Findings in a recent study have claimed that coconut oil is efficient enough to fight against bacteria, which are major causes of tooth decay.
A team of researchers from the Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland, conducted this study, during which they analyzed the antibacterial properties of natural coconut oil and then, treated it with enzymes.
Further, it was discovered that the enzymes treated oil was capable of restricting the growth of Streptococcus bacteria and also Streptococcus mutans, which produces acid that erodes the teeth and hence, tooth decay.
Further testing in the same regards, demonstrated that the enzyme treated oil was also potential enough to combat yeast Candida albicans that is the root cause of fungal infection in mouth called thrush.
Damien Brady who is leading the research at Athlone asserted that dental problems are majorly not given much of the importance, which affects 60 to 90% of children and significant number of adults living in developing or developed countries.
However, these findings have paved way for use of coconut oil in toothpastes or mouthwash.
According to Athlone, "Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations and increasing antibiotic resistance".
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