Working with Holistic Products for the Natural Reversal of Gum Disease

We've come a long way from the standard brush-and-floss routine. We have many alternative home dental care products that reach into every groove and crevice around the teeth and under the gum. If you have been told to brush and floss and are frustrated because you are not doing it properly, don't fear there are alternatives to flossing. There have been new developments in hygiene and new products introduced. For example, there is now a proliferation of holistic products made from natural...

Flossing Products

At their healthiest, the interdental (in-between) areas of our teeth have an angle and a deeper pocket. Floss is an important tool to remove plaque and food debris in these areas. In my years of practicing dental hygiene, I have noticed that people do not floss correctly, and this causes more problems. A result of improper flossing is a cut on the gum tissue. Or, if people snap the floss, they cut the gum tissue and inflame the area. So do not snap the floss. It is important to get in between...

Anemia

Anemia is a disease in which people have reduced red blood cells, which can result in poor circulation. The blood in patients with anemia lacks iron and carries less oxygen to the tissues, and this causes periodontal problems. The symptoms of anemia are extreme fatigue, weakness, confusion and loss of concentration, pale skin, rapid heartbeat, feeling cold, sadness, and depression. Getting oxygen to the tissue is important for healthy gums, and the lack of it reduces resistance to infection....

Children and Gum Disease

If your children are poorly motivated and do not want to take care of their teeth, this can lead to future gum disease. Prevention is the best method of reversing gum disease. Thus a fun and playful hygiene home care station is a necessity in your bathroom. If your child has his or her own bathroom this can be easy to implement. If you have to share the bathroom, then create separate hygiene stations. Allow each child to have an area that is his or her own. Lighting is very important, and if...

Copper

Copper is needed as an enzyme catalyst. Copper works with iron in the formation of hemoglobin. It also is a product of collagen (connective tissue) and of many enzymes. If there were a deficiency, there would be poor iron assimilation, leading to anemia and scurvylike bone damage. With this deficiency you can have bone loss and resulting gum disease. Foods rich in copper are grains, vegetables, nuts, fish, molasses, raw milk, and fruits. Recommended daily intake 1.5 to 3 mg for adults, and 2 to...

Denial of Problems

If we deny the problems and symptoms of gum disease they will not get better, but worse. Follow the steps in the previous chapters to find a quality professional, and remember home care in dental hygiene is 90 percent of the cure So start the process and work on your mouth. Besides, worry, which is tied to stress, only exacerbates the poor condition of the mouth. And don't forget, denial of problems only postpones the inevitable, and conditions will persist and get worse if not attended to.

Diabetes

Conditions such as diabetes can appear as gum disease and be the causative factor of the problem. Diabetes is a chronic degenerative disease caused by a lack of the hormone insulin. Insulin is essential for the proper metabolism of blood sugar. Excessive glucose (blood sugar) in the body's system is toxic. People with diabetes have abnormally high carbohydrate and sugar in their diets. Gum disease and dental problems are more prevalent in patients with diabetes and excessive glucose levels....

Diseases

Certain diseases can contribute to gum disease. (See chapters 2 and 11 for more information.) Anemia is a condition that reduces red blood cells and can cause the onset of gum disease. Herpes simplex is a virus that affects the tissues of the mouth. This condition may be chronic and stay latent in the mouth and may appear later on in life. This is a chronic condition related to the immune system. It can affect people later on in age. This condition of the skin and mucous membranes affects...

Diet

If your diet is high in sugar, then you are encouraging bacteria to thrive. As a reminder, sugar turns to acids in your mouth. If you have acidic saliva, then you are more apt to have free excess calcium in the mouth. If free acid arises in the mouth, you will then develop chronic gum inflammation, which will lead you to gum disease. To reverse this pattern, try to reduce your sugar intake. I have noticed that people who drink large amounts of coffee have a larger tartar buildup in their mouth....

Eating Sweets

Stress can cause us to act irrationally and can lead us to want to erase any negative feelings by eating sweets. It is known that chocolate can compensate for romance, and it affects the pituitary gland. What does it do to our teeth and fragile gum tissue Try placing sweetened chocolate and other sweets on your skin. You will find they will irritate the skin. They will also irritate the oral cavity. Sugar turns to acid, and acid eats away at the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Plaque...

Exercise

When you exercise regularly, you begin to improve the condition of your heart and lungs. Exercise releases toxins from your body and improves your stamina. It increases your blood circulation and your joint mobility. It also alleviates premenstrual stress or stress experienced during menopause. It strengthens your bones by increasing their mineral content therefore, it helps in reducing osteoporosis and enhances the bone level in your mouth. The bone in your mouth surrounds the roots of your...

Handling Pain and Fear

Pain can be considered a major cause of dental problems and gum disease. If you are afraid of pain and associate visits to the dentist or hygienist with a painful experience, you probably will not be visiting your dentist office often enough. Missing your regular check-ups will lead you to neglect your teeth and gums, and can result in the onset of gum disease. Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. It is caused by the stimulation of sensory nerve endings, which the mouth has...

Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is an artificially induced state characterized by a heightened receptivity to suggestion. This is achieved by relaxing the body and then shifting the mind to an object away from the body. If you reach a deep state of hypnosis, then a posthypnotic suggestion can be carried out. The deeper state of hypnosis can alter addictions by power of suggestion. Hypnotherapy is very effective in treating stress and mental health problems such as fears and phobias, and even depression. It is used in...

Ice Chewing

Another bad habit caused by stress is chewing on ice. Ice can be very destructive and cause much harm to the teeth. It can wear down the surfaces of your teeth as well as irritate the gums because of the excess stress you are placing on your teeth with the ice. This all depends, of course, on the severity of the habit. Remedies Awareness of the damage that chewing on ice can do to your teeth and gums will help you to break the habit. Consciously remember this at the times you may want to chew...

Magnesium

Magnesium acts as an important catalyst for many enzymes, and assists in calcium assimilation. It is one of the three most important elements in teeth and bone. The mouth will show deficiencies as slow alveolar bone formation and slow tooth eruption. There may even be gum swelling and weak periodontal fibers. Magnesium deficiency may be indicated by calcium deposits in soft tissue, kidney stones, cramps, hair loss, and irritability. Foods rich in magnesium are beans (string and kidney), green...

Nail Biting Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking and nail biting are habits related to stress. You may laugh, but many adults do habitually suck their thumbs. These oral habits, which arise from stress, can cause gum disease. The nails beds are loaded with bacteria and when placed in the mouth can contribute to an environment rich in bacteria, thus irritating the gum tissue. Think about it You touch things all day that are laden with bacteria and then you place your fingers in your mouth, chewing the nail off and leaving the...

Neglect

This takes two forms lack of at-home care and lack of professional care. If you neglect to do proper home care (oral hygiene) through simple laziness, or have never been shown how to work properly on your mouth, then you probably have gum disease. Start reversing the process of gum disease now, by using the proper products with the right amount of knowledge and discipline. Second, a lack of professional care can lead to gum disease. Having your teeth cleaned only every three years is not enough...

Reversing Gum Disease Naturally

Praise for Reversing Gum Disease Naturally Reversing Gum Disease Naturally emphasizes the blending of the classical and holistic approaches to oral hygienic health care. Sandra Senzon, R.D.H., emphasizes the gentle, natural nurturing of the gingival tissues in order to resist bacterial invasion, and thus maintain your proper gingival health. She also stresses the concept of teeth lasting for a lifetime through enlightened prevention, including proper home care and oral hygiene. This book allows...

Seeds Berries and Leaves Seeds

Sesame and sunflower seeds have minerals needed for strong teeth and healthy gums. Chew them slowly, and you will find that they help strengthen the gum tissue. Bilberries are a fruit that can help in dental hygiene. The American blueberry is the same as the European bilberry, a perennial shrub that grows in Europe. The major difference between the two is that the American blueberry is white or cream-colored inside, while the European bilberry is purple. Bilberries and bilberry extract can be...

Selenium

Selenium protects against cadmium and mercury toxicity (including against the mercury in your dental fillings) and overactivity of vitamin E. A deficiency of selenium might show up as aging pigment on your skin. Toxic levels of selenium may cause hair and nail loss, as well as high rates of cavities if selenium was taken during tooth development. Foods rich in selenium are chard, cucumber, fish, pear, sweet potatoes, kidney, liver, and seafood. Recommended daily intake Selenium requirements...

Signs of Disease

There are many signs that indicate the presence of gum disease. They can include Halitosis, or bad breath. An end product of this disease process and tissue breakdown is very often mouth malodor, or halitosis, commonly called bad breath. Although halitosis is a common symptom of periodontal disease, it may be caused by other health problems or conditions as well, such as gastritis (acid stomach). If your breath is sour in the morning, it might be due to dehydration or loss of saliva during...

Silicon

Silicon is needed for connective tissue, for DNA synthesis, and in maintaining artery walls. It is found in bone-building cells and collagen. It can decrease calcium and increase magnesium in the blood. A silicon deficiency might mean that your bones break more easily. With this deficiency you can have a weaker support of the bone that surrounds the teeth, which is a cause of gum disease. Foods high in silicon are pumpkin, rhubarb, strawberries, and sunflower seeds. Recommended daily intake No...

The Natural Process of Healing How It Begins

The natural reversal process of gum disease starts with proper instrumentation in the dental office. If you have gum disease, the first step is to go to a dentist's office for a cleaning. Dental hygienists and dentists are trained specifically to treat the gums and provide proper cleanings to help eliminate the hardened material or tartar that attaches to the tooth and root structure. It is important for the hygienist or the dentist to do a thorough cleaning and to work with hand instruments...

