Everyone has encountered coconut oil in all its wonder in some capacity by now. I mean, it’s essentially considered the elixir of life nowadays (it’s the next kale). It’s great for your skin, healing scars, curing infections, calming split ends, and whitening nails. But, did you know it’s actually fantastic for your teeth, too? I mean anything that will help with everyone’s complete and utter distaste for flossing is a great thing!
Some things to consider though, make sure it’s unrefined, virgin coconut oil, none of that processed garbage. You can find it at health food stores but also pretty much any grocery store now due to immense popularity.
What do I do?
Well, you take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and swish it around like mouthwash for five minutes (it’ll feel like a real long time but it’s so worth it!) and then spit it out.
It may feel a little uncomfortable at first—swishing oil around in your mouth—but the benefits are definitely worth it. This is one of the best ways to supplement flossing, an imperative but often neglected aspect of oral hygiene.
So what does the coconut oil do?
Well, coconut oil is naturally antibacterial so it immediately combats hidden bacteria and removes plaque which is at the core of many cavity-causing problems.
And the specific health benefits are?
You reduce the risk of gingivitis, rid yourself of nasty breath, and, best of all, you lower the risk of particular mouth cancers.
It does sound odd and a little hard to imagine but honestly, just try it once and you’ll definitely be won over.