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How Turmeric Benefits Oral and Dental Health

According to an estimate by the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017, oral diseases impact close to 3.5 billion people worldwide. 

What’s more worrisome is the treatment cost. According to the World Health Organization, oral health conditions are usually NOT part of UHC or universal health coverage. 

Oral diseases might appear benign & not very harmful but they are a major public health crisis for many countries. It causes pain, discomfort, and in some cases, death. 

Furthermore, your oral health is in fact a window to your overall health. It can contribute to diseases like endocarditis, cardiovascular diseases, and pneumonia! Even your overall health affects oral health. For example, certain drugs used for the treatment of osteoporosis can cause damage to the bones of the jaw.

Given that oral health is an expensive venture & has a significant impact on our health, it becomes imperative to find solutions which are economical, right?

& enters the revered superfood- Turmeric 🙂

Turmeric has been a part of our lives since the time immemorial, especially in the Asian culture of India & China. The yellow spice has played its role as a medicine, food, & as a cultural symbol for a long time.

With little to no side effects, turmeric has already proven its mantle as an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, & antioxidant agent in treating diseases like arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, depression. 

But what if we told you turmeric can be as effective as modern pharmaceutical solutions even for your oral health? That it can help manage serious diseases like gingivitis & periodontitis?

In this article, we present to you Ozia’s brief guide on how turmeric benefits oral & dental health. 

How Is Turmeric Effective For Gum Diseases? 

Turmeric has many chemical compounds called curcuminoids. However, one that stands out is curcumin. 

Curcumin is effective in the treatment of inflammation caused due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It has even proven its effectiveness in blocking growth of certain kinds of tumors. 

In addition to the above qualities, curcumin has the potential to fight against many oral & dental issues. In their paper on “Role of Curcumin In Systematic & Oral Health: An Overview”, Monika Nagpal & Shaveta Sood identify multiple uses:

Dental pain is often unbearable & it is important to attend to it. How about some roasted turmeric?
  1. We have all been there – the unbearable, irritating dental pain 🙁

What can you do? Simply rub your teeth with roasted, ground turmeric to eliminate any pain & swelling. 

Easy & convenient, right?

  1. Get relief from gingivitis & periodontitis with this simple DIY recipe!

Use paste made with ½ tsp salt+½ tsp mustard oil+1 tsp turmeric. Recommended use- twice/day. 

  1. Turmeric mouthwash- An unheard use of turmeric so far but this is a great counterpart to our day to day chemical counterparts because regular mouthwash kills the good bacteria too, causing harm in the long run to our body. 

In fact, a 2011 study by PF Waghmare & colleagues, turmeric mouthwash proved that it is as effective as chlorhexidine gluconate in preventing plaque formation. 

Moreover, according to WebMD, turmeric is highly effective in reducing plaque & inflammation of gums. It even reduces bacteria causing cavities. With turmeric by your side, you can entertain your sweet tooth without fear of getting that black cavity 😀

The Clinical Efficacy of Curcumin

Yes, curcumin is awesome but there’s a small issue. Curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body, a phenomenon known as low bioavailability. Its poor absorption often makes curcumin’s clinical efficacy questionable. 

But the scientific world has all the solutions for you. For example, curcumin is mixed with an enzyme called bromelain. 

Ozia’s turmeric candy is 24 times more bioavailable than turmeric products!

Similarly, another effective method is utilizing all kinds of curcuminoids found in turmeric beyond curcumin. 

A good example of other compounds beyond curcumin are- demethoxycurcumin (DMC), bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC), and tetrahydrocurcumin. 

Tetrahydrocurcumin has more bioavailability than curcumin and is being studied as an anti-cancer remedy. More research into DMC, BDMC, and tetrahydrocurcumin is happening as we write about it. The results are promising. 

By utilizing the curcuminoids spectrum, the turmeric bioavailability can be improved, effortlessly. 

& here’s a good news for you 😀 

Ozia’s turmeric candy is 24 times more bioavailable than standard turmeric products. It means that you can use our turmeric candy for your oral and dental health without worrying about it going to waste due to low absorption issues! 

Brownie Points Of Using Turmeric For Your Teeth!

Yes, there’s more. 

In recent times, turmeric has become a really popular home remedy to get those bright & shining teeth! 

A remarkable study by Crest Whitestrips revealed the following:

White teeth are not just beautiful but can be a great source of power. From landing your dream job to the perfect date, white teeth have strong benefits. 

Undeniably, it’s true. We can all agree that a good smile can change our entire day 🙂

So how to use turmeric for teeth whitening purposes? Glad you asked. The most popular ones are:

  1. DIY turmeric toothpaste- You can make homemade paste by simply adding ¼ tsp high quality turmeric with ⅛ tsp melted coconut oil. 

For extra brightening, you can even add baking soda! 

PS: Unlike your regular toothpaste, it is advised to massage turmeric paste for sometime on the teeth & gum areas.

  1. Using the raw turmeric powder- In case you’re not very keen on making a DIY turmeric toothpaste, you can simply brush your teeth with pure turmeric powder & you’re good to go. 
  1. Buy turmeric based paste- DIY can get messy sometimes & you may not have time for it. In that case, you can also buy yourself turmeric/curcumin based toothpastes. 

Or Simply Pop Some ON THE GO Candies!

With Ozia’s innovative turmeric solutions, you are bound to have flawless oral health! Our delicious & flavourful turmeric candy is a perfect partner for your everyday life. Simply pop the candy & get your daily turmeric dose ON-THE-GO.

You can place your order today & get a whopping 25% off!!!!

In case you want to learn more about turmeric, feel free to read our blog 🙂 

References:

Bell, B. (2019, December 11). 6 Simple Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth at Home. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/whiten-teeth-naturally#The-bottom-line

Chaudhari, A., Karhadkar, V., Waghmare, P., & Jamkhande, A. (2011). Comparative Evaluation of Turmeric and Chlorhexidine Gluconate Mouthwash in Prevention of Plaque Formation and Gingivitis: A Clinical and Microbiological Study. The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, 12(4), 221–224. https://doi.org/10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1038

Chemistry in Pictures—Fluorescence in everyday objects. (2021). Chemical & Engineering News. https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/web/2017/11/Chemistry-PicturesFluorescence-everyday-objects.html

Dhulia, D. M. (2020, July 1). Turmeric for teeth : Recipe. Sabka Dentist. https://sabkadentist.com/turmeric-for-teeth/

New Study Shows Whiter Teeth Can Lead to Greater Success in Work and Love. (2007, May 30). P & G. https://news.pg.com/news-releases/news-details/2007/New-Study-Shows-Whiter-Teeth-Can-Lead-to-Greater-Success-in-Work-and-Love/default.aspx

Sood, S., & Nagpal, M. (2013). Role of curcumin in systemic and oral health: An overview. Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, 4(1), 3. https://doi.org/10.4103/0976-9668.107253

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