Turmeric: A review of its’ effects on human health
Dr. V Reeta and Dr. Sonika Kalia
Turmeric, also called as Curcuma longa, is used as a flavouring agent, medicinal herb, and dye in Asian countries. In India where Ayurveda is a system of herbal medicine, turmeric is known for strengthening and warming the whole body. The main component in turmeric is curcumin, which has a wide range of properties, such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimutagenic, and antimicrobial. The main objective of this article is to review the importance and therapeutic properties of turmeric in oral health. Various databases like PubMed, Cochrane, Index Copernicus, EBESCO, etc., were searched to collect data about turmeric and oral health. The effectiveness of turmeric in the treatment of dental pain, periodontal diseases, oral cancers, and as a sealant, mouthwash, toothpaste, and subgingival as well as endodontic irrigant will be discussed.