Coconut Oil Benefits in Oral Health

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Oral health along with general health should be of paramount importance to all individuals. Oral hygiene habits are normally instilled in early childhood irrespective of the nationality or geographic location of an individual.

The accumulation of dental plaque is considered to be the primary cause for gingival inflammation and tooth decay. Dental plaque is defined clinically as a structured and resilient substance that can attach to hard surfaces and is mainly composed of bacteria in a matrix of salivary proteins. Ideally plaque should not be ignored and allowed to accumulate. It should be removed immediately to prevent any damage from occurring in the oral cavity.

The most reliable and accepted method of oral hygiene maintenance all over the world have been mechanical methods of tooth cleaning such as using a tooth brush. But, adjuvants for decreasing plaque formation and maintaining oral hygiene have constantly been researched and tried. Such as the use of a dental floss, mouth rinses, chemotherapeutic agents and most recently, oil pulling.

Oil pulling or oil swishing therapy is a traditional procedure in which the practitioners rinse or swish oil in their mouth. It claims to cure oral and systemic diseases. Oil pulling with sesame oil and sunflower oil was found to reduce plaque related gingivitis.

The advantage of these natural oils is that they neither cause any staining as seen in use of chlorhexidine mouthwashes nor there is any after taste or allergic reactions and is readily available.

Studies have shown that coconut oil pulling reduces the accumulation of plaque and gingivitis associated with it. Peedikayil et al.  in a significant study evaluated the effect of coconut oil pulling/oil swishing on plaque formation and plaque-induced gingivitis in 60 age-matched boys and girls in the age group of 16–18 years with plaque-induced gingivitis. The results show that there is a statistically significant decrease in the plaque and gingival scores and they continued to decrease during the period of study and concluded that coconut oil swishing could be an effective adjuvant procedure in decreasing plaque formation and plaque-induced gingivitis. The results also proved that coconut oil is an easily usable, safe and cost effective agent with minimal side effects which can be used as an adjuvant in oral hygiene maintenance.

Studies by Singla et al also found that mouth gum massage therapy with coconut oil reduces the plaque and gingival scores and is comparable with chlorhexidane.

Coconut Oil Components and Benefits

Coconut oil is an edible oil that is easily available and predominantly composed of Medium Chained Fatty Acids (MCFAs) with 92% of saturated fats. Various components of coconut oil include Lauric Acid (LA) 50%, followed by other acids like myristic acid, caprylic acid, palmitic acid, capric acid, oleic acid, stearic acid and linoleic acid.

 Various benefits of coconut oil include:

  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Ant Parasitic
  • Antithrombotic
  • Cardio Protective
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Antidote
  • Antidermatophytic
  • Ant Diabetic
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hypolipidemic
  • Anticholecystitic
  • Antioxidant
  • Anticancer
  • Anticaries
  • And Disinfectant Activities
  • It is also effective in fighting Intestinal infections such as Bronchitis, Asthma And Headaches
  • Promotes wound healing

Coconut oil effects on whitening

Alongside its various health benefits as an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agent, coconut oil has also shown a whitening effect on the teeth. In this study, natural teeth were collected and divided into four groups and preserved in different mediums for 24 hours for a period of seven days to study the effects on hard tissue enamel. The teeth were observed every 24 hours and the difference in tooth whitening was compared using a tooth shade guide and evaluated for observable changes in color. Teeth treated with coconut oil showed the best results as compared to other mediums and it was also found that coconut oil had no effect on the restorative material. Coconut oil was seen to have superior results over other types of oils such as olive oil which was found to have a darkening effect on restorative materials. Another dvantage of this natural oil is that it neither causes any staining as seen in use of chlorhexidine mouthwashes nor there is any after taste or allergic reactions and is also readily available.

Natural toothpaste with coconut oil

After extensive research and tests on coconut oil benefits on oral health it was only the obvious next step to incorporate it in to dentifrices such as tooth paste. This has proven to be a huge success as SprinJene Natural Toothpaste has proven to be nothing but beneficial for you and your family.

All of the ingredients present in SprinJene are complete safe and natural, without any side effects. They have undergone various research studies which have proven their innumerable benefits in being:

  • Anti-cavity
  • Anti-plaque
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Immune boosting

Sprinjene Natural Toothpaste for children and adults uses 100 percent organic and chemical free ingredients each carefully chosen for their medical and oral health benefits. These include:

  • Coconut oil
  • Black seed oil
  • Zinc extracts
  • Xylitol and stevia
  • Acacia gum
  • Aqua and glycerin

There are is a wide range of options to choose from to suit each individual’s needs. Ranging from 7 kinds of fluoride tooth pastes and 2 without fluoride. Flavors including green apple, mint, water melon and vanilla. There is also a selection of whitening toothpastes with added abrasives for stain removal and another variety for sensitive teeth. Sprinjene Natural Toothpaste takes pride in being Vegan, Kosher, Halal and Cruelty free. It is also Gluten free for those suffering from gluten allergies.

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