In a study where the biocidal properties of the coconut oil have been tested against the bacteria responsible for tooth decay, the oil proved to be quite effective.
His action has been tested in its natural state, as well as after being treated in enzymes, in a process which is similar to digestion. The oils has been tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria, very common inhabitants of our mouth.
It has been discovered that enzyme-modified coconut oil is strongly effective and it inhibits the growth of most of the strains of Streptococcus bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium , which is the major cause of the tooth decay. Also, it has been said that the breaking down of the fatty coconut oil by the enzymes, turns into acids that are toxic for some bacteria. Dr. Damien Brady, a chief researcher has said :
“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.”
6 Reasons to Use Coconut Oil as Toothpaste
The six top reasons, reported by MindBodyGreen, include the following:
1. No Harmful Chemicals
Some conventional toothpaste , for example Colgate total, contain an antibacterial chemical named triclosan, which is linked with the concerns over antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption. Those endocrine – disrupting chemicals can be a serious concern, as they can cause various health problems, which include: breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer, preterm and low birth weight babies, precocious puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys.
Some studies made on animals have shown that triclosan can cause fetal bone malformations in mice and rats, that may hint at hormonal effects.