I had a question the other day about periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is second only to the common cold as the most prevalent infectious ailment in the U.S.
It affects 75% of Americans over the age of 35 and is responsible for 70% of adult tooth loss.
The rate of periodontal disease increases with age; it’s only 50% in adolescents.
Periodontal means “located around a tooth.”
So periodontal disease refers to any disorder of the gums or other supporting structures of your teeth.
Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) is the early stage of periodontal disease.
It’s caused by plaque (sticky deposits of bacteria, mucus, and food particles) adhering to your teeth.
The accumulation of plaque causes your gums to become infected and swollen.
As your gums swell, pockets form between your gums and teeth, acting as a trap for still more plaque.
Your gums become red, soft, and shiny, and they bleed easily.
In some cases, there’s pain, but gingivitis can also be painless.
If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a condition called pyorrhea or periodontitis.
This is an advanced stage of periodontal disease where the bone supporting your teeth begins to erode because of the infection.
Abscesses are common.
Smokers are more susceptible than nonsmokers to periodontitis and tooth loss.
Periodontal disease can be made worse by missing teeth, food impaction, malocclusion, tongue thrusting, teeth grinding, and toothbrush trauma.
Problems in your mouth often are reflections of deficiencies or underlying disorders in your body.
Bleeding gums may signal a vitamin C deficiency and dryness and cracking at the corners of your mouth may mean a deficiency of vitamin B2 (riboflavin).
Both conditions may also signal a generalized nutritional deficiency.
Regular dental checkups can help detect these conditions early.
Warning signs of potentially severe periodontal disease include the following:
>A change in the way your teeth fit together.
>A change in the fit of partial dentures.
>Red, swollen, or tender gums.
>Gums that bleed when you brush or floss.
>Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
>Constant bad breath.
To deal with periodontal disease, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Applying aloe vera gel directly to inflamed gums eases discomfort and soothes your tissues.
*Clove oil is good for temporary relief of tooth and/or gum pain. Simply rub a drop or two of clove oil on the affected area. If the oil is too strong in its pure form, it can be diluted with a drop or two of olive oil.
*Hawthorn berries, myrrh gum, and rose hips all help to keep down inflammation and enhance immune function. You can apply these herbs directly to the inflamed areas as a poultice or drink them in tea form.
*Sage is good for its anti-inflammatory properties. Boil 2 tablespoons of dried crushed sage leaves in 1 cup of water, steep for 20 minutes, strain, and rinse your mouth several times daily. (Don’t use sage if you have any type of seizure disorder, or are pregnant or nursing.)
*Tea tree oil, rubbed on your gums, helps prevent and treat gum disease (don’t use internally).
*Thyme is a natural antiseptic reducing the level of bacteria in your mouth.
*Eat a variety of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, meat, and whole grains to give your teeth and gums with needed exercise and supply your body with the vitamins and minerals essential for dental health.
*Eat plenty of high-fiber foods, like whole grains, vegetables, and legumes.
*Avoid sugar and all refined carbohydrates. Sugar causes plaque buildup and inhibits the ability of white blood cells to fight off bacteria.
*Brush your teeth after every meal. Avoid snacking unless you can brush afterward. Especially avoid sugar-containing gum, candy, or other foods you nibble on throughout the day.
*Change toothbrushes every month to keep the disease in check, and keep your toothbrush clean between uses. Bacteria live on toothbrushes. There are special devices that kill bacteria you can keep your toothbrush in when not in use.
*Floss your teeth at least once a day. Unwaxed dental floss is good for getting under your gum line.
*Scrape your tongue each morning after you brush. Use a tongue scraper, the back of a spoon, or your toothbrush to brush your tongue. This is important because bacteria thrive on a moist tongue.
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