Coconut Oil and Your Dental Health

Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Coconut Oil and Your Dental Health

The latest health craze seems to have come out of nowhere. Coconut oil has invaded the grocery shelves in both the organic and non-organic sections, making health claims left and right. You've taken a look, and maybe even tried a sample, but you're still skeptical.

But did you know that some of the health claims of coconut oil are based in fact and truth, including one tailored towards your teeth? In this blog we will take a quick look at coconut oil and what possible benefits it may have for your dental health.

Before we get into that, let's examine quickly what coconut oil actually is. Throughout the tropical regions of the world, coconut oil has aided in the regular diets of the native people for a long time. To them, it's nothing new. To us, however, it's health benefits are just becoming known (as well as it's other applications). For example:

  • Coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer.
  • Coconut oil can aid in protein loss prevention when used in your hair.
  • Coconut oil can be used as an engine lubricant.

So how does this factor into your teeth? Surely you won't be lubricating your incisors anytime soon?

Simply put, coconut oil can help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Coconut oil that has been digested can actually combat the growth of cavity-inducing bacteria. Tests run by a team from Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland ran the test with coconut oils added with enzymes against the Streptococcus mutans strain of bacteria, the kind of bacteria that causes tooth decay.

The result? Coconut oil stopped the growth of the bacteria, effectively giving you a new weapon to help fight tooth decay. It's even surmised that you may see dental care products infused with coconut oil in the near future as an alternative to other chemicals.

So the next time you're about and about at the grocery store, take a look at coconut oil. It's a really versatile liquid that is utilized in a variety of ways. Now you can use it to help protect your teeth. Consult with your dentist for more information.


Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

Hi there! I'm Dr. John Olsen, the dentist here at Franklin Dental. After graduating from the Marquette School of Dentistry, I received my Mastership in general dentistry from The Academy of Dentistry. I also hold a degree in implant dentistry as a Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantology and have been elected Regional Director for the Academy of General Dentistry.

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