Cleaning teeth with oil, that too coconut oil, instead of toothpaste, incites a sort of shock. But medical experts believe there is merit in this stream of thought. It is believed that using coconut oil can help improve your dental health and also keeps your breath fresh at all times.
So here are few reasons you should switch over to coconut oil from toothpaste to enhance your oral hygiene.
1. You never smell stale
Cleaning your teeth with coconut oil instead of toothpaste will helps ward off bad breath. This is because coconut oil kills bacteria that may lead to foul smell in your mouth. In fact, using coconut oil is just about as effective as using a decent mouthwash to rinse your mouth.
2. Your mouth a playground of bacteria, no more
Cleaning teeth with coconut oil helps to reduce the occurrence of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Streptococcus Mutans is one of the main bacteria present in the mouth, which further decays the dentures giving rise to a plethora of oral problems. A research recently concluded that pulling coconut oil can help stave off the growth of Streptococcus Mutans in the mouth. Using coconut is much cheaper than any other chloride that helps to kill Streptococcus Mutans.
3. Also, no gingivitis and plaque
Gingivitis is generally a problem that every person experiences when he starts growing old. Gingivitis is a condition that is caused due to inflammation of gums, and when the immune is affected by the bacteria present in the mouth. Another study proved that cleaning mouth with coconut (naariyal) oil not only help to treat gingivitis, but also helps get rid of plaque in your teeth which can lead to serious tooth and gum disease.
4. No harmful chemicals either
One of the best reasons to use coconut instead of toothpaste is that they don’t have a modicum of chemical in them. Toothpastes by various FMCG giants contain an antibacterial chemical called triclosan which may trigger a slow process of oral decay. Fluoride is another common chemical found in conventional toothpaste that may lead to various dental problems.
5. How to use coconut oil instead of toothpaste
Oil pulling is very simple and you can do it by swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for about 10-15 minutes. Now spit out the oil from your mouth and brush your teeth. If you are using coconut oil in large quantity, it becomes very easy to brush your teeth and get rid of the bacteria in the mouth. Oil pulling is best done on an empty stomach. Generally, we tend to drink tea and then brush our teeth, but if you are keen on following the oil pulling ritual, avoid drinking or eating anything before.