Caries has become one of the most common and unpleasant health problems. According to recent studies this tooth decay affects from 70-90% of all children and most of the adult population.
Oral hygiene is the most important thing for maintaining our teeth healthy and beautiful. If you do not regularly remove food remains, teeth become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Also, as we grow older, we are more prone to cavities.
Besides aesthetics, there is another important reason why it pays to make an effort for oral hygiene – health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to heart problems and gum disease.
Studies have shown that coconut oil is effective against the bacteria responsible for tooth decay, in particular against strains of Streptococcus, which are common inhabitants of the oral cavity. The acid, which is produced when the coconut oil is digested by enzymes, can destroy the aforementioned bacteria’s. Therefore, the coconut oil should be the main ingredient for your homemade toothpaste. You can add baking soda which is proved to be the No.1 ingredient for teeth whitening.
- 2 teaspoons of coconut oil or cocoa butter
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
How to prepare:
Mix all the ingredients and place them in a glass jar. Before you brush your teeth, dip the brush into the jar and brush your teeth as usual.
Classic toothpastes contain antibacterial chemical triclosan, which is suspected of causing hormonal disturbances. Chemicals that disrupt hormones can lead to a wide range of health problems. Therefore creating homemade toothpaste is far better option.