Dental health is very important for our health in general. Did you know that some diseases, like stroke, dementia, heart disease, respiratory problems, are linked to poor dental health.
Beside regular visit to the dentist how can we keep our mouth health?
Toothpaste from coconut oil might be the solution.
Lately coconut oil is very popular, but with a good reason. It has amazing antibacterial properties. When is treated with digestive enzymes coconut oil stops bacterial growth in our mouth.
This includes streptococcus bacteria.
Streptococcus mutants or the S mutants are acid-producing bacteria, which contribute to tooth decay.
These bacteria are feeding from the sugar and produce an acidic mouth environment.
And the acidic environment leads to tooth decay.
Trying this natural solution for toothpaste is a best choice to avoid harmful chemicals that regular toothpastes contain.
Almost every toothpaste that you can buy contains sodium lauryl, fluoride, triclosan, artificial sweeteners like aspartame. And all of them can cause serious health problems.
For example, triclosan has been linked to disruption of endocrine, which can cause cancer.
Another practice with coconut oil is oil pulling. Just swish one tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth for 5-15 minutes on an empty stomach. Spit it when you are done. This way you will remove toxins and bacteria. And also you will improve your dental health.
Below is the recipe for natural toothpaste:
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
- 20-30 drops of peppermint, thieves or lemon essential oil
Begin by melting the coconut oil before blending it together with all the other ingredients. Then, pour everything into a glass jar and allow the mixture to cool off. Then you can use this as you would any normal toothpaste.