Coconut Oil for Tooth Decay Prevention
An interesting recent finding is that coconut oil may have the potential to safeguard our mouths against the harmful bacteria located in plaque.
When coconut oil is digested by our bodies, it comes into contact with a variety of digestive enzymes. It turns out that coconut oil that has been treated with these enzymes is effectively able to stop the growth of the tooth decay-causing strain of bacteria known as Streptococcus mutans. It is important to note that coconut oil that has not been treated with these enzymes did not show any signs that it was able to combat the bacteria. The thinking is that in the future enzyme-treated coconut oil may be able to be used in dental hygiene products to promote good oral health. It has been show to work well even in low concentrations.
It is important to prevent decay before it is able to take hold. Brushing and flossing your teeth, along with a biannual visit to the dentist for a professional exam and cleaning, are strongly recommended for preventing decay. While enzyme-treated coconut oil may not completely replace these important preventive dental measures, it may one day prove to be a valuable tool in your arsenal against plaque and decay.
If tooth decay is allowed to set in, it can cause serious complications if it reaches the pulp of the tooth. Once the pulp has become inflamed or infected, the tooth will need to be treated by an endodontist. The two main options at this point are extraction or root canal therapy. As it is always best to keep your natural teeth, a root canal is the much better option.
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