We all know that the key to good teeth and a beaming smile is in keeping our mouths clean and fresh. By practicing good oral hygiene (such as flossing, brushing the teeth and using mouthwash, as well as regular trips to the dentist – sorry!), you’ll help to stop the build-up of plaque and tartar, which are the main causes of gum disease and tooth decay. Many health practitioners also believe that oral health is the foundation of our overall health and wellbeing.
Dental hygiene companies often advertise toothpaste that whitens your teeth, however, these have been shown to cause damage to your tooth enamel if used too often.
Other side effects include tooth sensitivity and gum damage due to irritation of soft tissue in the mouth. In some cases, the side effects caused by tooth whitening products have been irreversible.
There are many reasons to switch from commercial, store-bought products to natural teeth whiteners. Aside from the fact that store-bought products contain ingredients that are actually harmful to your oral health, natural teeth whiteners will provide a more effective clean for your teeth.
This recipe revolves around turmeric, a spice which has proven to provide many benefits aside from oral health.
So, why use turmeric and coconut oil whitening toothpaste?
Coconut oil contains 50% Lauric Acid (which is also contained in a mother’s milk).
According to a study conducted by the Indian Society of Periodontology, turmeric was shown to be just as effective as a typical mouthwash when it came to oral health. Turmeric was shown to be incredibly effective at preventing plaque build-up and gingivitis and had noticeable anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric was also bio-compatible with all of the subjects who used it, meaning that they did not suffer from any side effects.
If you make whitening toothpaste from raw and organic coconut oil, such as our Lucy Bee, then you’ll have a toothpaste that’s free from additives and nasties, containing only nature’s goodness.
- One tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
- One teaspoon of turmeric powder
- Peppermint oil
- Mix the ingredients until it forms a thick paste.
- Apply the mixture to your toothbrush as you would with regular toothpaste.
- Let the turmeric-toothpaste sit on your teeth for three to five minutes, allowing the whitening and anti-bacterial properties of the paste to really come into effect.
- Spit out the excess paste and rinse out your mouth
You should notice your teeth beginning to whiten within the next few days. Now you have an all-natural teeth whitening toothpaste without any harmful side-effects!