You have probably read somewhere that proper dental care includes regular flossing, using mouthwash solutions and tooth brushing. But, what many do not know is the fact that coconut oil can provide an incredible effect for your glaring dental health!
The so-called ”oil pulling “ is a procedure of rinsing out the mouth with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, which eliminates harmful bacteria that rotten your teeth and gums and thus cause bad breath.
It was originally used 3,000 years ago, as a part of the Ayurveda medicinal practices. Now, its popularity is growing again. Moreover, apart from eliminating harmful bacteria, the coconut oil will also whiten your teeth gone yellow from tobacco, tea, coffee and other colored substances.
The homemade “toothpaste” based on coconut oil has a vast number of benefits due to the antimicrobial power of coconut oil. It prevents tooth decay in a natural way, eliminating bad breath and gingivitis.
However, there is a coconut oil that is sold for “cosmetic use”, which basically means that it has been lowered in quality by adding chemical products and therefore is not suitable for consumption. Hence, it would be best to use only virgin coconut oil. The coconut oil brand has also a wide variety; it is certified and sold at a very reasonable price.
Homemade Coconut Oil-Baking Soda Toothpaste Recipe
The preparation of this excellent homemade toothpaste is very simple.
Here are the instructions how to make it:
- Melt a couple of tablespoons of virgin coconut oil (about 30 grams) in a bowl;
- Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda (about 45 grams) to it;
- Mix with a fork until the mixture becomes very similar to a smooth commercial toothpaste paste.
This paste will also help you get rid of bad breath, so you should also use it for brushing your tongue. Due to the added amount of baking soda, it will also whiten and polish your teeth, apart from providing the other benefits.
The antimicrobial power of the coconut oil will kill bacteria living on your tongue and gums, which are responsible for the “killing breath.” Also, the use of this homemade paste will leave a very light and fresh scent of coconut in your mouth, and a feeling of complete cleanliness.
Bear in mind that all these dental health benefits are provided by a few commercial toothpastes, with the difference that this natural paste does not contain any of those powerful toxic chemicals.
Indeed, it can be used just as any of commercial toothpastes sold in every market. You just have to remember that the coconut oil solidifies below 24 degrees Celsius (76 Fahrenheit), so spit the remains of the coconut oil in your mouth in the trash bin instead of in the sewage pipes, in order to avoid clogging of the pipes and calling the plumber.
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