Coconut oil is well known for its health benefits and numerous other uses and purposes. Did you know that this healthy oil can also be used as a toothpaste base? The toothpaste you probably have in your home is full of chemicals just like most of the ones available on the market. This is why you should use coconut oil for brushing your teeth because it is a much safer and healthier alternative. Here are 6 reasons why you should start brushing with coconut oil.
- It is natural and safe
Coconut oil does not have chemicals or harmful side-effects that could harm your teeth or oral cavity. You shouldn’t worry even if you swallow some of it because it is also healthy if ingested.
- Contains no foaming agents
Commercial toothpastes foam because one of the ingredient they contain is a soap called sodium lauryl sulfate. This kind of toothpaste also causes canker sores in the mouth which are very painful and inconvenient. Another proof of the safety of using coconut oil is that it does not foam.
- Has antibacterial properties
Coconut oil efficiently eliminates the bacteria in your mouth because it has antibacterial properties. It can be used either as toothpaste or a mouthwash. The best thing is it will remove the bacteria much safely than store-bought dental care products which are full of harmful chemicals.
- It is affordable
Coconut oil is easy to find in any health store, it is cheap and also economic because it can last for months.
- Safe for your dog
Coconut oil can also be used to clean dogs’ teeth because it is safe for them as much as it is for humans.
- Easy to prepare
Coconut oil toothpaste takes very little time and effort to prepare. Here is the recipe:
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda
- 15-20 drops of essential oil
- 2 small packets of stevia
Put the coconut oil and all the other ingredients in a jar and mix them well with a fork. Apply some of the mixture to your toothbrush by dipping it in and scraping a small amount. Then proceed brushing your teeth as usually.