mindgarden saidGood grief. Surely you guys realize that this is just internet bullshit...I can't cite the exact mechanism but I believe that the lauricidin in coconut oil has a unique ability to penetrate some gram negative, but most gram positive bacteria and a similar effect on many viruses.
OK, let's assume that you don't know anything about bacterial cell surfaces, or the hydrophobicity of polysaccharide biofilms.
You should be able to figure out that if this actually worked, you could clean your teeth just by eating a greasy burger.
Yes, more technobabble please!
What he's saying is that there is a tiny amount of detergent in coconut oil that, if it were purified out, and concentrated, could have antimicrobial properties. Nothing "unique" about it. Pretty much the same stuff that's in toothpaste at much higher concentrations. However, before it could affect bacteria, it would first have to emulsify all that oil. That's like trying to heat a blimp hangar by waving a Bic lighter at it from a different building.