Coconut oil has long been revered for its nutritional, industrial and medicinal value for generations. Now current research indicates the application of coconut oil could prove highly beneficial in regards to combating tooth decay.
A study conducted through the Athlone Institute of Technology found that coconut oil, once digested, attacked harmful bacteria linked to tooth decay. The study suggests that coconut oil could foreseeably be a ready additive to a percentage of commercial dental care products to enhance their benefits further.
Another factor making coconut oil particularly alluring is its natural characteristics, the substance readily available within our immediate environment. The information was gathered in relative proximity to other natural tooth decay fighting agents such as dried licorice root, helping retrace the battle lines on mouth decay.
Researchers tested the antibacterial action of coconut oil using two samples, coconut oil in its natural state and coconut oil that had been treated with certain enzymes – the latter of which was designed to replicate the digestion process. The oils were then tested against Streptococcus bacteria, bacteria typically found within the mouth.
The findings were surprising. Coconut oil treated with enzymes, similar to coconut oil that has been digested through the body, exhibited a strong resistance to the Streptococcus bacteria. Coconut oil in this instance actually inhibited the growth of the bacteria.
It’s now well understood that coconut oil may help in preserving the enamel of teeth, prompting further investigation into other natural substances as a preventative additive to commercial products. Additional research in this area should conclusively depict how coconut oil will interact with Streptococcus bacteria at the molecular level.
Another added benefit to the study is a contributing component to relative understanding of how antibacterial activity exists within the human body.