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.