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Health - Wellness
Is Coconut Oil Good For
Your Teeth?
Coconut oil has won the coveted title of superfood, and researchers have shown it can be extremely supportive of oral hygiene as well. In particular, coconut oil contains lauric acid, a fatty acid chain that is highly reactive with saliva and contains anti-microbial properties.
Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, which can be an effective agent in fighting gum disease and plaque buildup. Additionally, it helps fight tooth decay and bad breath by killing harmful bacteria — specifically Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans.
To help reap the benefits of coconut oil, MedicalNewsToday recommends oil pulling — a holistic practice that began thousands of years ago in India which can help remove plaque and unwanted bacteria. Before you brush your teeth, place one tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swish for 15 to 20 minutes while breathing through your nose, and spit it out without swallowing any.