Coconut oil– good for your teeth too?!


If you have been in a health food aisle recently, you have probably come across some sort of coconut-related product–coconut water, coconut oil, coconut in energy bars, and the list goes on. If you stay on top of homeopathic remedies, coconut oil is used for a number of different things, from face wash to deodorant. So our question is– what can coconut oil do for your teeth?

Fortunately, researchers have been wondering the same thing. Specifically, research was conducted on the reaction digestive enzymes had when in contact with coconut oil. In preliminary findings, coconut oil seemed to reduce the growth of a bacteria that causes tooth decay. Tooth decay is a result of bacteria creating acid that wears away the enamel of your tooth. The research also found that coconut oil may reduce the growth of yeast, which causes thrush  in the mouth.

While research is not complete, the findings so far are positive. If coconut oil can help reduce tooth decay, you can expect to see tooth paste and other oral hygiene products containing coconut oil in the future.

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A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)