5 Benefits Of Turmeric For Oral Health

You know turmeric as an inflammation-fighting superfood that can improve symptoms of arthritis, improve digestion, and more. But you may not know that turmeric can also support a healthy mouth.

Pain/inflammation management

When it comes to oral health, reducing and preventing inflammation is a top goal. Turmeric is already being used in the dental world as mouthwash, as a pit and fissure sealant (cavity prevention method), and as a subgingival irrigant (for gum diseases). It can also act as a potent anti-inflammatory agent by reducing pro-inflammatory histamine levels while upping the production of natural inflammation-suppressing cortisone in the body.

With these incredible abilities, it’s no wonder that turmeric can help with the pain and inflammation that comes with a toothache, cavity, or infection.

Again, turmeric’s benefits are largely because of it active ingredient curcumin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory that can actually inhibit the biosynthesis of inflammatory prostaglandins in the body. In fact, oral administration of curcumin in cases of acute inflammation was found to be just as effective as conventional steroid and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs.

Fights infection

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There are many ways to use turmeric to improve dental health – Kentary’s photo

If you’re struggling with an infection in your mouth, turmeric-based golden milk tea may be the perfect therapeutic beverage to sip on. With its antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant properties, turmeric is such a well-rounded and effective natural dental aid. 

Rinsing with turmeric mouthwash or applying turmeric paste to teeth and gums are some of the other ways this incredible spice is used to fight off oral infections and naturally improve dental health.

Prevention of plaque formation and gingivitis

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Turmeric is a method to prevent plaque and gingivitis – google image 

Research published in The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice looked at how turmeric benefits the gums when participants used as turmeric-based mouthwash to prevent plaque formation and gingivitis. 

Turmeric’s performance and ability to improve gingivitis and its symptoms was impressive, and researchers observed its ability to significantly reduce total microbial count. Overall, the study concludes, “turmeric mouthwash can be effectively used as an adjunct to mechanical plaque control methods in prevention of plaque and gingivitis.” 

Oral cancer treatment

According to a scientific review published in the Molecular Cancer journal, curcumin is a nontoxic, natural substance found in turmeric that is scientifically known to possess anticancer activities. More specifically, research demonstrates that curcumin can fight cancer in the way it affects the numerous biological pathways and processes involved in cancer formation, tumor production, oncogene (a gene that can potentially cause cancer) expression, metastasis (the tendency of certain cancers to spread to different parts of the body), as well as apoptosis (programmed cell death of cancer cells).

In vitro and in vivo animal studies also demonstrate how turmeric extract and turmeric oil can prevent precancerous lesions in the oral cavity in the first place. 

Source: askthedentist

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