A New Discovery in Dental Research

The team from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland say that Coconut Oil may work as a natural antibiotic.  This discovery is fascinating for dental professionals and patients because one of the primary lines of bacteria that it has been shown to fight strains of Streptococcus bacteria which are common inhabitants of the mouth.

Coconut oil has been tested for the antibacterial action of coconut oil in its natural state and coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion. The oils were tested against strains They found that enzyme-modified coconut oil strongly inhibited the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria including Streptococcus mutans - an acid-producing bacterium that is a major cause of tooth decay.