The truth is we are all looking for ways to improve the appearance of our teeth and ensure we are not plagued by discoloration or premature tooth loss. But how can you keep your teeth safe without living at the dentist? According to new research by the Athlone Institute of Technology, adding coconut oil to your toothpaste or mouthwash can help prevent tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy.
How does it work?
By treating coconut oil with digestive enzymes, researchers found that this partially digested coconut milk makes it much harder for bacteria to cling to your teeth.
Essentially causing them to ‘slide off’ into your saliva, this prevents bacteria from eating away and rotting your teeth, and instead ensures your enamel remains strong and white.
Could it be added to toothpastes?
Basically yes. Admittedly the coconut oil first needs treating with digestive enzymes (meaning you cannot add coconut oil to toothpaste yourself); however once treated this oil could prove to be a healthier alternative to existing chemical additives as it is only needed in low concentrations.
Similarly as our bodies are becoming more resistant to bacteria, now is the time to be looking for alternative ways to treat microbial infection.
How else can I protect my teeth?
Your teeth play an important role in how you and others see yourself, so it is essential that you take care of your teeth and ensure they are not affected by tooth decay, discolouration or even gum disease.
And it is easier than you think…
Just remember to do the following:
• Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day whilst angling your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards your gums.
• Floss your teeth every night to remove food residue.
• Clean your tongue
• Replace your toothbrush every 3 months to prevent a build up of bacteria (also replace your toothbrush every time you are ill).
• Allow your toothbrush to dry properly standing up before storing somewhere dry (bathrooms are notoriously warm, encouraging bacteria growth).
• Avoid staining drinks/ foods – sauces, wines, tea, coffee, berries, fizzy drinks, sugary treats etc
• Quit smoking – not only does nicotine stain your teeth and fingers, it also reduces oxygen supply to your gums
Keep to these 7 easy steps and you can ensure your teeth remain healthy, strong and white. So give them a try and see the difference they make.