Gum Disease

Gum DiseaseWhat is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is basically an inflammation of the gums. This usually happens to a lot of adults since as a person ages, his gums tend to become weaker, hence, it becomes susceptible to anything that could damage it such as bacteria and other agents.


What Causes Gum Disease?

The most basic cause of gum disease is the buildup of plaque around the base of the teeth. Plaque contains bacteria, which then attacks the teeth and the gums. When gum disease is not immediately treated, it could eventually lead to tooth loss. Aside from this very apparent cause why gum disease occurs, the following are also known causes of gum disease.

  • Microbial infections. This includes fungal and bacterial overgrowth such as suffering from candidiasis.
  • Poor dental hygiene. If you do not clean your teeth and gums properly, it would always lead to the build-up of plaque which could eventually lead to gum disease.
  • Deficiencies in Vitamins A, C and B5. A deficiency in the coenzyme Q10 was also known to result to gum disease.
  • Very weak immune system, like in persons who suffer from cancer or AIDS.
  • Smoking. Studies have shown that those who smoke are more likely to develop gum disease compared to non-smokers.
  • Genetics. There is research that proves that there are people who are more prone to acquiring gum disease compared to others. Early intervention could actually prevent the disease from setting.
  • Teeth grinding. If you have felt your mouth sore upon waking up in the morning. You may have been teeth grinding. This habit actually puts a lot of force on the tissues of the teeth and tends to speed up the rate of destruction of periodontal tissues, eventually leading to gum disease.
  • Diabetes. Studies have shown that a large number of diabetics have gum disease. Diabetes actually places patients at a high risk for infections, leading to gum disease.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

There are certain indications which would tell you that you are already suffering from gum disease. Some of these are the following:

  • Bad breath. When there is already the presence of bacteria in the mouth, such as in the plaque that builds up at the base of each tooth, it is one indication of gum disease.
  • Red and inflamed gums. The gums appear inflamed, and are much redder.
  • Tender or bleeding gums. People suffering from gum disease tend to have gums that bleed whenever one brushes his teeth or tries to floss.


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Gum Disease

Gum disease could easily be treated by following certain lifestyle changes. Making sure that you observe the following recommendations could very well help your condition.

Helpful Lifestyle Suggestions

  • Avoid smoking. Remember that this is one of the things that could lead to gum disease. So as much as possible avoid doing it.
  • Avoid anything that could irritate the gums like toxins and trauma.
  • Never forget to floss the teeth twice daily.
  • Make sure that you brush your teeth at least thrice a day, most especially after meals.

Diet for Gum Disease

  • Drink a lot of water daily. As much as possible, drink at least 8 glasses of fresh water everyday.
  • Daily, try to drink vegetable juices. You can mix different vegetables since this contain a lot of vitamins and minerals.
  • Aside from vegetable juices, eating fresh fruits and vegetables could actually help the condition. Also eat pumpkin, carrots and corn. Citrus fruits could help a lot too.

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Gum Disease

  • Apple cider vinegar. This is very effective in stopping bleeding of the gums. Although this may not taste really well, using this to brush your teeth and to rinse your mouth could help stop gum bleeding in just a matter of days.
  • Bioflavonoids (50mg – 500mg daily). This helps in toning and strengthening the blood capillaries and the gums.
  • Since being deficient in nutrients could lead to gum disease, taking the succeeding supplements could help a lot. Vitamin A (5000iu to 10,000iu daily), Vitamin C (2g – 5g daily), Vitamin B5 (50mg – 100mg daily), Coenzyme Q10 (75mg daily, and could also be applied on the gums twice daily). These should be taken together with a Vitamin B complex.
  • Bee propolis tincture. Brush this on the gums. You could also gargle the tincture. Just make sure that you take it as directed. This is a very good antiseptic that could benefit those suffering from gum disease.
  • Myrrh. This is also very effective in fighting gum disease.
  • Sage tea. This helps in toning the gums. You can add 1 tsp of either dried or fresh sage leaves, to a cup of boiling water. Lock in the oils by covering the cup with a saucer. Let it steep for fifteen minutes. Drink this three times daily.
  • Echinacea (1200mg – 6g) and Olive leaf extract (270mg taken three times daily). Take this for 10 to 30 days daily if there are signs of viral, fungal or bacterial infection. These herbs are known to boost immunity and helps in eradicating mild gum infection.
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