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Curcumin For a Healthier Mouth

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs at 11:17 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND
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Curcuma longa more commonly known as Turmeric has been getting a lot of buzz lately. With numerous known health properties including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-allergic, anti-carcinogenic, there is no astonishment as to why this is. New research is expanding this ever growing list of benefits to curcumin. A new research article shows that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, may prove beneficial in controlling inflammation and bone resorption in individuals with periodontitis.  Periodontitis is a gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports teeth. Periodontitis if bad enough can lead to loss of teeth and even more serious health conditions.

In one research trial Male Wistar rates were used to determine if curcumin could inhibit the inflammation and alveolar bone resorption in rats following induced periodontitis.   The researchers of this article concluded that curcumin may decrease bone loss because of its ability to reduce inflammatory markers in the body.

Another research article  performed a study that consisted of 25 patients (15 males/10 Females) between the ages of 21-45. All patients were previously diagnosed with chronic periodontitis and had periodontal pockets >5mm on both sides. The researchers selected specific sites and the sites were then randomly grouped into test group or control group. The control group received only root planning and scaling while the test group received both root planning and scaling as well as 1% curcumin gel at baseline, 1, 3, and 6 month intervals. The results of the study showed that both root planning and scaling alone is beneficial, however, adding curcumin to the procedure seems to enhance the outcomes significantly.  Overall, the pocket depth improved, the plaque index and bleeding index reduced, as well as there was a reduction in bacteria found commonly in the mouth.

While these results are promising, much more research should be done on the matter. If you are interested in using curcumin to improve oral health speak with your healthcare provider or general dentist before starting due to the potential for side effects. Check out LuckyVitamin for a wide array of natural & organic curcumin products.




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