Using Turmeric for Dental Care and Hygiene
Posted on 4/26/2021 by Dynamic Dental Office
|Turmeric is a yellow-colored spice and medicinal herb that has been used in the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years. But it is only recently that science decided to catch up with ancient knowledge, and today, many scientific studies are proving the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of this herb.
According to one study, molecules that cause inflammation in our body like; phospholipase, leukotrienes, thromboxane are inhibited by curcumin (a yellow-colored chemical that is present in turmeric and gives the herb its bright yellow color).
In another study, published in the Journal of Young Investigators, it was shown that “turmeric has potent antioxidant and antimicrobial” properties because when used on ß -carotene-linoleate aßay, turmeric exhibited 92.3% antioxidant activity, and when tested against the gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, it was observed that turmeric inhibited the growth of pathogens.
As of recent, turmeric is becoming popular as a home remedy for dental problems. Using turmeric for dental care and hygiene has the following benefits:
Turmeric on its own does not whiten teeth. However, when mixed with other bleaching ingredients like baking soda, lemon, coconut oil, and tea tree oil, it can make a really good homemade, teeth whitening toothpaste and prove to be beneficial for your teeth and gums.
Some other 100% natural toothpaste manufacturers combine turmeric with calcium carbonate and hydrated silica to boost the oral health of their customers.
According to a study published in The Journal of the American Dental Aßociation, it is the sodium bicarbonate and calcium bicarbonate in these natural toothpaste that effectively remove the stains from our teeth. Turmeric acts as a buffer to prevent bacterial growth and infections, especially when people brush too hard and injure their gums.
Turmeric is a tried and tested remedy for reducing inflammation and pain. For oral diseases like canker sores and gingivitis, turmeric is effective in reducing inflammation in and around the affected area. A study was published in 2012 in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, which found that the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of turmeric are helpful in preventing gingivitis and reducing inflammation in the gums.
Prevents Oral Diseases
Most oral diseases are caused by the accumulation of harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi in our mouths and on our teeth and gums. The acid-producing bacteria that are present in our saliva cause plaque buildup and tartar formation, which eventually leads to tooth decay. On the other hand, diseases like oral thrush and other noncandidal oral mycoses are caused by fungi that lead to minor to severe fungal infections in the mouth.
Along with having antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties, turmeric is also an effective antibacterial and anti-fungal medicine. It helps prevent oral diseases that are caused by harmful bacteria and fungi.
For your regular dental checkups and treatment, visit us at Dynamic Dental Care. Dr. Huish and can help boost your dental care and hygiene.