Have you heard about the countless health benefits of coconut oil? This amazing natural miracle is excellent for maintaining and improving dental health as well, and numerous researchers suggest that stroke, heart disease, respiratory issues, dementia, and other health problems are a result of poor dental health. One of the best ways to improve dental health in a completely natural and effective way is by using coconut oil toothpaste. The powerful antibacterial properties of coconut oil prevent bacterial growth in the mouth and improves the health of the entire oral cavity. Tooth decay in both, adults and children, is a result of the existence of S Mutans or Streptococcus mutans in the oral cavity, which are acid-producing bacteria that get their energy from sugar. The excess acidity they create demineralizes the tooth structure and tooth decay. According to Dr. Damien Brady, the lead researcher from Athlone Institute of Technology, “Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations. Also, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection.” Toothpastes we buy contain triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which disrupt the function of our endocrine system, lead to cancers, affect the taste buds, and cause serious health issues. To avoid the numerous side-effects of harmful chemicals in commercial products, you should turn to natural and safe alternative solutions. Try out the following coconut oil toothpaste, and you will continue using it for the rest of your life! Natural Toothpaste Recipe Ingredients: ½ cup coconut oil 2-3 tablespoons baking soda 15-30 drops of lemon, peppermint, or thieves essential oil Instructions: In a suitable container, just mix the ingredients listed above. Then, use it as any store bought toothpaste. Additionally, you can benefit a lot from an ancient practice called oil pulling, that drastically improves dental health. Jessica T. Emery, DMD, owner of Sugar Fix Dental Loft in Chicago explains: “This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine a traditional Indian system that dates back 3,000 years. It involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil — typically coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil — in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spitting it out.” She adds: “Most microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell. Cells are covered with a lipid, or fatty, membrane, which is the cell’s skin. When these cells come into contact with oil, a fat, they naturally adhere to each other.” Therefore, swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth for several minutes as soon as you wake up, on an empty stomach. When done, just spit it out, to remove all the bacteria and toxins from the mouth. Emery adds: “Start with just 5 minutes a day. Twenty minutes of swishing is a long time, and while the longer you pull, the more bacteria you’ll remove, 5 or 10 minutes will still offer some benefit. Also, if your jaw starts aching a few minutes in, slow down. Don’t work too hard. A gentle swishing, pushing, and sucking the oil through the teeth is all that’s required.” Enjoy your bright, white, and shining smile!