Coconut oil has a variety of applications in everyday life in various forms. As toothpaste, it is extremely beneficial for maintenance and improvement of oral health. Coconut oil toothpaste helps to keep the teeth clean and healthy, helps prevent deposition of plaque, bleeding of gums, formation of bad breath, and even helps to restore dental enamel. It is easy to make, and is a safe, inexpensive substitute for the synthetic toothpastes available on retail.
Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from mature coconuts. It has high saturated fat content, is slowly oxidized, and is hence resistant to becoming rancid, and can be stored for long periods of time without spoiling. It may be used for consumption, as well as topically for various purposes. It may also be combined with other substances to make different products, such as hair oil, lotion, toothpaste, etc. Coconut oil toothpaste is a great natural substitute for the many artificial synthetic products available in the market. It has a number of health benefits as well.
Coconut oil is very rich in saturated fats, and also some unsaturated fats as well. It also contains some vitamins, and some polysterols.
Coconut oil toothpaste may be made from completely natural ingredients, and is hence free from any synthetic chemicals which have been indicated to have adverse effects on health, like fluorides.
Coconut oil toothpaste can be effective against cavity forming bacteria. It is mostly made of saturated fats, which interfere with the metabolism of these bacteria, and prevents tooth decaying acid they secrete from being effective.
Coconut oil toothpaste helps to improve oral. It contains vitamins, which helps to maintain healthy gums, prevents bleeding, and prevents accumulation of odour causing bacteria. This leads to strong, clean, and healthy teeth and mouth.
Coconut oil toothpaste are free from foaming agents present in most synthetic toothpastes. Foaming agents have been linked to the formation of painful cankerous sores in the mouth, and their absence in coconut oil toothpaste is a great advantage.
Surfactants present in synthetic toothpastes breaks down phospholipids present on the tongue and interferes with functioning of taste buds, which leads to enhancement of bitter taste, and leaves the mouth vulnerable to new infection. Coconut oil toothpaste, free from surfactants, is free from these drawbacks, helps to maintain taste sensation immediately after brushing, and contributes to long term maintenance of oral health.
Most preparations of coconut oil toothpaste contain baking soda. Combined with the fats present in the coconut oil, they serve to maintain the acidity of mouth and throat, which helps prevent tooth decay and proliferation of disease causing bacteria in the mouth.
Coconut oil toothpaste helps prevent tooth decay, and may even help to regenerate lost enamel by providing nutrition to the gums and teeth.
Coconut oil toothpaste is mostly used as toothpaste for brushing teeth. It may also be used for rinsing the mouth, a process called ‘oil pulling’ to get rid of disease causing germs. It is also safe to be used for brushing teeth of pets, and provides a relatively inexpensive substitute for the rather costly toothpaste for pets present in the market.
Coconut oil toothpaste has very few side effects. It may cause allergic reaction in some people, and the saturated fatty acids present in coconut oil are considered slightly detrimental to health if ingested.
Coconut is said to have originated in the India-Indonesia region, before spreading all over the world by ocean currents. It is cultivated in the tropical coastal regions of the world, namely the Indian peninsular coasts, Phillipines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and other coastal areas.