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Add Some Spice (and Extra Benefits) to Your Oral Care with Turmeric

Turmeric is the superfood of the spice world. From its anti-inflammatory properties to the antioxidants, there are many benefits to your health when you add it to your diet. But did you know that the health benefits extend to your teeth? The magic compound is curcumin, which holds much of the medicinal benefits, as well as the distinct yellow color.

Whitening Powers

Do you like whitening your teeth at home? Have you tried charcoal, clay, baking soda or other natural methods to whiten your teeth? Turmeric may have a bright yellow hue, but it could be the next thing to whiten your teeth. You can make a paste with coconut oil and baking soda. Be sure to consult with your dentist as abrasive powders can damage your tooth enamel if not used as recommended.

Plaque and Gingivitis

Do you have plaque buildup? Turmeric can help stop the formation of plaque. Are your gums inflamed? Gingivitis is one of the most common dental issues that impacts millions of Americans. Gingivitis is the first phase of gum disease where your gums become swollen or bleed. You can make a paste that includes turmeric to apply to your gums to help with inflammation. Curcumin can be powerful as anti-inflammatory drugs. In addition to gingivitis, turmeric can be beneficial with chronic inflammation from numerous diseases.

Oral Cancer

Curcumin has been shown to help decrease cancerous cells. Not only can it decrease the cells, but it can help prevent cancer by regularly adding it to your diet. Oral cancer is projected to impact tens of thousands of people this year. The American Cancer Society has seen a rise in oropharyngeal cancer linked to HPV infection in both men and women. Oral cancer can appear in your mouth, gums and tongue. It’s important to consult with your dentist and get regular checkups to maintain your oral health.

You can consume turmeric in a multitude of ways to get these benefits. You can add the spice to the food you eat, there are turmeric teas, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. Whenever you are changing your dental routine, you should discuss the changes with your dentist.

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