Should You Brush With Coconut?

Do you ever feel like your toothpaste is lacking? Do your teeth feel clean after brushing? Are you looking for a new toothpaste, or thinking of brushing with baking soda and lemon? You may not have to wait too much longer for a toothpaste with a new ingredient. You can brush your teeth with a variety of different things actually. They did in ancient times. The Romans even used their own urine to clean and whiten their teeth. There a numerous other more palatable options, however. For instance, have you ever wondered if you could brush with coconut?

An Irish Study

Periodontal disease is on the rise worldwide and its connection to other health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and dementia make it a serious risk. Researchers are always looking for ways to reduce or eliminate harmful oral bacteria that cause tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health problems. For this very reason Irish researchers decided to put the pathogenic oral bacteria streptococcus mutans up against coconut oil and found that coconut oil has bacteria-eradicating properties.

Streptococcus mutans is an oral bacteria that feeds on the sugars and starches leftover on your teeth from foods and beverages. As this bacteria metabolizes its food it produces harmful acids which eat away at your tooth enamel. Because the results of the research indicated that coconut oil can kill harmful oral bacterium that contribute to tooth decay and periodontal disease, Irish scientists recommend making coconut oil the main ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes to help fight these chronic oral health diseases.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.