Coconut oil has been found to be the most effective of several natural oils in destroying common mouth bacteria in a recent study conducted at the Athlone Institute of Technology.
Enzyme-modified Coconut Oil, The Toothpaste of The Future
The researchers discovered that coconut oil prevents the growth of the majority of harmful mouth bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans, when treated with digestive enzymes (just as it would when ingested).
The thing with S. mutans is that it produces acid, which is the major contributor to tooth decay, and affects 60-90% of children and a large number of adults in industrialized countries.
Although plain coconut oil is extremely beneficial for fighting bacteria, new research reveals that enzyme-treated coconut oil is even more efficient, and may potentially destroy Candida Albicans, the yeast that triggers thrush.