Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
Symptoms generally progress over time, and include the following:
- Gum bleeding. Bleeding of the gums, even during brushing, is a sign of inflammation – the major marker of periodontal disease. One exception is juvenile periodontitis; where symptoms are mild or even absent. It should be noted that the gums of those who smoke with periodontal disease tend to bleed less than non-smokers.
- Red and swollen gums
- Bad breath, caused by debris and bacteria
- Gum recession and loose teeth. The gums will recede as the disease advances, and the supporting structure of the bone is lost. Teeth will loosen, causing a change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together when biting down, or how partial dentures fit.
- Abscesses. Tartar and food particles can cause blockages of the deepening periodontal pockets between the gums and bone. White blood cells, which fight infection, can become trapped and die, and pus will form leading to the development of abscess. Abscesses can destroy both gum and tooth tissue, causing nearby teeth to become loose and painful. This can then lead to fever and swollen lymph nodes.
- Be aware that pain is not usually a symptom, which explains why the disease may be advanced before treatment begins
Periodontal disease is caused by bacterial overgrowth, although a persistent immune response to chronic infections in the mouth is also believed to play a part in gum destruction in general.
Bacterial culprits – Healthy and disease-causing bacteria can generally be grouped into two categories
- The harmless or helpful bacteria are usually known as gram positive aerobic bacteria
- In periodontal disease, the bacterial balance shifts over to gram negative anaerobic bacteria. Be aware that inflammatory disease cannot develop without these bacteria
Some bacteria are related to gingivitis, but not plaque development. They include various streptococcal species.
Viral causes – Certain herpes viruses (herpes simplex and varicella-zoster virus, the cause of shingles and chickenpox) are known causes of gingivitis. However, other herpes viruses (such as cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr) may also play a role in the onset or progression of some forms of periodontal disease.
If you have periodontal disease, there are a number of dietary changes you can make, including:
- Eat fatty fish – Mackerel, salmon, herring, tuna and halibut all contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been associated with a lower incidence of gum disease.
- Consume dairy products – A study from 2008 published in the ‘Journal of periodontal disease found that participants who consumed more dairy products like milk and cheese had significantly lower levels of severe periodontal disease.
- Eat foods high in vitamin C – The vitamin helps promote healthy gums and reduces the risk of developing gingivitis. Choose vitamin C-rich foods like oranges, broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries and green peppers
- Choose foods rich in folic acid – A deficiency in this vitamin can cause gingivitis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Try spinach, dark leafy greens, beets, whole grains, soybeans, wheat germ, milk and orange juice.
Juicing offers a way you can get the nutrients you need without having to eat the fruits and vegetables whole. Because most fruits contain sugar and vegetables produce starch, your teeth and gums can be affected, so do juice your juices and juice ingredients wisely.
Drink juices high in vitamin A and beta-carotene, such as carrot or cantaloupe juice.
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.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Tea Tree Oil – The anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil in the treatment of gingivitis has resulted in positive outcomes in a number of studies. In June 2004, the “Australian Dental Journal” published research on the effects of topically applied tea tree oil on plaque and gingivitis. The study found that a gel containing tea tree oil significantly reduced bleeding and gingival inflammation, but did not decrease plaque formation.
Brush your teeth with a 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 be helpful.
Vitamin C, Flavonoids, Coenzyme Q10 – All three of these substances are powerful antioxidants which help preserve gum disease and hasten healing.
Coenzyme Q10 decreases the depth of the pockets which form between the teeth and gums, speeding healing and reducing bleeding, while vitamin C and mixed flavonoids are particular effective when taken together and work by building up connective tissue in the gums and reduce inflammation.
Try a natural mouth rinse for some relief, too.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com
Herbal remedy for gum disease: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBAm8_s6ebo
Herbal and natural remedies for gum disease: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwYO-hRQF7s
Natural Ayurvedic remedies for gingivitis: www.homeveda.com/oral-health/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-gingivitis.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Chinese medicine and gum disease: www.askdrmao.com/natural-health-dictionary/gum-disease
Gum Disease – Treatment by nutrition! How to stop gum disease, and prevent with nutritional solution permanently. (1) [Kindle Edition] by Sung Lee
Reversing Gum Disease Naturally: A Holistics Home Care Program: A Holistic Home Care Program by Sandra Senzon
How to heal gum disease with diet: www.livestrong.com/article/409358-how-to-heal-gum-disease-quickly-with-diet/
The Complete Guide to Natural Cures (Lynn Sonberg Books) [Mass Market Paperback] by Debora Yost
Supplements for periodontal disease: www.livestrong.com/article/294744-supplements-for-gum-disease
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Coenzyme Q10, HealthForce Nutritionals
www.healthforce.com (800) 357-2717
Vitamin C, Catie’s Organic Vit C Plus
www.energyessentials.com (888) 456-1597
www.inspiredliving.com (866) 875-4386
Weleda baking soda toothpaste
www.usa.weleda.com (800) 241-1030
www.oratec.com (800) 368-3529
Soft Laser Therapy, Q1000 Soft Laser
www.softlasertherapy.org (800) 955-0178
Gums, Oral Guard Dental Spray
www.ivlproducts.com (800) 720-1245
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.