June 2012: Teya Skae, Kinesiologist/Nutritionist/Lecturer, M.A., B.A., ATMS. AKA Dip Health Sciences Dip Clinical Nutrition suggests it's time virgin coconut oil had a complete image makeover. Read this file first, then this file , then the final file for some interesting information.
Research has suggested coconut oil fights tooth decay and could find its way into toothpaste and mouthwash. Scientists found that when the oil was treated with digestive enzymes it became a powerful killer of mouth bugs. The bacteria it attacked included Streptococcus mutans
, an acid producing microbe that is a major cause of tooth decay. Tests already suggest enzyme-treated coconut oil is harmful to the yeast Candida albicans
, the cause of thrush. The findings were presented at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting at Warwick University.