The Benefits of Turmeric for Your Oral Health

You will be surprised how many medicinal properties turmeric have. It’s considered to be by researchers to be one of the most powerful superfoods in the world! Turmeric has a lot of health benefits, from arthritis and chronic pain relief, anti-inflammatory components, and digestive properties.

Its yellowish-orange tint comes from a unique chemical component called curcumin, and it’s been used by Indians and Chinese for over a thousand years. That alone has to tell you something about how good turmeric is for your health.

However, there has been a recent surge of medical research that claims that turmeric actually has a ton of oral health benefits. If you’re having issues with your dental condition, you might find turmeric to be incredibly helpful.

With that said, here are 5 oral health benefits of turmeric.


Teeth whitening

Activated charcoal and baking soda have been the methods of choice for DIY teeth whitening, but they might not be the best choices any more. Turmeric has a natural teeth-whitening property, which is rather surprising considering its vibrant color.

We recommend turmeric whitening mixture. You can make this at home by combining turmeric powder, coconut oil, and baking soda together in a bowl. Once it’s thoroughly mixed, apply it on the surface of your teeth and let it sit for 2 to 5 minutes then rinse it off and brush your teeth as normal. Do this for a few days every month, and you will see a big difference in the shade of your teeth.

On a side note, you should use a different toothbrush for this process, as the bristles might be stained with a yellow tint. It’s an alternative whitening method that’s not as invasive on your teeth and gum like other types of whitening method.


Pain/inflammation management

Turmeric is known to act as a natural pain reliever, which is highly beneficial for dentists. It’s already been used in the dentistry field, as it’s one of the active ingredients in a fissure-sealant mouthwash, which is used to prevent and treat early stages of a cavity.

It can also act as an anti-inflammatory agent by reducing pro-inflammatory histamine levels while increasing the production of natural inflammation-suppressing cortisone in the body.

Curcumin is also found to be as effective as the steroid treatment for inflammatory, making it a risk-free option for patients.

Due to these wonderful natural abilities of turmeric, it’s not hard to see why it’s widely accepted as a treatment for a toothache, cavity and gum infection.


Fights infection

The Indian “golden milk tea” has been around for over a thousand years, and it’s been found to be very effective at treating a mild oral infection. It has a lot of benefits, from antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant properties. It’s a natural alternative to medical mouthwash.

Both the turmeric toothpaste and mouthwash are perfect for curing early stages of infection and for improving your overall dental health.


How to use turmeric for oral and dental health

You can use turmeric in a number of ways, from dry powder, tea, oil, capsule, tablets or liquid medicine.


Here are some medically approved ways to treat these dental issues with turmeric.

  • For dental pain: Massage aching teeth with roasted, ground turmeric.
  • For gum concerns (like gingivitis and periodontitis): Topically apply turmeric to the gums twice daily to provide relief via a paste made from 1 teaspoon of turmeric, ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of mustard oil.
  • For reduction of plaque and inflammation: use turmeric-based mouthwash for up to 60 seconds. This helps to reduce inflammation and plaque buildup.


Final thoughts on turmeric and oral health

If you’re concerned about the chemicals you’re exposed to daily, especially for your dental care, you might want to consider using turmeric as an all-natural alternative. Not only that you will be seeing a huge improvement in your oral health, but your overall health is going to be benefitted as well.

Chris Azzari

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