Chaturvedi TP. Uses of turmeric in dentistry: an update. Indian J Dent Res. 2009;20(1): 107-109.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), indigenous to Southeast
Asia, has long been used and cultivated throughout India. In both Ayurvedic and traditional
Chinese medicine, turmeric is used to improve digestion and reduce gas and
bloating. Its main active constituent, curcumin, has been found to exhibit a
wide range of therapeutic actions. In this article, the author (a professor in
the Faculty of Dental Sciences at Banaras
summarizes the healing properties of turmeric and highlights its use in
has been shown to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic,
antimutagenic, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. It can be used to
protect the liver from toxic compounds; improve circulation and protect against
atherosclerosis; increase the production of enzymes that digest fats and sugars
and stop cholesterol from forming gallstones; treat chronic anterior uveitis,
some urinary disorders, and some parasitic infections; and facilitate the
process of scabbing when applied topically for smallpox and chicken pox.
suggests ways that turmeric can offer relief for dental problems:
the mouth with turmeric water (boil 5 g of turmeric powder, two cloves, and two
dried leaves of guava in 200 g water) for instant relief.
aching teeth with roasted ground turmeric to eliminate pain and swelling.
the powder of burnt turmeric pieces and bishop's weed seed on teeth to
strengthen gums and teeth.
a paste (1 tsp of turmeric, ½ tsp of salt, and ½ tsp of mustard oil) on the
teeth and gums twice daily to provide relief from gingivitis and periodontitis.
can also be used as an ingredient in a composition applied as a tooth sealant
to prevent or reduce caries. Because of its yellow pigment, it can be used as a
dental-plaque staining agent to detect the presence of dental plaque.
concludes that the "use of plants and herbs for dental care is a very
common indigenous system of medicine, and we must include it in our everyday