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Does coconut oil really fix cavities?

I am a 24 year old female. I wonder if coconut oil really fixes cavities?

6 Answers

Coconut oil may pull some impurities out of the mouth and may kill bacteria and reduce the risk of cavities forming. Coconut oil will not reverse existing cavities though as a cavity is due to the loss of minerals due to acid leaching of minerals from the teeth. Coconut oil will not put more minerals back in the tooth. Also, reversing cavities can only be done with minerals until the cavity breaks through the outer shell of enamel, at which time the foundation for the enamel in that spot is too weak and the enamel cavitates in. This can only be repaired with fillings at that point.

Dr. Bishop
I’ve been practicing for 30 years and have never heard of coconut oil as being effective in cavity management.
*Coconut oil* attacks the harmful bacteria in your mouth. It can reduce plaque buildup, prevent *tooth* decay and fight gum disease. For these reasons, *oil* pulling or brushing your *teeth* with *coconut oil* can significantly improve oral and dental health.
Absolutely not.
Not just "No," but, "Hell, no!"
Thanks for asking!!
I have never seen any research to confirm that it would slow the progression of dental carries. It certainly would not "fix" or restore or replace the tooth structure lost to the invasive decay.