Coconut oil may be beneficial to your teeth

Coconut oil may be beneficial to your teeth

Coconut oil has antibacterial properties that has the potential to kill bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

I'm sick of getting cavities. Thankfully, it's been a year since I last had one, but I do get my teeth cleaned in another month. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't find any early signs of decay. What's even worse is that I have stronger teeth than most adults. I can only imagine what it's like to have real dental problems.

Luckily, scientists are always looking for new ways to prevent cavities. What is the latest discovery? Coconut oil. That's right, an oil that many of us have in our cupboard may help fight cavities. Personally, I avoid coconut oil. Don't get me wrong, I love the taste, but it's just too high in saturated fat for me to use it daily. If it helps my teeth, however, I may reconsider.

How does it work? Scientists have learned that coconut oil has antibacterial properties. Specifically, it is capable of killing certain strains of Streptococcus, which is the primary bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

Now before you start gargling with coconut oil, there are a few things you should know. First, it doesn't work in its original state. The coconut oil must be partially digested in order for it to kill the bacteria. Scientists found out that a enzyme-treated version of the oil works the best.

Second, it has not been approved for the reduction of cavities. Until it undergoes further testing, I advise you to continue with a routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing. You need to wait until the ADA puts the stamp of approval on this all-natural ingredient before you trust it with your teeth.

So if you struggle with cavities, you probably have too much bacteria being produced in your mouth. Maybe coconut oil is the solution you've been looking for. Keep your eyes and ears open for the latest developments.