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Thoughts on coconut oil as toothpaste replacement? ingested regularly? as a substitute for coming oil or margarine or butter? healthy as they claim?

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Dr. Jonathan Kameros
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 53 years experience
No: toothpaste has ingredients that will clean your teeth with mild abrasives. Coconut oil does not have these materials and is not a good toothpaste.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
No: Toothpastes are formulated to help clean, whiten, prevent cavities, reduce gum disease, etc. Your Dentist can help you pick the right one for your needs. Oil Pulling, swishing with oil for a full. 20 minutes twice a day does not have positive well refereed scientific studies to prove their effectiveness, some toothpastes do. And besides, all that oil cannot be good for your heart, arteries.

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