Coconut oil to battle tooth decay

Sunday, April 28th, 2013 | In Health | Tags: ,

Coconut oil to battle tooth decay
~ Coconut oil to battle tooth decay ~

Coconut oil may soon be added to dental care products after new research finds it attacks the bacteria behind tooth decay. In the research tested the antibacterial action of coconut oil in its natural state and coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion.

Findings revealed that the enzyme-treated oils strongly inhibited the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria, including S. mutans, the strain responsible for tooth decay. In additional testing, they also found that coconut oil attacks the yeast that causes thrush.

The researchers presented their findings at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn Conference at the University of Warwick. In a press release, they suggest that “enzyme-modified coconut oil has potential as a marketable antimicrobial, which could be of particular interest to the oral healthcare industry”.

Meanwhile, UCLA School of Dentistry scientists in the US are developing what they call a “smart bomb” mouthwash that targets only S. mutans, leaving healthy bacteria behind. They wide out all bacteria in the mouth including the 99.9% that are good bacteria, the new mouthwash claims to only kill the harmful strain.

Information via AFP-Relaxnews.


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