Recent studies have revealed that coconut oil contains properties that work to fight the bacteria that are responsible for tooth decay. Certain enzymes in coconut oil work to inhibit the growth of various Streptococcus bacteria, some of which are acid-producing and toxic to gums and teeth.
Why Not Just Use Regular Toothpaste?
Did you know that fluoride has never been significantly proven to protect your teeth from cavity development? Continued fluoride consumption, which the body can absorb through mouthwashes or toothpastes, can lead to gastrointestinal disorders, osteoarthritis, essential enzyme inhibition, immune system suppression, and acute poisoning.
One of the benefits of using a DIY toothpaste is that it doesn’t contain foaming agents. A lot of toothpastes contain foaming agents like sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) or sodium laurel suflate, which interfere with your taste buds by breaking up phospholipids on the tongue. SLS has also been linked to the development of canker sores.
Rather than taking a risk, it is recommended to go the all-natural route and avoid toxic substances altogether. DIY toothpaste also lasts a lot longer than regular commercial toothpastes because you don’t need a lot when it comes time to brush. It can take some time to get used to the DIY toothpaste because people have been conditioned to like the minty flavors.
Studies have shown that the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are effective at preventing bad breath and plaque build-up. Turmeric has also been comparable to the anti-plaque and antimicrobial properties that commercial mouthwashes claim to have.
- 2 tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (try to get one that has not bee treated with chemicals)
- a few drops food grade peppermint oil (optional)
- Mix the coconut oil, turmeric, and baking soda in a bowl until you get a smooth consistency. If you are using the peppermint oil, mix it in as well.
- Spoon the paste into an airtight, glass jar and store in a cool dry place.
- Add a small amount (about the size of a pinky nail) to your toothbrush and start brushing. Make sure you don’t swallow the mixture.
- Rinse your mouth with water when finished.