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Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)

Overview

Periodontal 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).

The 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.

The 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.

Periodontal 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.

Additional 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.

There are natural cures for Periodontal Disease that do not involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs. The natural remedies which are used to treat the effects of Periodontal Disease focus on restoring the biochemical balance of the body, and making dietary and lifestyle changes designed to improve one’s general health.

Definition
Periodontal 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).

Types
The 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.

Symptoms
The 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.

Cause
Periodontal 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.

Additional 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.

Caution: 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.
For 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 oxide cream.

For gums that bleed, drink pure filtered water with fresh squeezed organic lemon juice upon arising and before going to bed.

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.

Make an appointment with a licensed professional and try to avoid foods and drinks which may be aggravating the problem further. See the section on diet for more.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system: Click here to find out more
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.  It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.

Lifestyle: The best treatment for periodontal disease is prevention. Brush your teeth and floss after each meal, and see a holistic dentist for check ups every six months.

You may be able to avoid progression of the disease or further complications by managing your condition in the following ways:

Stop smoking – Smoking is a major risk factor for the development of the disease; talk to your local health care practitioner for advice on quitting

Brush your teeth twice daily – Use an end-rounded soft bristled toothbrush each morning and night, or consider an electric toothbrush if you have trouble using a regular one. Brush your teeth first with a dry brush, followed by a brush with toothpaste.  Brush each tooth surface along the gum line, with small circular motions, and floss each day.

Nutritional Supplementation:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to be useful in the fight against the bone loss seen in advanced periodontal disease.  The richest dietary sources of the supplement are found in fish such as mackerel, salmon and lake trout. Fish oil is a good substitute for those who don’t like fish.

Coenzyme  Q10 – Often abbreviated to CoQ10, Coenzyme Q10 naturally occurs in the cells in the human body, and can be consumed through food sources and created in the body. Research suggests that people with periodontal disease have lower levels of CoQ10 in their gums.

Vitamin D and Calcium –  Patients in a periodontal maintenance program who both took vitamin D and calcium had better periodontal health than those who didn’t, in a study by the Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education.

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.

Hydrotherapy:

Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.

There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.  For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
  • Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.

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.

Juice Therapy:

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.

Topical Treatment:

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.

Supplements:

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:

Krill oilwww.

Fish oilwww.shoporganic.com

Cod liver oilwww.drrons.com

Vegetarianwww.

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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  • 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.

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic medicine and its herbal remedies can treat gum disease if started early. Ayurveda diagnosis is based on individual elements, such as doshas, and herbal remedies designed specifically for each dosha. Since gum disease is nothing to take lightly, individuals suffering from it should see a Ayurvedic practitioner.

Start by brushing teeth with a toothpaste made from natural ingredients to begin reducing or reversing gum disease. Ayurveda practitioners advocate the use of neem in treating gum disease, as it’s said to purify the blood and remove bacteria from the mouth. It’s full of antimicrobial properties which protect teeth and surrounding tissue while boosting the immune system’s ability to fight infection.

Try turmeric, (which is part of the ginger family) as it contains strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and is effective in small doses. Turmeric works by reducing inflammation of gum disease, which makes brushing teeth less painful.

The seeds of the betel nut eliminate infection from the body, and it’s widely-used in therapeutic Ayurvedic medicine.  It’s believed to guard against gum disease, too.

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Gum disease is said to be caused by excess heat in the stomach due to improper diet and stress, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. This heat then leads to the gums’ inflammation and treatment focuses on cooling the heat by way of diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes and whole grains and brush teeth on a regular basis.

The digestive system also directly affects the gums, and Traditional Chinese Medicine states that it will benefit from daily walks, tai chi or qigong.

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Aromatherapy

Toothpaste – Purchase a commercial toothpaste that contains essential oils. Wintergreen and peppermint essential oils are just two ingredients found in toothpastes like this. Or you can make your own baking soda toothpaste by adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil.

Treat your dental floss with drop of tea tree oil diluted in a tsp. of aloe vera, coating several long lengths of floss and drying before using. Oil of oregano is another good choice.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Drink lots of water to flush out bacteria or extra food particles that may remain in the mouth. Use a mouthwash to kill any existing bacteria in the mouth. Look for ingredients such as cetylpridinium chloride or domiphen bromide when buying a mouthwash; both ingredients remove plaque from teeth.

Use a toothbrush for three months. Look for broken or bent bristles to determine when it’s time for a new toothbrush. Have extra toothbrushes on hand. Store a toothbrush in your desk drawer at work, or place one in your car.

Don’t forget about your gums. Massage the gum line with your toothbrush to loosen and remove plaque. Increased circulation brings oxygen to the gums, leaving the area healthier and stronger.

Make your teeth stronger by including high amounts of vitamin D in your diet. Drink plenty of milk. Eat calcium-rich foods such as yogurt, cottage cheese and almonds.

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Herbs

Gum diseases like pyorrhea and gingivitis are common in today’s society, but they can be successfully treated with herbs.

If gum disease is diagnosed, rub the gums with fresh strawberries, baking soda, sage leaves, honey, or lemon juice. St. John’s Wort, peppermint, chamomile, or ginseng teacan also help. To control infection and stop bleeding use a yellowroot and myrrh powderpoultice and apply directly to gum area. Other remedies include diluted tea tree oil, witch hazel, licorice root extract, calendula extract, aloe vera juice,turmeric, green drinks (containing chlorophyll), cranberry juice, Echinacea extract, propolis tincture, dilutedclove oil, diluted eucalyptus oil, or grapefruit seed extract.

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 a day.

Other

Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

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/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters

Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Collodial Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.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/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

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

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna

by Bernie S Siegel

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

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

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

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

1,000 Indian Recipes (1,000 Recipes) by Neelam Batra;

Food–Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper

Coenzyme Q10, HealthForce Nutritionals

www.healthforce.com (800) 357-2717

Vitamin C, Catie’s Organic Vit C Plus

www.energyessentials.com (888) 456-1597

CalMagnanocalcium

www.inspiredliving.com (866) 875-4386

Weleda baking soda toothpaste

www.usa.weleda.com (800) 241-1030

ViaJet

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 andrea@aromahead.com – aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – meditation, stress

Judith Hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.com   www.RogerCallahan.com Thought Field Therapy (TF) releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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