Dental researchers and scientists are continuously looking to improve dental products such as mouthwash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and even floss. There are a variety of different ingredients that have been proven to help fight harmful oral bacteria that may one day end up in your toothpaste including seaweed extract and an extract from cocoa bean hulls. Coconut may be another ingredient that may soon end up in your toothpaste. Do you like coconut? Are you looking for something new to brush with?
A research study performed in Ireland showed that coconut oil has the ability to fight pathogenic oral bacteria associated with tooth decay and periodontal disease. The researchers put the streptococcus mutans bacterium up against coconut oil to find that the coconut oil eliminated the bacteria.
Streptococcus mutans is a harmful oral bacterium that exists by consuming sugars and starches left over in your oral cavity after eating. As the bacterium metabolizes the sugars it excretes harmful acids. The acids eat away at your teeth causing decay. The results of the research encouraged Irish research scientists to recommend making coconut oil the main ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes to help fight tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is on the rise worldwide and has been linked to chronic health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and dementia making it a serious risk. Dental research scientists are always looking for ways to reduce or eliminate harmful oral bacteria to benefit your oral health and overall health. In the meantime, the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated paste for two minutes, flossing daily, and attending regularly scheduled dental visits.
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