Get the Brightest Whitest Teeth with Turmeric
Yes, it's true. The yellow powder that will stain (almost) everything it touches is the secret ingredient in giving you the brightest whitest teeth possible. Yesterday I came across an article on Examiner.com called " Whiten Teeth Safely with Turmeric" and since turmeric is one of my all time favorite culinary/medicinal herbal cross-overs, I was intrigued. We already know that turmeric is a superstar for cooling inflammation and protecting the brain against aging, as well as being a powerful antiseptic and antibacterial agent, so I wouldn't put it past this great herb to do something else miraculously.
As a side note, turmeric has other beautifying properties as well, and can be taken orally or topically as a mask to shrink the pours on the face, and is used by Indian brides before their wedding day for just this reason.
Anyway, using about a half tablespoon dried organic turmeric powder and a bit of water to make a paste, I gave it a go. You do have to be very careful because anything not inside of your mouth that comes in-contact with it will be dyed bright yellow (including the toothbrush). But, as you might have guessed, it works like a miracle to whiten teeth.
Turmeric would also be great for oral hygiene, not just tooth whitening, because it is such a strong anti-inflammatory, which is good for the gums--since 90% of people over the age of 30 have gum disease, and is also a strong antimicrobial, so it kill all those bag germs causing tooth decay and gum disease (and be sure to take your vitamin K2).
Directions: use 1/2 tablespoon dried organic turmeric root (bulk in any health food store), add just a bit of water to make a thin paste. I use a small--real small--cup for this. Scoop it up with the bristles of your toothbrush (which will become irreversibly stained), and brush like normal. Enjoy!