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Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Ailments, Ailments A-F, Ailments N-S | 0 comments

Gum Disease (Peridontal Disease)

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, jawbone, and connective tissue. The most common gum and mouth problems are periodontal diseases that are bacterial infections that lead to inflammation and eventually destroy the gums and other supporting tissues surrounding the teeth. The bacteria is in a sticky, colorless film called plaque that forms in the mouth and if not removed it hardens on the teeth and is known as tartar.  Both plaque and tartar and the bacteria involved irritate and inflame the gums.  The progression of periodontal disease is:

  • Gingivitis – gums are red, swollen, and bleed easily.
  • Periodontal pockets – plaque begins to form below the gum line and pockets form.
  • Periodontitis – The chronic presence of plaque, tartar, and attending bacterial infection destroys the gum and bone structure that supports the teeth and may result in them becoming loose and needing removal.

Beyond this clinical testing suggests that periodontal diseases (gum disease) may be associated with strokes, diabetes, heart, and other cardiovascular problems. The prevailing opinion is that a healthy mouth can enhance overall health, as well as prolong the effective health of teeth. Other mouth sores can range from cold sores that are a viral infection in the mouth (see “Herpes Simplex”) to simple abrasions. Cold sores are quite contagious but their cousin, the canker sore, is not. Braces rubbing the cheek, biting lips, biting inside the cheek, or a very hot drink can cause abrasions..

Purchasing a water pik is a good investment for thorough cleansing. Warm salt water in an irrigating device means sudden death to millions of hostile bacteria…in gum line crevices and periodontal pockets! Brushing and flossing is simply not enough to stop gum disease…that’s why so many people who followed their dentists advice still wound up with gum disease (infection).

Boost your intake of Vitamin C & D as well as oil pulling with Coconut Oil into which you have added activated charcoal and Bentonite clay.

I offer a Tooth & Gum Powder that you can use overnight as well.  1,000 mg of calcium, 1,200 mg of magnesium, and 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily, and suggest patients eat plenty of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories like turmeric, berries, and colorful vegetables. I would also take Olive Leaf extract to help with the bacterial infection as well as rinsing with a solution of essential oils.

{{I prefer using coconut oil, activated charcoal, and Bentonite clay for oil pulling when you have gum disease. It will pull the bacteria and infection from the gums. Then move on to the essential oil solutions. The tooth powder can be placed between the gums and the teeth and left on overnight as well as using it for brushing the teeth.}}

For pain and discomfort:
Clove (1-2 drops) applied topically to the painful area of the gum, tooth, or cheek will provide a numbing effect (for children dilute with a pleasant tasting carrier oil).

You can also use 2 Tbsp Coconut oil-2 drops Clove Oil and 2 drops Oregano and oil pull with this for 10 minutes-do this up to 3 X a day.

To reduce inflammation, heal, and promote ongoing gum health: Mix 1 or 4 drops of Myrrh in 1 tablespoon of water or a carrier oil. Swish and pull the mixture through the teeth for approximately 5-10 minutes 2-3 times daily.

You could also choose to rinse the mouth with colloidal silver as well as using it internally as a natural antibiotic.

Other Options:

I also suggest making a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (mixed to the consistency of toothpaste) and applying it to the gums to kill germs and remove plaque. (One caveat: Avoid this if you have stitches from oral surgery.)

Neem oil prevents tooth decay and is anti-bacterial, if purchasing a natural toothpaste-use one with Neem Oil.

Make a sea salt solution. Dissolve a small amount of sea salt in a cup of warm water. Swish a sip of the solution in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit it out. Repeat several times. Salt water will reduce swollen gums and draw infection out of any abscesses. Add this mouth rinse to your twice-daily brushing routine.

Apply tea bags. Steep a tea bag in boiling water, remove and allow it to cool until you can handle it comfortably. Hold the cooled tea bag on the affected area of your gums and keep it there for about five minutes. The tannic acid in the tea bag can work effectively to relieve gum infection.

  • Directly applying the tea bag to your gums is more effective than simply drinking the beverage. Plus, drinking too much tea has a dental downside: discolored, tea-stained teeth.

Rub some honey. Honey has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, so you can put it to work treating your infected gums. Once you brush your teeth, rub a small amount of honey on the problem area of your gums.

  • Given honey’s high sugar content, you want to be careful you don’t overapply it and do your best to put it on your gums only rather than on your teeth.

Drink cranberry juice. Cranberry juice can prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth, so try drinking up to 4 ounces of the unsweetened juice daily.

Make a lemon paste. Make a paste from the juice of one lemon and some salt. Mix it well and apply to your teeth. Let it sit for a few minutes and gargle with warm water to rinse it off.

  • Lemons offer a win-win solution for treating gum disease. First, they’re an anti-inflammatory, which makes them helpful in treating infected gums. Not only that, but lemons contain vitamin C, which can help your gums fight off infection.

Eat more C-rich foods. It’s not just lemons that can help with gum disease, but other foods full of vitamin C such as oranges, grapes, kiwi mango, papaya and strawberry are good choices, too. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and antioxidants are found to promote connective tissue growth and bone regeneration, which can be affected by various gum problems.

Increase your intake of vitamin D. Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory properties, so be sure you’re getting enough of this vitamin when you’re trying to heal swollen gums and prevent the condition from reoccurring. Older adults should particularly take note of this vitamin. According to the National Institutes of Health, higher blood levels of vitamin D seem to be linked to a reduced risk of gum disease in people age 50 and older.[2]

  • Get your vitamin D fix by soaking up the sun at least 15 to 20 minutes twice a week and eating D-rich foods such as salmon, whole eggs and cod liver oil.

Brush with baking soda. Baking soda neutralizes the acids in your mouth thereby reducing the chances of tooth decay and gum disease, so it’s more of a preventative measure than an actual treatment for gum disease. Add a small amount of baking soda to a bit of warm water and mix to form a paste. Use this paste to brush your teeth.

Give up tobacco. Tobacco decreases your ability to fight infection and delays healing. Tobacco users are more likely than nonsmokers to have serious gum disease that doesn’t respond as well to treatment and that leads to tooth loss

ADD Zinc: Zinc’s importance in treating periodontal disease cannot be overstated. Zinc functions synergistically with vitamin A in many body processes. Zinc also inhibits plaque growth when one rinses twice daily with a mouthwash containing 5% zinc, or you can take 30 mg zinc picolinate per day.

Vitamin E and selenium

These two nutrients function in tandem and seem to deter periodontal disease by counteracting the effects of free radicals, which are extremely damaging to gums. Take 100-200 IU per day each of vitamin E and selenium.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is also an effective antioxidant, and is widely used in Japan to treat many conditions, including periodontal disease. There have been many clinical studies using CoQ10 to treat periodontal disease, and the results have shown significant positive results. Take 50-100 mg three times per day.

Bloodroot

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) contains a mixture of alkaloids, but chiefly sanguinarine, which is available in commercial toothpastes and mouth rinses and has properties that are useful in preventing dental plaque formation. Use toothpaste containing the extract sanguinarine.

Gotu kola

This botanical can be put to good use in treating severe periodontal disease. If surgery is required, gotu kola can be helpful in speeding recovery after laser surgery for severe periodontal disease. Dosage is based upon triterpenic acid content. Recommended dosage is 30 mg of triterpenoids twice daily.

More on Gum Disease here:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2001/07/25/dentist.aspx