White teeth are commonly seen as a sign of good dental hygiene. However, this is not always the case. Camping out behind and between those pearly whites may be cavities, decay, bacteria, and weak enamel. This is why dentists recommend biannual visits. In between time, it is important to floss and brush daily; and to keep those teeth sparkling, you may want to try brushing with turmeric paste. Yes, you heard right, the spice that is found in curry dishes can also be used as a teeth whitener.
Turmeric is an ancient herb emerging in India, and it is known to stain almost anything it touches yellow. Ironically, it has the opposite effect on teeth, miraculously brightening one’s smile. I must admit that I was skeptical about the effectiveness, but after using a paste given to me by a friend, and being complimented on the whiteness of my teeth, I knew I had to share this simple remedy with others.
To make this paste you will need a small container, turmeric, and water. You want the paste to be thick, so do not add too much water. For instance, if you use 1 tablespoon of turmeric, only use ½ tablespoon of water. To use this paste, put a bit on the tip of your finger and smear it across the front of your teeth. If you are concerned that your finger may turn yellow, you can always use a q-tip. Next, brush your teeth like you would normally. Be advised that your toothbrush will turn yellow, but that is a small price to pay for gleaming white teeth.