From spending a good chunk of change at the dentist’s office, to buying whitening strips, to lathering our teeth in lemon juice and baking soda, we have all tried to find the best ways to keep our smile nice and white. With society’s new focus on natural and organic lifestyles, many of us seek to find affordable and natural ways to whiten our teeth—that way we aren’t causing potential harm to our enamel and gums with the use of overpowering synthetic chemicals.
Luckily for your smile, there is a natural way to whiten your teeth. Turmeric, a bold Southeast Asian spice used traditionally in Indian dishes, has been used for oral hygiene for centuries. Not only can it whiten your teeth, but it also provides a number of other benefits for your oral health.
First and foremost, it’s important to note that turmeric as a teeth whitener has not been proven by scientific research. Most of its reputation has been established by word of mouth, with many people using turmeric regularly on their teeth and attesting to a noticeable difference in the whiteness of their smile. Although your teeth won’t be brilliantly white, they will be lighter and less yellow than they were before.
Many oral professionals believe turmeric helps whiten teeth because of its abrasive texture. Basically, this means turmeric is a rough spice and can help scratch off layers of plaque and other substances that have begun to discolor your pearly whites.
“But aren’t there other natural whiteners that aren’t so rough?”—yes, there are. However, the main ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which has been scientifically proven to reduce plaque build-up and combat harmful bacteria that lead to gum disease and inflammation. Some research even suggests that turmeric can kill oral cancer cells. So, with these benefits in addition to whitening your teeth, why not just try it?
How do I use turmeric to whiten my teeth?
There are a couple of different ways to use turmeric to whiten your teeth:
- Dip your wet toothbrush in a spoonful of turmeric—This method will stain your toothbrush, so just be cautious. However, it is the most direct method and doesn’t involve mixing the turmeric with other substances.
- Mix turmeric with coconut oil—You can create a toothpaste with coconut oil for an all-natural, bacteria-fighting and teeth whitening experience. Take 1/4 of a teaspoon of turmeric and mix it with 1/8 teaspoon of coconut oil.