Can Coconut Oil Help Your Teeth at All?
What do we know about coconut oil? A few things, actually.
- It does not help you regrow teeth. It's just not scientifically possible. Sorry, but that's one tall tale.
- It consists of lauric acid, explains Heliyon, which has some antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which could be good for your oral health.
- And according to the University of Harvard School of Public Health, coconut oil is:
- Bad for your heart
- But good for your hair and skin
It's important to know that there is still not enough data or research on coconut oil to assess all of the health benefits or risks it may cause.
When you're thinking about undergoing some at-home oral health treatments yourself, it's good to know the facts first. Those are threefold. First, coconut oil pulling doesn't help out in the plaque or cavity department. Next, not only is coconut oil unable to regrow your teeth, nothing can. And lastly, the key to healthy teeth and enamel is proper oral care. And that means regular brushing using a soft-bristle toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste, as well as flossing and dental checkups. It's there with your dentist that you'll grow some confidence in the answers they provide for any at-home treatment questions you may have.