The benefits of turmeric for oral health
There is a reason why turmeric is acknowledged as a superfood. Though it’s a spice, it has one of the most impressive healing capabilities that you would ever come across for a food. And if it comes to oral health, turmeric’s is also known for its clinically proven healing and prevention benefits.
There are various researchers who have proven turmeric to be a great oral health booster, deeming it as an anti-inflammatory with the ability to reverse issues like mouth cancer and gingivitis. The more recent development on Turmeric and its oral benefits includes turmeric’s ability to reverse precancerous changes in the mouth. The fact that turmeric has been studied so extensively that doctors now suggest us to add it to our daily diet.
The spice, though used more commonly for curries, has an eclectic taste that could easily blend with eggs, fish, smoothies and salads. A 2008 study published in the Indian Journal of Dental Research indicates at the numerous benefits of using turmeric for dental problems. According to the findings of the paper, rinsing mouth with turmeric water (5g of turmeric powder, two dried leaves of guava, two cloves and 200ml of water) can give instant relief against inflammation. Other dental applications of turmeric include:
- Massaging roasted ground turmeric can eliminate swelling and pain.
- To make the gums and teeth strong, apply a powder of burnt turmeric and bishop’s weed seed.
- To get relief from periodontitis and gingivitis, make a paste of turmeric, salt, and mustard oil and apply on the teeth and gums. Repeat twice, daily.
Turmeric and chronic periodontitis
In another study published in the Journal of India Society of Periodontology, the effects of turmeric gel were compared with those of scaling and rooting planting on gingival inflammation, plaque and bleeding on probing pocket depth. The findings of the study concluded turmeric as an effective agent for significantly removing inflammation, plaque and bleeding on probing pocket depth.
There are many other studies corroborating on the aforementioned characteristics of turmeric. In a 2013 study published in the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, turmeric has been recognized as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and a viable irrigant for the treatment of chronic periodontitis.
Turmeric as a mouthwash
In a study by Waghmare, et al, 100 subjects were given a mouth washed prepared by dissolving 10mg of turmeric extract with 100ml of distilled water and 0.005% peppermint oil. It was concluded that the turmeric-based mouthwash was equally effective as it’s chlorhexidine-based counterpart.
Having known all that aforementioned, it’s time that you make turmeric a part of your daily diet. You can save tons by reducing the number of visits to your dentists by a following a regime that includes turmeric in form or another. Start today!