A trend we have seen a lot lately is using turmeric for whitening teeth. Does this really work? Well, sort of. Our studies have shown that turmeric works about as well as baking soda whitening teeth. It gives them a nice polish because of its abrasive features. Below are some of the things we learned from using turmeric to whiten teeth.
One of the big things to note about turmeric is the taste. The taste is not very good, but it is also not unbearable. It is certainly not like the mint toothpaste most of us are used to. Remember, if you decide to use turmeric, it is known to leave stains. When you put it in your mouth, it will liquefy, making it messier. Your toothbrush will be left stained, and you will have to rinse your mouth thoroughly when you are finished.
It takes a lot longer to use turmeric than your typical two minute routine of brushing your teeth. You will have to do a lot of rinsing and cleaning up. Another option is to simply find a natural fluoride free toothpaste. There are many available on the market today, with more seeming to come out on the market regularly.
If you decide to use turmeric or baking soda for a brushing your teeth, it is okay to use it occasionally. Because of their abrasive nature, these items can irritate and inflame your soft and sensitive gum tissue, causing or making your gum disease worse.
If you have concerns about stains on your teeth or other issues about teeth whitening, there are other methods you can use such as over-the-counter options or laser whitening treatments. Your best bet is to discuss all the options with your dentist. That way, you can talk about the benefits and potential risks and make sure your mouth is healthy enough to use the options.
Of course, the best way keep your smile shiny is to visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning. Between visits, make sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly. This will keep your teeth shiny and healthy.