The Athlone Institute of Technology carried out a research about the effects of some natural oils on bacteria found in the mouth. As expected, coconut oil was the most effective.
Enzyme-modified Coconut Oil, The Toothpaste of The Future
That this oil, when combined with digestive enzymes, prevents the development of bacteria commonly found in our mouth, including S. mutans.
S. mutans is a bacterium that produces acid which causes the tooth to rot, and it mostly affects children and adults living in industrial zones, 60 to 90 percent.
More studies from the Autumn meeting of the Society for General Microbiology at the University of Warwick showed that coconut oil can destroy the yeast Candida albicans (which causes thrush) when it is enzyme-modified.
Enzyme-modified coconut oil can replace chemical additives in the dental hygiene, especially because it works in small amounts. It is essential for us to seek new ways to prevent antibiotic resistant microbial infection, said Dr. Damien Brady from the AthloneInstitute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland.