Coconut oil is excellent for your gums and brushing with it regularly can eliminate bleeding and sore gums. The oil kills bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis and if you have gingivitis, you might want to massage some coconut oil into your gums regularly, in addition to using it in your toothpaste.
Moreover, brushing your tongue with coconut oil helps with thrush-a fungal problem localized in the mouth, and to boot, coconut oil has been found to stop and even reverse some tooth decay.
Irish scientists have tested coconut oil samples on steptococcus mutans- the bacteria that glues to our teeth and causes dental erosion. They found that coconut oil is an effective way to kill this bacteria.
A guide research claim that if coconut oil, modified with chemical additives, is put into dental hygiene products it can be the most powerful tool against bacteria and other harmful substances that attack our teeth.
A Simple Coconut Based Toothpaste Recipe
You will need:
-6 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
-2 tablespoons coconut oil (warm enough to be liquid, which means above 76 degrees F)
-10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil
Put baking soda in a bowl, add the other ingredients and mix until you achieve a proper paste texture. Add a small amount of baking soda if it’s runny; add more coconut oil if it’s too dry. Taste, and add more essential oil if you want a more flavorful paste. Store in an opaque container (required to protect the hydrogen peroxide) and use as usual.