Coconut oil comes from the harvesting of mature coconuts, taken directly from the “meat” of this fruit. It has a wide range of health benefits that extend to healthy teeth and gums. Portland dentists Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow and their staff at Mt. Tabor Dental encourage patients of all ages to stay in good overall health to help maintain good dental health.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is widely known as an all-natural way to maintain good overall and dental health. Coconut oil is antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and naturally improves nutrient absorption in the body. It can be taken internally and used externally on the body to promote health and healing. In fact, coconut oil can be stored in various rooms in the house for regular use.
Coconut Oil in the Kitchen
Just like butter and other oils, coconut oil can be used in many recipes. It is most widely used for sauteing, frying, and baking. To use it in recipes, simply substitute it for the butter or oil you usually use in a 1:1 ratio.
Because of its consistency, coconut oil can also be used in smoothies – melt down a tablespoon or two and add it to the blender for an extra boost of energy!
Coconut Oil in the Bathroom
Coconut oil is not just for cooking in the kitchen. There are many ways to use coconut oil in the bathroom, including for a bright and healthy smile. Make your own toothpaste with a basic recipe that includes mixing coconut oil with baking soda. The solid form of the coconut oil mimics the texture of toothpaste while the baking soda naturally scrubs teeth.
Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer for skin, a conditioner for dry or frizzed hair, as an eye cream, a deodorant, and to treat skin before or after shaving. Simply scoop it out of the jar and rub gently on your skin.
Coconut Oil on the Go
Coconut oil can be used to heal a wide range of ailments, taken internally and externally. Taking up to 3 to 4 tablespoons a day is known to boost metabolism, help the body control blood sugar and insulin, and preserve muscle mass. If you’re on vacation and having fun with the family, it can be used as a simple chapstick or as a salve to heal skin burned by the sun. It can also be used as an insect repellant and to treat skin problems, nail fungus, athletes foot, headlice, digestive problems, and inflammation.
Coconut oil is convenient, easy to find, and affordable to use every day. Dentists in Portland Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow are not only concerned about your dental health, they also care about your overall health. Call Mt. Tabor Dental at (503) 236-1449 to schedule your appointment for a regular check up!