Nowadays, despite the progress in both, medicine and technology, the oral problems are very common issue among the population all over the world. Maintaining proper oral hygiene as prevention of bad breath and yellowish teeth is important, but it is of extreme importance to keep your mouth as clean as possible and thus to prevent the occurrence of sores, cavities or tartar.
As a matter of fact, in some cases, the toothpastes and mouthwashes are not sufficient to solve the problem suffice. Once such situation occurs, you can always choose the natural medicines.
Athlone Institute of Technology conducted a study in 2012 in which was discovered that enzyme – modified coconut oil has the power to suppress harmful bacteria. Moreover, this study proved that the coconut oil is very beneficial in removing Streptococcus, Candida Albicans and Strep mutans, which are causers of oral health issues.
Dr. Damien Brady, the lead researcher says that when it comes to dental hygiene products, the enzyme – modified coconut oil is good alternative for the chemical additives. Even though this study hasn’t yet reached a conclusive level in order to be included into health products, a lot of people use regular coconut oil as a mouthwash. The unaltered oil probably is not as effective as the enzyme – modified one, but it is still very beneficial and doesn’ cause 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.
Also, as Dentistry IQ explains, you should spit the oil in the trash, not the sink. Keep in mind that after the oil pulling you should rinse the mouth thoroughly in order to prevent any leftover bacteria from moving into your system when you swallow.
Important note: this method is not replacement for the regular tooth – brushing.