Coconut oil has many great benefits for your health. Not only can you put it on your skin to moisturize and protect, or eat it for nutrients, but a coconut oil mouthwash can aid in maintaining good oral health.
Medicine of the Ancients
Coconut oil has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, and has recently been gaining popularity with the increased interest in all-natural health care products. Many health professionals are beginning to recommend more holistic treatments in conjunction with traditional medicine practices.
In a nutshell, Ayurveda is the state of keeping one’s body in balance. By balancing the three Doshas, or body elements, it is believed by some to help a person reach optimal health. Perhaps there is a correlation between the balance of mind, body and soul with modern medicine.
Here’s what we know about coconut oil and its benefits to oral care:
Bye, Bye Bad Breath
Unlike other oils such as sesame and sunflower, coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is a natural anti-microbial agent. By killing bad bacteria in your mouth and absorbing them in coconut oil, you can remove one of the main causes of bad breath – bacteria.
Bad breath can also be caused by serious dental issues, which makes it important to discuss all oral care plans with your dentist.
The type of food you eat can give you bad breath as well. Some foods like onions and garlic produce their odor from digestion and respiration. While you may be able to mask the smell with a mint or mouthwash, the only way to completely remove some food odors is to let time pass.
Strong, Resilient Teeth
Coconut Oil also aids in the absorption of calcium, an important mineral in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Calcium helps keep teeth strong and resistant to decay, which can reduce risk of the formation of cavities and enamel erosion.
Maintaining Healthy Gums
Gum disease like gingivitis can be devastating to your mouth. Your gums are alive and protect vital tooth structure, which protects the root of your teeth. Your gums protect all the bones in your mouth and you should treat them well.
As mentioned prior, coconut oil creates the type of environment that bacteria hate. This can reduce the chance of infection and disease.
How to Use Coconut Oil in Your Mouth
Brush Your Teeth with It
You can brush your teeth with coconut oil and baking soda mixed together to form a paste. This is a great alternative to fluoride toothpastes or people sensitive to mainstream pastes.
Use a Coconut Oil Mouthwash
A more convenient way of using coconut oil for oral care is as a mouth rinse.
Our Coconut Ginger Mouthwash has coconut oil, along with soothing, organic aloe and ginger root oil. It is an alcohol-free mouth rinse, and also contains Xylitol, which is shown to protect teeth against cavities.