Is Coconut Oil Better Than Toothpaste?

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Curejoy Expert Claude Butler Explains:

Coconut oil is excellent for your gums and brushing teeth with coconut oil regularly can eliminate bleeding and sore gums. The oil kills bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis and if you have gingivitis, you might want to massage some coconut oil into your gums regularly, in addition to using it in your toothpaste.

Moreover, brushing your tongue with coconut oil helps with thrush-a fungal problem localized in the mouth, and to boot, coconut oil has been found to stop and even reverse some tooth decay.

Irish scientists have tested coconut oil samples on steptococcus mutans- the bacteria that glues to our teeth and causes dental erosion. They found that coconut oil is an effective way to kill this bacteria.

A guide research claim that if coconut oil, modified with chemical additives, is put into dental hygiene products it can be the most powerful tool against bacteria and other harmful substances that attack our teeth.

[Read: Finding the Best Natural Toothpaste]

A Simple Coconut Oil Toothpaste Recipe

You will need:

  • 6 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (warm enough to be liquid, which means above 76 degrees F)
  • 10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil


Put baking soda in a bowl, add the other ingredients and mix until you achieve a proper paste texture. Add a small amount of baking soda if it’s runny; add more coconut oil if it’s too dry. Taste, and add more essential oil if you want a more flavorful paste. Store in an opaque container (required to protect the hydrogen peroxide) and brush your teeth with coconut oil tooth paste.


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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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DorthaLynn 5pts

How do I share this on Facebook?

Madhu Rudresh
Madhu Rudresh 5pts

Thanks a lot everyone for the reply and the useful information given for oil pulling with coconut oil.

Nellie Dave
Nellie Dave 5pts

yes organic salt we use clean the teeth

Ayurveda 5pts

We have responded to your query please check in the above comment! :)

Ayurveda 5pts

Coconut oil pulling is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums!

Leisa Clark
Leisa Clark 5pts

Oil pulling is another way of releasing toxins in.your body. Antibacterial and helps with bad breath.

Cindy Candy
Cindy Candy 5pts

Coco Medina hasta para los dientes puedes usar el coconut oil

Angi Rankin
Angi Rankin 5pts

Using coconut oil has helped my sensitivity and whitened my teeth in just 2 weeks

Nellie Dave
Nellie Dave 5pts

coconut oil how can help to remove the dirty in the teeth better use salt it can help to get strong ur teeth and whiter

Esther Toni Parra
Esther Toni Parra 5pts

I use it. It whitens my teeth. Hard to switch for 15 minutes though.

AndreaHaq 5pts

Easiest way to do it for 15 minutes is booty to swish fast like you do with mouthwash but slow pace and keep busy while doing it and spit it out in toilet to avoid clogging the drains.

Madhu Rudresh
Madhu Rudresh 5pts

Curejoy Ayurveda..please answer..what are the benifits of oil pulling using coconut oil..

Madhu Rudresh
Madhu Rudresh 5pts

Hi..its nice to know that some people follow this oil pulling..i also used to do so...as it was tikd its very good by my grandmother and also my mother....but stopped in between..i would like to know if any one knows what are the benifits by doing so...i also asked Curejoy Ayurveda..but I din't get any reply...so someone please answer...thanku

Javier Ureña
Javier Ureña 5pts

I am starting coconut oil pulling, started noticing less than preferred white tones on my teeth, so giving this a try ... I already use the best Ayurveda Toothpaste out there to stay away from chemicals. Hint: oil will feel tempting, but try not to swallow it (Swishing for 15 minutes)...

Deepa Demes
Deepa Demes 5pts

I know its value but i haven't reached that stage to forgo the traditional commercial toothpaste ;)

Rue Foley
Rue Foley 5pts

Shirley Whosoever, I know you are trying this out, thought you would like this article !

Sybille Ruschmeier
Sybille Ruschmeier 5pts

virgin coconut oil is anti- fungal, anti- viral, anti- bacterial and fights parasites. use it as tooth paste, and for oil- pulling by swishing it around in your mouth for 15 min and then spit it out. U can stop a beginning cold by gurgling with it. Great for hair, skin and nails AND awesome for cooking because it has a very high smoking point. The fats r mostly Medium Chain Trigycerides which are excellent. Just make sure that it is the kind that is virgin, cold pressed and unrefined!

Cassie Doyle
Cassie Doyle 5pts

I know coconut oil is way better than conditioner

Geselle Huglin
Geselle Huglin 5pts

I tried using a toothpaste recipe with coconut oil, baking soda, and activated charcoal, and it was nasty :(

Lisa Pappalardo Saad
Lisa Pappalardo Saad 5pts

Well I like my toothpaste but I think this would be perfect for my dogs teeth. It has no toxic chemicals for dogs to swallow

Siddharth Gupta
Siddharth Gupta 5pts

I use seasame oil and coconut oil alternate days for oil pull

Tanja Janssen
Tanja Janssen 5pts

everyday i use coconutoil with bakingsoda!! it works! healthy teeth and gums

Uniquely Devine
Uniquely Devine 5pts

@Paige just because you did t like it doesnt mean it doesnt work..it dkesnt take a rocket scientist or a kid to realize that tooth paste if not organic is full of chemicals. That are absorbed into the gums. Down into the blood stream..which could later cause pockets into the lymphs. Then later you need to flush your blood.

Vivekanand Halady
Vivekanand Halady 5pts

Now Colgate will come out with an ad, " kya Aap ke paste me coconut oil hai kya"?

Snježana Čuturilo
Snježana Čuturilo 5pts

Big fan of the coconut oil, not so much the peppermint oil for that purpose.