turmeric: A Homemade Whitening Toothpaste

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We are only recently becoming more aware of all the benefits of turmeric to our bodies. In addition to health benefits, turmeric also seems to have beauty benefits. Not only is it great for the skin, it also seems to whiten teeth! It is very skeptical, but the root plant we once thought to be only dyes to textiles can somewhat really make the teeth whiter and brighter! It sounds a little counter-intuitive to apply a rich yellow substance to yellowing teeth. However, something in that golden spice seems to be an effective natural remedy for teeth whitening. Not only will you have whiter teeth, there is some research shows that it may even improve oral health issues such as gingivitis and oral cancer. Introduction:

White teeth are seen as attractive and a sign of good health. While this seems to be a valid conjecture, it just isn't that simple. White teeth can be riddled with unseen cavities or weak with calcium loss. This is especially true for teeth that have been treated with conventional whiteners. Most such whiteners bleach teeth white with concentrated hydrogen peroxide, which is proven to severely damage teeth over time. It should come as no surprise however, as this method kills the microorganisms that resist plaque while weakening the structure of the teeth. Even some herbal treatments for whiter teeth can damage them in the long term, such as lemon juice and other acids that strip away the protective tooth enamel. The unexpected remedy: Turmeric. Turmeric is an ancient herb originating in India. The root is often powdered and is a main spice in curry dishes. As with many herbs that have been used for thousands of years, turmeric has a number of medicinal uses. It helps lubricate bone joints, improves liver function, and increases calcium uptake, just to name a few. However, it is odd that turmeric should be an excellent way to whiten teeth because it has a reputation as a potent yellow dye for clothing. For teeth however, turmeric has a strong whitening effect. This study uses the fresh raw turmeric root to whiten teeth. This investigatory project shows that we can produce our own homemade herbal whitening toothpaste without spending much time and money and by performing simple steps. Staining the teeth icky orange actually leaves them whiter and brighter, and without resorting to any animal products, chemicals, or anything else that burns and breaks down enamel like commercial whitening strips. Statement of the Problem:

1. Is it effective? 
2. Is it environmental friendly?
3. Is it cheaper than the commercial ones?
1. YES, it is effective.
2. YES, it is environmental friendly since the researcher never uses any chemicals that can harm the environment. 3. YES, because we can actually grow these plants in our backyards and also can grow in a flower pot!

Significance of the Study:
This study aims to investigate the potential and effectiveness of the plant root to whiten teeth without resorting to any chemical toothpaste that can sometimes burns and breaks down teeth enamel. Not only will you have white teeth, there is some research shows that it may even improve oral health issues such as gingivitis and oral cancer because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.


Review of Related Literature:

Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, and while it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow color. Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. A very powerful agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine,...
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