Coconut Oil Can Combat Tooth Decay, Says Study
A recent test shows that enzyme-modified coconut oil has the potential of stopping the growth of bacteria in the mouth. It is suggested that if it were incorporated into oral hygiene products, coconut oil would be a good alternative to chemical additives found in toothpaste and mouthwashes.
Researchers of Athlone Institute of Technology in Dublin, Ireland conducted a test using coconut oil in its natural state and enzyme-modified coconut oil. They found that coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes “strongly inhibited the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria including Streptococcus mutans” – an acid-producing bacterium that is a major cause of tooth decay.
Dr. Damien Brady, lead researcher, said: “Dental caries (tooth decay) is a commonly overlooked health problem affecting 60-90% of children and the majority of adults in industrialised countries. Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations. Also, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection.”
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