings and such?

Greensations - December 16, 2015

There’s now a commercial coconut oil toothpaste on Amazon called Cocodent. It’s pretty great stuff and better than you can make at home. Uses spearmint and baking soda with organic virgin coconut oil.

    Dennis Mullins - May 1, 2016

    Same shit that is in the “Home Made shit, and probably cheaper!

Jo - December 27, 2015

Can you use baking soda and coconut oil if you have veneers or anything like that? Does anyone know?

The Professor - January 31, 2016

Thats quite a bit of essential oil. I don’t think it is safe to use that amount.

Elizabeth Basala - February 26, 2016

I just started trying this and I’m wondering if there’s a way to help cover the overwhelming taste of the baking soda. I find myself almost gagging because it’s that unpleasant.

    Si Ni Elora Chen - May 1, 2016

    Does the oil melt when you start brushing ? I am facing this problem

      Jonathan Antenucci - July 2, 2016

      I think everyone has this problem when they make homemade toothpaste because coconut oil has a melting point of 76 deg F, which the temps are above for 4-5 months of the year here in Ohio. I figured out that to solve the problem, you have to add a few tbsps of palm oil, which has a much lower melting point than coconut oil and makes it more solid. No more melting toothpaste!

Rosomane - May 1, 2016

I just use coconut oil, nothing added. I read (Dr. Ellie Phillips DDS) baking soda can scratch the enamel. I’ve been using her mouthwash system + xylitol gum and a water pick for a year now – no plaque. It works. I want to add oil pulling too.

    Si Ni Elora Chen - May 1, 2016

    Hello Rosomane

    Hello everyone,

    I just made the coconut toothpaste but there is a problem – it melts immediately when I start brushing . Does anyone face this issue too ?

Si Ni Elora Chen - May 1, 2016

Hello everyone,

I just made the coconut toothpaste but there is a problem – it melts immediately when I start brushing . Does anyone face this issue too ?

    Casey - May 6, 2016

    Yes, coconut oil has a melting point of somewhere between 72*F and 76*F (I can’t remember exactly) so it will always melt in the mouth.

LC - June 15, 2016

i just made a batch… and it is kind of liquidy? how to fix? or is it suppose to be like that?

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