“Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live in.” – Unknown
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I love turmeric powder. It is a super root. You can read a little about my obsession with this food here in an older blog post.
I spent so long talking about all the different benefits of turmeric powder, I really didn’t get the time to go into much detail about it’s specific areas of healing. In this case, how I use turmeric to fight off and keep off cavities.
The recipe I use has three ingredients, all meant to brighten, clean, and freshen the mouth as well as teeth.
Baking soda is a common ingredient in toothpastes because it balances the levels of acid in the mouth. This can help with halitosis, yellowing teeth, gum disease, cavities, etc. Baking soda can be abrasive if used on the teeth directly, but this recipe dilutes it enough it is fine for everyday use. Dynamic Dental, a dentistry in MA, has a great article on baking soda for oral hygiene.
Coconut oil has been used for hundreds of years in ancient Ayurvedic Medicine as a way to cleanse the mouth through oil pulling. This practice aids the body in its natural detoxification process: literally pulling the nasty build up of toxins out of your mouth through your saliva. This not only helps with oral health, but other aspects of the body as well including upper respiratory issues. Ideally, oil pulling is done for fifteen to twenty minutes at a time. However, I use coconut oil in my toothpaste recipe anyway. Even brushing your teeth for a couple minutes once or twice a day is still giving you the benefits of oil pulling, albeit not to the degree it would be if you did a complete oil pulling treatment.
Of course, my last ingredient is turmeric powder. As I have stated before, turmeric has been proven to have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, as well as antioxidant properties through scientific studies on the root. This can aid in gum disease, yellowing or damaged teeth, and general oral upkeep.
I have had personal success in treating cavities and oral hygiene with this toothpaste recipe. Every time I look in my daughter’s mouth her teeth seem to be getting better. We have gone from four teeth needing capped or pulled to only one tooth possibly needing capped (if we can’t fix it before our next dental appointment).
The recipe is cheap to make, easy to create, and has a mild enough flavor for both kiddos and adults. My darling Peach does not like being out of control (who does, really), so brushing our teeth in the morning is a struggle. When I used to buy natural toothpaste rather than making my own it was an almost impossible task. She hated the severe mint flavors and would scream until she was purple in the face every time we brushed our teeth together. With her writhing on the floor like someone possessed you would think I was poisoning her. Now, even though she still doesn’t like me brushing her teeth, it is not nearly as bad. She actually likes the flavor, so my problem now is she will suck the toothpaste off the brush before I am done cleaning her teeth.
Homemade Turmeric Toothpaste
1 part Baking Soda
1 part Coconut Oil
1 part Turmeric Powder
Mix together ingredients and store in a container with a lid. Keep container in a cool, dry area out of direct sunlight. Keep sealed when not in use. I recommend brushing your teeth with this toothpaste twice a day: once in the morning before eating and once in the evening before bed.
Do not use this toothpaste while wearing cloths you love. Turmeric does some wonderful things, including its ability to dye fabrics. So far, I have not found a way to completely remove the stains caused by this toothpaste. My daughter has about five shirts and sleepers with golden yellow splotches on their fronts while I have at least one shirt with a big yellow spot.
Have you used turmeric for oral health before? Please share your experiences in the comments and have a fantastic day! God Bless 🙂