Dental hygiene is just as important, if not more so, as showering and putting on deodorant. From maintaining those pearly white teeth to clean, fresh breath, the benefits of keeping up with your oral health are obvious.
Not to mention that lack of dental upkeep can result in mouth infections which can cause other, more serious problems like heart disease and respiratory problems. The problem comes for the large number of people who have sensitive teeth. The chemicals in most toothpastes have been known to irritate these teeth and can cause extreme discomfort while trying to simply brush.
There is great news for all people with sensitive teeth though. Research has been shown that an alternative, homemade toothpaste may be your saving grace, but the main ingredient may surprise you.
If you have been on a computer in the past 5ish years then you have most likely heard of the numerous benefits linked to coconut oil. The internet has been going crazy about all the different uses of the oil, as it should. And yet another use can now be tacked on to the impressive list. That’s right, coconut oil has been shown to hold antibacterial properties that can help enormously in preventing the growth of bacteria in your mouth.
Athlone Institute of Technology recently conducted a study testing a number of different oils and their effects on the mouth. The results showed that coconut oil was the most beneficial and effective as an alternative to over-the-counter tooth pastes. One of the main benefits shown was it’s effectiveness at stopping Streptococcus mutans, the main contributor to decaying teeth in both children and adults.
Lead researcher for the Athlone Institute of Technology, Dr Damien Brady had this to say about the findings:
“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.”
There are a number of different chemicals inside everyday toothpaste that have been shown to have serious health effects. For example, triclosan, an ingredient found in most toothpastes, has been shown to cause an endocrine disruption that can lead to different types of cancer. Other chemicals can be harmful too, like sodium lauryl sulfate, the cause of the foaming in toothpastes, has been linked to deteriorating taste buds.
So, the easiest solution is to make your own, and it really is just that. EASY! Take your ingredients: 1/2 cup coconut oil, 2-3 tablespoons baking soda, and 15-30 drops peppermint, lemon, or thieves essential oils. Mix them all up and you have your very own homemade, coconut oil toothpaste.
It is easy to make and the benefits are enormous. If you find your teeth just not getting along with grocery store toothpaste, use this simple DIY and keep that smile looking bright!