In today’s world, man-made chemicals are prominent in many substances we use. This includes the substances we use to take care of our oral hygiene, like mouthwash. But, it is important to ask yourself, “Is there something more natural that can work just as well, if not better?”
The answer to that question is “yes.” For centuries, people have used natural remedies, most of which are derived from herbs and other plants, to take care of simple ailments, including gingivitis. Turmeric, a bold yellow spice native to southeast Asia, has been used for millennia to treat a wide variety of afflictions. Since the herb has been eaten and ingested for all of this time, eventually people caught on to the benefits it provides for oral hygiene.
Is it really better than chemical mouthwash?
Current studies of the effects of turmeric mouthwash have consistently proven that turmeric contributes to oral hygiene better than traditional chemical mouthwashes. So far, this recent research suggests that turmeric produces better results for gingivitis by alleviating its symptoms and fighting its causes. Gingivitis is caused by bacterial plaque and its most severe symptoms include swelling and bleeding in the gums, which typically cause bad breath as well.
One study that compared the effects of turmeric mouthwash to a common chlorhexidine mouthwash found that even with a lower concentration of turmeric (the turmeric mouthwash had a 1 percent concentration while the chlorhexidine had a 2 percent concentration), people who used the turmeric mouthwash experienced less swelling and bleeding in the gums. In fact, these participants had less bacterial activity and plaque overall after using the turmeric mouthwash.
Are there other ways turmeric helps with oral hygiene?
Various studies suggest that turmeric mouthwash can kill oral cancer cells. More amazingly, some of those studies have found that turmeric may even be able to kill oral cancer cells that have shown resistance to chemotherapy. However, scientists are still unsure as to how exactly this occurs.
What causes turmeric to be so effective?
The most active component of turmeric is a substance called curcumin. This is the substance responsible for the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric mouthwash. Curcumin also reduces plaque build-up, which is why the turmeric mouthwash was proven so effective in battling gingivitis.
Additionally, many chemical types of mouthwash have adverse side effects for many people. There have even been cases where people who have used chlorhexidine mouthwash have gone into anaphylactic shock after ingesting the chemical. Turmeric provides a natural, safer alternative to chemical mouthwashes as is does not contain such harmful side effects.