When I began dipping my toes in the ocean that is holistic health, I spent many a weekend holed up in my New York City apartment experimenting with exotic superfoods and bizarre gadgets. My Saturday morning routine involved things like swishing unrefined virgin coconut oil around my mouth for 20 minutes, using a tongue scraper, and mixing up natural sleep potions like some whacked out witch doctor.
I’ve toned it down *slightly* since then (the licorice pedicure took it too far I think). But every now and then my inner weirdo still comes around with ideas like should I try making a face mask out of coffee grounds today? Or who needs bleach when I’ve got vinegar!
Kidding. Maybe don’t substitute vinegar for bleach when cleaning your bathroom.
Anyway, the key to whitening your teeth naturally is turmeric. Sorry to bury the lede there. And the toothpaste “recipe” that follows is one of those weird experiments.
Before we get into it though, you should know this is messy. As DIY experiments go, it’s particularly peculiar. Your teeth will be bright yellow before they’re white, you’ll probably have to clean your sink, and you might exclusively think about eating curry for a few minutes. (maybe that one’s just me).
It’s a one a month type activity for me. But I swear it works, you’ll notice the difference immediately. Soon you’ll be sitting at a friend’s wedding while everyone at your table asks how you got your teeth so white. Also a fun experiment: telling them with a straight face the key is turmeric toothpaste and gauging their reaction.
The cool thing about using turmeric is that it’s totally natural, as opposed to the whitening strip bullshit you’ll find at the drugstore. Those things are packed with harmful chemicals. Besides, do they even work? They certainly did not when I was in high school trying to brighten my chompers in time for prom.
It’s also seriously anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, which means it has the potential to prevent gum disease and other dental problems. More research is definitely needed to confirm that though.
Here’s how to make it:
- Mix one tablespoon of coconut oil with a pinch turmeric until it forms a paste
- Brush your teeth and let it sit for five minutes (note: it will stain your toothbrush. I use a different one than my regular electronic one)
- Rinse your mouth out and brush as you normally would with your regular toothpaste
That’s it! Have you tried turmeric toothpaste? Would love to get your thoughts in the comments.