The benefits of coconut oil in your toothpaste
Oil pulling is an ancient tradition of Ayurvedic medicine from over 3.000 years ago. It has come back into light and gained momentum once again thanks to the internet. So what is oil pulling? Well the idea is to swish oil in your mouth for about twenty minutes and then spit it out. The hope is that this may have the ability to cure bad breath, gum disease, whiten teeth or even a little more to aid in eczema or arthritis. While there is no scientific evidence to support these claims, there are however some benefits of using an organic oil in your toothpaste.
The most common oils used in oil pulling are sesame, coconut or sunflower oil. Coconut oil specifically is a great antioxidant (Vitamin E) and also contains lauric acid which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. While there are benefits of coconut oil in reducing the ability of plaque to attaching to the tooth, manual debridement is still necessary with flossing and brushing. Coconut oil is an added plus agent used in combination to fight gum disease and maintain a healthy mouth.