At this point, you know we’re all about using natural ingredients to enhance your oral care routine. You may have noticed a few coconut-based oral care products on the market, including coconut oil toothpaste, coconut floss, and coconut oil pulling.
What’s all the fuss about? Is coconut oil actually good for your teeth? Should you infuse these products into your oral care routine?
In short, there are a ton of benefits to adding coconut oil to your oral care routine, especially when you pair it with the benefits of all the other amazing ingredients you’ll find in our natural toothpaste!
Let’s take a closer look at these benefits.
is coconut oil good for your teeth?
Coconut oil is a naturally soothing and antimicrobial ingredient. In the world of oral care, research shows coconut oil contains certain fatty acids that have antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help reduce harmful oral microorganisms and break down plaque....consequently protecting your mouth against gum disease and cavities.
Let’s take a deeper dive into the effectiveness of coconut oil when paired with a natural, holistic oral care routine.
Flossing allows you to reach the 35% of your teeth that brushing can’t, so it’s kinda important! Pair that with the benefits of coconut oil, and you have a match made in oral care heaven. That’s exactly what our friends at Cocofloss have accomplished!
This natural, refillable floss created was designed with intention....its textured filaments scrub the hard-to-reach nooks of your teeth while its coconut oil coating fights bacteria and soothes your gums.
oil pulling with coconut oil
Oil pulling with coconut oil is a natural, concentrated, and effective alternative to conventional mouthwash. It’s another line of defense for your teeth.....cleaning those crevices, clearing out unwanted particles, balancing bacteria, distributing nutrients, and soothing your oral microbiome.
When practicing dental Ayurveda (an ancient, natural, and holistic approach to physical and mental health), oil pulling with coconut oil is considered an essential therapeutic practice. It’s believed to aid in the treatment of 30+ systemic diseases!
When swishing with coconut oil, the fatty acids work to naturally extract harmful substances from your teeth, gums, salivary glands and work to soothe+heal discomforts like ulcers, cavities, irritated gums, and damage from accidentally biting your lips/cheeks.
Research also shows that, because oil pulling activates your salivary enzymes, it has the potential to absorb the chemical, bacterial, and environmental toxins from your blood….helping to detoxify and purify your entire body.
On that note, if you’re looking to add coconut oil pulling to your oral care routine, we recommend this option from our friends at dr.tungs.
is there coconut in Davids?
Yes! Davids contains an ingredient derived from coconut material, but it’s not coconut oil.
You might be wondering why we haven’t recommended a coconut oil toothpaste to complete your coconut-powered oral care routine. That’s because we think Davids is the best natural toothpaste, even though it doesn’t contain coconut oil. Here’s why.
While the fatty acids in coconut oil present the benefits listed above, other essential oils are proven effective too! Specifically, the various mint oils found in Davids are known to balance the bacteria in your mouth, fight oral pathogens, soothe discomforts, reduce plaque, prevent gum disease, and leave your mouth feeling cool and minty fresh. Pair Davids with Cocofloss and coconut oil pulling, and you have the benefits of all of these oils combined!
There’s no conclusive evidence about the effectiveness of coconut oil for teeth whitening. However, there is evidence that these Davids ingredients can polish+whiten your smile:
- Baking soda: a well-known whitening ingredient that neutralizes plaque-forming acids in your mouth. It’s been proven effective in removing surface stains and whitening+polishing teeth.
- Hydrated silica: our naturally-derived, ultra-fine hydrated silica joins baking soda in the challenge to remove surface stains and further whiten your teeth. Davids contains only the highest quality, USA-made hydrated silica with ultra-fine microscopic particles, so it won’t harm your enamel while it gently exfoliates and polishes your pearly whites.
- Sodium cocyl glutamate: our spotlight ingredient derived from coconut material! Sodium cocyl glutamate is our alternative to SLS, the foaming chemical we intentionally leave out of our natural toothpaste. This alternative creates a mild foaming action which helps transport the other ingredients to the hard-to-reach places in your mouth…..facilitating the cleaning and whitening process.
So, while coconut oil has an array of benefits in the world of natural oral care, it’s not the end all be all! When you pair it with the other effective, natural ingredients in Davids, you create a holistic oral care routine that fights the bad and nourishes the good…...creating the optimal balance in your oral microbiome.