Posted by ORGANIC INDIA USA on March 30, 2015
Can this bright orange-yellow spice actually whiten teeth? It seems so strange that something that has the tendency to instantly leave a yellow stain on almost everything that it comes into contact with could possibly be one of the more effective natural tooth whiteners, but it in fact may actually be true! There are dozens of blog postings popping up lately purporting that Turmeric powder works really well as a tooth whitener, and some indication from its traditional use in Ayurveda that could support this claim as well. In India, Turmeric root has been chewed, along with Neem twigs, to cleanse the teeth and mouth, and also as a main ingredient in traditional herbalized oil pulling mouth rinse recipes. Because Turmeric contains properties that support a healthy inflammatory response in the body, as well as natural antimicrobial properties it makes sense that it could be effective in oral health uses. But to whiten teeth? Quite possibly! And not just because the powder is mildly abrasive like baking soda, as one would assume. It might actually be because Turmeric is a rich source of some of the vitamins and minerals that are so important for helping teeth to re-mineralize, such as Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, and Selenium. Treating your teeth daily with the minerals they need may actually be one of the keys to a healthy, white smile! While scientific studies have yet to be performed, there seems promise in the anecdotal evidence popping up on the web regarding its oral health benefits. It also seems plausible that taking Turmeric as a supplement would help with oral health because it contains all those vitamins, minerals, and antimicrobial properties.
There are several methods of application used for tooth whitening:
One thing to know is that while Turmeric will not stain your teeth yellow, it will stain your toothbrush. But that seems like a small price to pay for a healthy white smile!
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