Society often associates white teeth with good dental health, youth, success, and confidence. Although teeth come in many shades and tones naturally, a bright smile is a valuable asset. Unfortunately, teeth change color over time for various reasons, like aging or drinking coffee. With tooth discoloration a common concern, there’s a big market for OTC and DIY whitening solutions. Turmeric is a popular remedy for teeth stains, but is it safe? Here’s what you need to know to get your smile its brightest.

Turmeric and Tooth Stains

The homeopathic benefits of turmeric originated in Asia thousands of years ago. Nowadays, it is used across the globe because of its various healing and herbal benefits. Turmeric has been shown to whiten teeth naturally because of its pigmentation. It can make your teeth look whiter by polishing them and temporarily reducing discoloration.

Besides its potential whitening benefits, turmeric can also support a healthy mouth because it has antimicrobial properties. It can combat harmful oral bacteria to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.

Dental Health and Turmeric

Although many anecdotal benefits have been reported when using turmeric for teeth whitening, there’s no scientific evidence supporting the claims. Dentists may advise against using it for discoloration because it can be abrasive. It can lead to enamel loss over time, causing your yellowing dentin to be visible. Your teeth will look darker and you’ll be at risk of sensitivity and cavities.

While it might not be the best option for stains, several studies support its use to reduce dental plaque, bacteria, and inflammation. It may even provide pain relief for patients with periodontitis. Adding finely ground turmeric to your toothpaste or mouthwash can help promote healthy teeth and gums.

Achieve a Whiter Smile

You can invest in dramatic results when treating tooth stains using a safe, effective solution from your cosmetic dentist, which may include:

  • In-Office Whitening: Your teeth can get up to 8 shades whiter during your lunch break. A highly concentrated whitening gel is applied to your teeth and activated using a special dental light for three 15-minute intervals.

  • At-Home Whitening: You can achieve in-office results with a take-home kit. Your cosmetic dentist will give you everything you need to resolve stains gradually. You’ll use the kit daily for 2 weeks.

Your dazzling smile can last for many months or years, depending on your oral habits. You can ensure your pearly whites stay their brightest with good oral hygiene and regular dental care. It’s best to avoid anything that may stain your teeth. If you can’t skip your morning coffee, rinse your mouth when you’re finished.

About Dr. Alan Kellner

Dr. Kellner strives to provide the most up-to-date solutions in dentistry through personalized treatment plans. He provides complete services under one roof, from dental checkups to cosmetic dentistry. Contact his office at (954) 908-6780 to schedule an appointment.