In the times in which we live, oral problems are very common among the population worldwide. Therefore, in addition to maintaining a proper oral hygiene, in order to prevent bad breath and yellow teeth, it is essential to maintain the mouth as clean as possible, in order to prevent the occurrence of plagues, caries or calculus.
However, there are cases where toothpaste and mouthwash is not enough. When this happens, it can always turn; to natural medicines. Namely, according to a study in 2012 by Athlone Institute of Technology, coconut oil has the power to suppress harmful bacteria. The study also showed that coconut oil is very useful in removing Streptococcus, Candida, that is known to cause oral health problems.
Dr Damien Brady, who led the researchers, said that the inclusion of enzyme-modified coconut oil is a good alternative to chemical additives. Although the study has not yet reached the extreme level, it would be better, coconut oil to include in resources that people use regularly, instead of mouthwash.
The practice of using coconut oil for oral health is called “pulling with coconut oil” This means, that you put a spoon of coconut oil in your mouth and holding it there for 10 to 20 minutes in order to “pull up” bacteria that are present in the oral cavity. According to researchers, this process is initiated by the millenary Ayurveda. However, the following explanation is more recent than:
In the “skin” of the mouth – are residing bacterial cells from the fat composition, and as such, they are attracted to the fat in the oil. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is excellent in the destruction of harmful bacteria.
Try out the method of “pulling” with coconut oil, it being possible initially do not hit the correct amount of oil in your mouth, but try, until you adjust the amount in your mouth, so you can have a real effect.
What you should do, as time runs out, is to spit out the oil in the trash, not in the sink. Also, rinse your mouth thoroughly after the procedure to prevent any debris from bacteria that can not swallow. It is important to note that this method does not substitute for regular brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste.