Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
disease is characterized by inflammation or degeneration
of the tissues that surround and support the teeth - gingiva
(gums), the bone the teeth are set in (alveolar bone),
the periodontal ligament, and the cementum (the tissue
that connects these structures).
most common and often initial form of periodontal disease
is inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis. If left
untreated, gingivitis can spread, causing increased
inflammation in the membranes and tissues around the
base of the teeth and potential erosion of the underlying
bone, a conditions known as periodontitis that is the
major cause of bone loss in adults.
most common symptoms of periodontal disease is red,
inflamed gum tissue that bleeds easily due to flossing,
brushing of the teeth, and/or eating hard foods such
as raw apples.
disease is primarily due to poor dental hygiene (lack
of teeth brushing and flossing) leading to a buildup
of bacterial plaque. In can also occur during pregnancy
and puberty, due to hormonal factors, and/or be due
to nutritional deficiencies, especially vitamin C, folic
acid and other B vitamins, and calcium.
risk factors include problems with the biting surface
(malocclusion), breathing through the mouth, food impaction,
decreased tissue in and around the gums due to plaque
buildup, and poor diet. It can also be caused by hydrochloric
acid deficiency. Smoking and the use of birth control
pills can also play roles.
Gingivitis may be one of the first signs that
there is an underlying systemic problem or debilitating
disease such as diabetes or leukemia, heavy metal toxicity,
lowered resistance, allergies, or vitamin deficiencies.
In addition, the bacteria associated with periodontal
disease has been shown to migrate through the body,
creating a burden on the cardiovascular system and contributing
to heart disease.
The best treatment for periodontal disease
is prevention. Brush your teeth and floss after each
meal, and see a holistic dentist for checkups every
Eat an organic, whole foods diet at least
seven servings of fresh organic fruits and vegetables
per day, as well as other high-fiber foods. Eliminate
sugar, refined carbohydrates, processed foods, soda,
and commercial fruits juices.
After flossing, rinse your mouth with several mouthfuls
of liquid folic acid for one minute then swallow. To
make your own liquid folic acid solution buy folic acid
supplements in the form of folic acid crystals in 800
mcg capsules. Empty two capsules in pure filtered water.
Also take folic acid orally, along with vitamin B complex,
vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin E, vitamin
K, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
also very helpful for gum disease.
infected gums, increase your dosage of vitamin A for
three days and then slowly reduce to maintenance dose
over one to two weeks. You can also massage your gums
with oil from vitamin A and E capsules along with zinc
gums that bleed, drink pure filtered water with fresh
squeezed organic lemon juice upon arising and before
going to bed.
Swish a mouthful of warm sesame oil for two
minutes and then massage the gums and brush the teeth
with catechu and neem powder paste.
Combine equal parts of myrrh and Echinacea
to make a tincture, then apply to your gums three times
a day using a very fine paintbrush. Also massage your
gums with goldenseal or bayberry paste. For internal
use, combine the tinctures of echinacea, cleavers, and
prickly ash in equal parts and take one teaspoon twice
Drink juices high in vitamin A and beta carotene,
such as carrot or cantaloupe juice.
Brush your teeth with mixture of baking soda and hydrogen
peroxide, and massage your gums with your fingers. In
cases of bleeding gums make a mouthwash by combining
one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of pure
filtered water. Use this to gargle with in the morning
and evening. Using a toothpaste made from tea tree oil,
citrus seed extract, and/or hydrogen peroxide can also
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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