Researchers in the Athlone Institute of Technology in Dublin Ireland have been researching the effects on coconut oil on oral health. They have found that coconut oil kills most bacteria in the mouth and importantly the ones that cause tooth decay. The oil is also effective against Candida Albicans that causes thrush.
The team think that it should be added to commercial toothpastes. Indeed there are some makes available. You can also make it yourself. One recipe has coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint oil.
As poor dental health, gingivitis and thrush do affect diabetics more severely than many people perhaps this new finding can help.
(Reported in Naturally Healthy Issue 24 www/ait.ie/aboutaitandathlone/newsevents/pressreleases/2012pressreleases/title-16701-en.html)