Ever noticed how Indians have the whitest teeth that you could almost see them shine in the dark!? 🙂 It must be something that they’re eating that makes their teeth so white. Spices! They use turmeric in almost every curry dish yet their teeth don’t get stained.
In the city, people are often rushing to get to work in the morning, not spending enough time caring for their teeth and consuming food and beverages that heavily stain their teeth, such as coffee.
Commercially Prepared Teeth Whiteners
Dental hygiene companies advertise toothpaste that whitens your teeth, but these have been shown to cause damage to your tooth enamel when used regularly.
Other side effects of commercial teeth whiteners include teeth sensitivity and gum damage due to irritation of soft tissue in the mouth. In some cases, the side effects caused by teeth whitening products are irreversible.
There are many reasons to switch from commercial, store-bought products to natural teeth whiteners. Aside from the fact that store-bought products contain ingredients that are harmful to your oral health, natural teeth whiteners will provide a more effective cleaning for your teeth.
Natural Teeth Whitener
This recipe uses turmeric powder, a spice that has proven to provide many benefits for oral health.
According to a study conducted by the Indian Society of Periodontology, turmeric was shown to be just as effective as a mouthwash when it came to oral health.
Turmeric was shown to be incredibly effective at preventing plaque build-up and gingivitis and had noticeable anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric was also bio-compatible with all of the subjects who used it, meaning that they did not suffer from any side effects.
Virgin coconut oil is also an important addition to this natural teeth whitener due to its antimicrobial properties. Various strains of bacteria have been shown to be inhibited by the medium-chain fatty acids that are derived from virgin coconut oil, making it the perfect supplement to put in oral hygiene products in order to prevent infections and gum disease.
- 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon or 2 capsules of turmeric powder
- 1-2 drops of peppermint oil
Note: To make in big amount, multiply the above quantity accordingly. Store your turmeric toothpaste in a jar with lid, in your bathroom. It can last for months.
- Mix the ingredients until it forms a thick paste.
- Apply the mixture to your toothbrush as you would with regular toothpaste. Brush teeth as normal.
- Let the turmeric-toothpaste sit on your teeth for three to five minutes, allowing the whitening and anti-bacterial properties of the paste to really come into affect.
- Spit out the excess paste and rinse out your mouth
Turmeric can often stain anything that it comes into contact with. However, it whitens teeth beautifully. Note though, that it doesn’t whiten dentures and cosmetic teeth!
When done properly, you should notice your teeth beginning to whiten within the next few days. Now you have an all-natural teeth whitening toothpaste that has many benefits for your oral health.