Anyone who’s come into contact with turmeric knows it turns whatever it touches yellow-orange: from countertops and plastic wares to your hands and clothes. Nothing (or no one) is exempt. Well, almost nothing.

The exception: our teeth. As it turns out, turmeric can actually whiten them. We know, we know: it’s a lofty claim for the pigmented ingredient. It’s a claim, however, rooted in Ayurvedic medicine and modern science. Turmeric has long been lauded for its lightening properties, helping brighten our skin and our smiles. The ingredient is made with tetrahydrocurcumin, a property that lifts discoloration and wipes away surface imperfections. When used topically, turmeric’s naturally gritty texture also works to slough off plaque and tartar, two of the main culprits of our teeth’s yellowish sheen.

And as if that weren’t enough to persuade you to rub turmeric powder all over your teeth, its effects on your oral health are quite impressive as well. The spice is jam-packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to fight off bacteria that contributes to cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

In short: there’s really no reason not to use turmeric on your choppers. If you’re curious enough to try it, here’s a recipe for a turmeric teeth-whitening paste you can make in your kitchen. Aside from turmeric, the paste utilizes one other ingredient, virgin coconut oil, which is probably in your pantry already.




Mix coconut oil and turmeric powder to form a paste. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.


Use a toothbrush to apply the mixture onto your teeth. Wait 5 minutes.

Rinse mouth and brush teeth as you normally would.

Yes, the results may not be as drastic as professional whitening solutions, but you will notice a visible difference after just one session. And unlike its commercial counterparts, you can use the paste as often as you’d like. It doesn’t contain any harsh, artificial ingredients that can increase the risk of tooth sensitivity and irritation.

It’s only downfall, if any, is that it will leave your toothbrush with a lingering golden glow. So, you might want to use a separate one for the job. Like we said, your teeth are the only exception to turmeric’s Midas-like touch. Now smile wide!

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