beauty

We Asked A Doc: Does Brushing Your Teeth With Turmeric Really Whiten Them?

April 19, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

We all want whiter teeth. But many of us are unwilling to use products laden with chemicals in order to achieve a perfect Hollywood smile. Turmeric, best known as one of the bitter and peppery ingredients used to make curry, is gaining quite the reputation as a healthy and natural alternative to carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, the most common ingredients in big, brand brand teeth whitening products. But is there any truth to the belief that turmeric can brighten your smile–without negative health effects?

“Finding an ideal toothpaste is a very hot topic,” says Dr. Matthew Nejad, a biomimetic and cosmetic dentist based out of Beverly Hills, California. “Everyone wants to get whiter teeth using safe and organic products instead of heavily processed ingredients and chemicals. Anytime I am evaluating a product there are two important aspects: 1) personal experience and 2) standardized laboratory testing. I like to try everything myself to see how it feels, but additional laboratory testing is always necessary to compare new products/methods to currently available dentrifices.”

When it comes to turmeric, Nejad says his experience has been that it is not particularly more effective than alternatives like clay-based products. And there’s another reason why he advises against adding it to your daily teeth cleaning regimen.

“Turmeric may be too abrasive–but this would need to be tested,” he says. “The turmeric and coconut oil combination is extremely messy and it can take significant time to clean the yellow tint left on the teeth after use. There are rumors of this technique having been a hoax, while others are convinced it is extremely effective. There is no known property of turmeric aside from its potential abrasiveness which would impart a whitening aspect. Other whitening products which contain peroxides or clay have mechanisms to lift and remove stains without excessive abrasiveness, but no such mechanism is believed to occur with turmeric.”

If you’re still searching for a natural, DIY teeth whitening solution–one that isn’t made with turmeric, given Nejad’s warning–many folks swear by a simple combo of lemon juice and baking soda.

For more beauty tips and news, check out should you use hot or cold water to brush your teeth and the one thing you should not do when brushing your teeth.

Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter.

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

beauty

This $30 Flat Iron Is Actually Really, *Really* Good

September 21, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
You're welcome.

beauty

This All-In-One Product Will Give You Perfect Brows Every Time

September 21, 2018 by Alisha Stacy
So good!

beauty

The $6 Drugstore Product Celebrities Say Works Better Than The Expensive Stuff

September 21, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It's so good!

beauty

This Foolproof Dry Shampoo Is My Go-To When I'm In A Rush

September 20, 2018 by Alisha Stacy
Game changer!

beauty

Today's The Day! Shop L'Oreal Paris x Isabel Marant Now

September 20, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
Buying one of everything...

beauty

This $12 Anti-Aging Serum Basically Works Like Botox For Younger-Looking Skin

September 20, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Prepare to be amazed...

beauty

The One Anti-Aging Supplement You Should Take Every Morning For Younger-Looking Skin

September 20, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It works so well!

beauty

Gigi Hadid's Go-To Skincare Product Includes THIS $7 Drugstore Find

September 19, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
We didn't see this coming!

beauty

The One Thinning Hair Trick Celebrities Swear By For The Red Carpet

September 19, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
We had NO idea...

beauty

This Lash Growth Product Works SO Fast It’s Selling Out At Target

September 19, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It works so well!

beauty

This Is My Favorite Blush Ever--& I’m Pretty Sure It’s Not Even A Blush

September 18, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Prepare to be amazed...

beauty

The Surprising 2-Second Skincare Trick Every Woman Needs To Know

September 18, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's a game-changer!

beauty

The Unexpected $6 Drugstore Product Celebrities Actually Use For Glowing Skin

September 18, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Even Meghan Markle is a fan!

beauty

This Neck Cream Is SO Good It Keeps Selling Out At Sephora

September 18, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
You don't want to miss this...

beauty

6 Affordable Natural Night Creams That Work Better Than Botox

September 18, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
These work so good!

beauty

This Face Mask Basically Works Like A Vacuum For Your Skin--& It’s Got A 5-Star Rating At Nordstrom

September 18, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Your skin will thank you for this!

beauty

All The New Beauty Launches Our Editors Can't Wait To Try This Fall

September 17, 2018 by SHEfinds Editors
We're OBSESSED!

beauty

This $30 Flat Iron Is Actually Really, *Really* Good

If there's one thing you should do at the ...

beauty

Want A Whiter, Brighter Smile? Invest In A TAO Clean Sonic Toothbrush And Cleaning Station

If you take oral hygiene seriously (and we all should!), ...

beauty

This All-In-One Product Will Give You Perfect Brows Every Time

If there's one makeup application many women struggle with (...

beauty

This Foolproof Dry Shampoo Is My Go-To When I'm In A Rush

Dry shampoo is definitely one of the best beauty advances... ...

beauty

This Soap Isn't Just Good For Your Skin, It's Good For The Earth, Too

As wellness and mindfulness become more mainstream, we're all ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS