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Tooth decay has become a major problem in the U.S., which is concerning considering that there are millions of Americans without dental insurance. Researchers have increased their efforts to search for things that help fight this dental health issue, and now, it appears as though coconut oil may be a new weapon in this battle.
According to researchers from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, coconut oil treated with enzymes slows the growth of Streptococcus bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans. This acid-producing bacterium is a major cause of tooth decay.
Study authors stated that 60 to 90 percent of children in industrialized countries and the majority of adults experience tooth decay, and yet, this is still a commonly overlooked problem. They hope that further research will show that coconut oil could be used as an alternative to chemical additives that are used in many dental health products. Tooth decay-causing bacteria has also been increasingly antibiotic resistant, which is why it's important to find natural alternatives to help inhibit their growth.
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