Coconut oil is an all-natural oil that has been extracted from the meat of mature coconuts, and is an increasingly popular product found in homes all over America. Dentist in Newberg Dr. Jennifer McLeod encourages patients of all ages to use the best products available that help maintain good dental health.
It appears that coconut oil is one product that can help kids and adults maintain a healthy smile. Here are several different ways that coconut oil can help you stay healthy and strong, including your teeth!
Coconut Oil Benefits Overall Health
Whatever you do to improve your overall health will effect the health of your smile. This includes using coconut oil, which has been found to benefit the body in many ways. Over several years of study, researchers have discovered that coconut oil:
- Improves Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
- Helps or Heals skin diseases such as acne, fungal infections, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema
- Increases metabolism and promotes weight loss
- Kills Candida fungus, bacteria and viruses
- Provides the body with efficient energy and preserves muscle mass
How to Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil generally comes in a solid form that can be scooped out and melted as needed for baking, cooking, or general use. It can be taken internally on a daily basis and used externally on the body. There are literally hundreds of ways to use coconut oil every day.
Coconut Oil in Your Diet – Using coconut oil can help your body absorb nutrients, which in turn helps your dental and overall health. Melt a tablespoon or two and add it to smoothies. You can use coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio when replacing other oils/butter in recipes for baking, cooking, and sauteing. You can also eat coconut oil directly, starting with a tablespoon a day.
Coconut Oil for the Skin – There are many ways to use coconut oil to heal skin and keep it healthy. Scoop coconut oil out of the jar and use as a moisturizer or eye cream before going to bed. Prep skin for shaving and to heal skin after shaving. Use coconut oil as a gentle and thorough makeup remover and as an alternative to lip gloss or chapstick.
Coconut Oil for Your Smile – Coconut oil makes an excellent base for an all-natural toothpaste. The most basic recipe is to mix it with baking soda and dab some on your toothbrush for a clean and refreshed smile.
Coconut Oil to Heal – Coconut oil is well known as a nourisher of skin damaged by sun or by ailments like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. This substance can also be put onto wounds such as bug bites and sunburns to provide relief and accelerated healing.
People who swear by coconut oil buy it in 5-gallon buckets, but you might just want to head to an all-natural food store and try it out before buying a whole bunch of it. It is convenient to store, lasting for up to two years in the pantry, and remaining good for your overall health.
Your overall health is important to everyone at Newberg Family Dental. Call us at (503) 278-4281 to schedule an appointment with Newberg dentist Dr. McLeod and her team at Newberg Family Dental for a healthy smile!