Gingivitis & Turmeric
Turmeric is well-known for its many health benefits. In the past few years, science has uncovered some of the amazing properties of the spice, which can prevent and treat some persisting health conditions.
Recently, a study explored the effect of turmeric on gingivitis – a periodontal disease, characterized by bad breath, irritation and inflammation of the gums. Participants in the study were patients diagnosed with gingivitis, who were assigned to either the turmeric mouthwash group, or the traditional chlorhexidine solution. Even though the latter was twice as potent as the turmeric one, results from the study strongly suggested that the turmeric mouthwash produced а significant decrease in inflammation. Apart from diminishing the symptoms of gingivitis, turmeric also reduced the plaque and bacterial activity, improving the oral health of the patients.
In addition, a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, confirmed that turmeric gel was efficient in treating gingivitis and significantly reduced its inflammatory components. These effects might be due to the proven properties of curcuma, as turmeric is also known, and its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and immunostimulant action.
Turmeric’s medicinal properties have been demonstrated in a number of studies. Its benefits for oral health are incredibly important, as turmeric pastes are a natural and much safer alternative to traditional chlorhexidine mouthwashes, which were flagged due to the potential to cause anaphylactic reactions. Turmeric, on the other hand, is completely organic (natural) and, what’s even more important, clearly is just as – if not more – effective in treating oral health problems and improving the general state of the mouth and oral area.
You can easily make a turmeric mouthwash by mixing a teaspoon of powdered turmeric with some warm water.