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Did You Know Turmeric Can Help You Get A Better Smile?

Posted on 3/21/2022 by Water's Edge Dental
Did You Know Turmeric Can Help You Get A Better Smile?Turmeric has been used for centuries in India as a spice, possessing powerful medicinal properties. Nowadays, many people are turning to the use of turmeric because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits. If you're looking to improve your oral health with this ancient herb, check out these ways that turmeric can benefit your oral care routine! 

Teeth whitening

This is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Whitening toothpaste can be effective, but many people prefer using strips or gels to make teeth appear whiter over time. Unfortunately, whitening products are expensive and may not even work on specific stains. Fortunately, turmeric is a safe alternative that you can use at home for more affordable results!

Turmeric contains curcuminoids which have powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals throughout your body to prevent oxidative damage from occurring within cells. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, this could cause staining and discomfort when eating hot foods such as soup or tea- turmeric's antioxidants may alleviate these symptoms by protecting against further tissue irritation.

Prevention of plaque formation and gingivitis

When plaque becomes trapped in the gums, it can cause inflammation and bleeding. This is a precursor to gum disease, which can eventually lead to heart disease if left untreated. A study published by the Journal of Periodontology found that curcumin from turmeric may help prevent periodontitis because of its ability to inhibit inflammatory reactions associated with plaque formation.

Fights infection

Turmeric may help fight infection because of its antioxidant properties. This is especially important for gum disease or other oral infections since antibiotics are often prescribed to treat bacterial overgrowth in the mouth.

Pain and inflammation management in the mouth

Turmeric is a natural analgesic that can help reduce pain and inflammation. This makes it beneficial for those with sensitive teeth, oral sores, or ulcers. Additionally, turmeric may be able to help reduce swelling associated with oral surgery procedures.

We've touched on the many powerful ways turmeric can help with oral health, but there is so much more to explore. If you want to learn about all of these benefits and how they work, please come in for a visit or call us at (208) 391-8554. We would love to answer any questions or hear your thoughts!

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