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How to Make Homemade Toothpaste for Treating Gum Disease and Whitening Teeth

Homemade Toothpaste

There is a variety of commercial toothpaste in the market promising to whiten your teeth in as early as your first application, or as late as two weeks. IN FACT, Americans spend over a billion dollars a year on over-the-counter tooth whitening products, often without being aware of their risks!

However, these chemical-laden toothpastes are not entirely safe. There are instances when users report gum irritation, or toothache after continued use of these whitening toothpaste.

“The media has done a good job of making whitening sound innocuous, but it’s not,” Dr. Ira Handschuh, a White Plains, N.Y., dentist, told ABC News.

According to the article,”Carbamide peroxide, the whitening agent in most bleaches, can irritate the gums, causing them to recede, making the teeth brittle, chalky and so thin as to be translucent at the edges when the product is overused.”

So, if you are unsure about your gum and dental health, if you are highly discouraged to use commercial whitening teeth, or any other toothpaste that are labelled black and red (medicinal and chemical toothpastes respectively).  The long-term effects are not fully known, but one older study suggests there may be a connection between oral cancer in young adults and the use of tooth whitening products.

But I want whiter teeth? What do I do? Well. Nature has answers for you – turmeric, again. But how? Turmeric is known for staining things yellow (including cloth, skin and other surfaces) and it has even been used as a dye for cloth in the past. It isn’t the first thing you’d think of for whitening teeth, but it works surprisingly well.

Not only is it often called the Eastern secret to youthful skin, several studies have suggested that turmeric is highly beneficial for oral health. This study found that it had a positive effect on gingival inflammation, while this Journal of Natural Biology, Science & Medicine review concluded that it can be beneficial for dental pain.

In contrast, gum inflammation and receding gums are some of the most common side effects of conventional whiteners.

How to Whiten Teeth Naturally With Turmeric Only

Now, a quick heads up: Your toothbrush will be stained yellow after this.

Ingredients:

Organic turmeric powder

Method:

  1. Wet your toothbrush and then dip it in 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder. Brush teeth as normal, but instead of rinsing when you’re done allow the turmeric to sit on your teeth for 3-5 minutes so that it can do it’s magic.
  2. Spit and rinse thoroughly, then follow with a second brushing using your regular tooth powder/toothpaste. If you notice any yellow around the corners of your mouth, wash with soap and it will rinse away. Likewise, if any turmeric powder is left on your teeth or gums it will cause a slight yellow tint, but when the turmeric is fully rinsed away you should notice a brighter, whiter smile.

You may notice a difference with the first application. If not, give it a few days to a week – if you’re skeptical I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Making Your Own Turmeric Toothpaste

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon melted coconut oil

Method:

  1. Dip your toothbrush in the paste (combined turmeric powder and coconut oil) and brush teeth as normal, but instead of rinsing when you’re done allow the paste to sit on your teeth for 3-5 minutes so that it can do it’s magic.
  2. Spit and rinse thoroughly, then follow with a second brushing using your regular tooth powder/toothpaste. If you notice any yellow around the corners of your mouth, wash with soap and it will rinse away. Likewise, if any turmeric powder is left on your teeth or gums it will cause a slight yellow tint, but when the turmeric is fully rinsed away you should notice a brighter, whiter smile.

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