Summarizing the Contributors That Can Lead to Gum Disease

The key problems that can create the onset of gum disease lie strictly with each individual. Simply speaking, you must develop good oral hygiene habits at an early age. If this hasn't happened yet, then I hope my book will help motivate you to develop good oral hygiene habits. Don't wait till your mouth becomes a serious problem. Gum disease comes on quietly, but like a volcano, it can erupt quickly. Here are some of the causes of gum disease that you should try to eliminate in your life.

Systemic Diseases Affecting Early Onset of Periodontal Disease

It's important to know that some children may have systemic problems that affect the gum tissue. Juvenile diabetes affects the gums at an early age. Other systemic conditions affecting the periodontal condition of your child are associated with Down's syndrome (Mongolism). Papillon-Lefevre Syndrome (PLS) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disease that is associated with prepubes-cent periodontitis. Your child can also develop prepubes-cent periodontitis, but this is rare. ANUG (acute...

The Role Tobacco Plays

Tobacco use is an important risk factor in periodontal disease. It is likely that tobacco suppresses certain components of the immune system. Impaired neutrophil (white blood cell) function, induced by the use of tobacco-containing products, appears to have an impact on the gums. In fact, smoking can irritate and stretch the gum tissue. Smoking also suppresses the immune system, leaving you open to frequent infections and gum problems. Tobacco also decreases the vitamin C level in the body,...

The Tooth Spa Hygiene Station

The tooth spa program is an innovative gum-care program adapted from treatments I had at a spa I frequented in New York. Dental hygiene professionals and specialists are so concerned with the removal of tartar and bacteria they often omit the healing necessities of the gums. I developed the tooth spa program because people are able to understand the need to clean and massage their gums by associating gum care with skin care. An at-home spa approach to dental hygiene home care will allow you to...

The Teen Years

When your child becomes an adolescent, don't let him or her start neglecting the teeth and gums Teenagers have poor sleep habits and diets they often eat high amounts of sugar and usually have little time to eat a well-balanced diet. Fast-food meals are not nutritious for a young adult. Living this kind of lifestyle can lead to gingivitis, an upset in the flora of the mouth that leads to bleeding gums and loose gum tissue. If not attended to, it can cause periodontal disease. Adolescence is a...

Therapeutic Healing

The mouth needs nurturing and healing products to induce a natural reversal of gum disease. Unfortunately, many of us take out our anger on our teeth's fragile gum tissue. (If you realize this, then you are already ahead of the game.) Oral therapeutics, however, strive for healing of the gum tissue. Healing of any tissue of the body needs proper guidance with the right products, and most of all, our own loving touch. Therapeutics refers to energy transference and is simply the use of heart...

Tips on Finding a Good Dental Professional for Your Child

It is important to find a good professional for your child. An early experience with a good professional can lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Please follow the suggestions below to make this experience easier. Many parents seem dumbfounded and ask neighbors or their pediatricians for recommendations but do these people really know A neighbor may be a good reference because of the experience his or her child had. Things to look for include The office should be a cheerful and...

Tobacco Smoking

Another stress-related habit is smoking. Smoking can destroy your health because cigarettes contain thousands of toxins. Smoking is immunosuppressive, and it may take over three months to reverse the damage it causes. The use of tobacco products puts you at a high risk of periodontal disease. Tobacco smoking has been associated with acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG), a severe form of gingivitis. Nicotine use can reduce antibody production, alter T-cell ratios, and reduce the...

Toothbrush Massage

Massage is mostly thought of as a total body workout. The gum tissue needs similar treatment. Think of the fragile tissue as loose flabby muscles. Tightening this loose gum tissue can be done with massage. Massage brings circulation and new blood cells to the area of inflammation. In gum disease, you may find swollen, infected tissue that needs repair and reattachment. The best method of creating healing for the gum tissue is a gentle massage with a soft toothbrush. Cooking has taken us to...

Understanding Gum Disease

With increased awareness of periodontal disease and a greater selection of dental hygiene products available, why is gum disease the most commonly diagnosed health problem among today's American adult population, affecting approximately 40 million people Since this disease of the mouth has a destructive nature, it is important that you follow the guidelines described in this book to help begin the healing process. People have been losing their teeth as part of the aging process however, with...

Various Essential Oils

Mandarin oil is especially good to use with young children, as it helps to relax them. If your children are relaxed, you are more apt to be relaxed. Mandarin can also reduce anxiety for adults, thus creating a more positive outlook and helping your gums to heal faster. This oil will calm an upset mind or tense body. A drop or two rubbed on the solar plexus can reduce the tense and upset parts of your body. This oil has similar benefits to those of toothpaste because it activates the metabolism...

Why Diet Plays an Important Role

Diet is important in controlling periodontal disease because bacteria in the mouth use sugars for energy and reproduction. When your oral hygiene is poor and your diet is high in sugar, more bacteria are produced. The higher bacterial level will then inflame the gums and may increase plaque formation, resulting in gum disease. If we consume a high-sugar diet, the body will produce more bacteria in the mouth. Stress, combined with such a sugar diet, adds acid to our saliva and will show its...

Vitamin A

The bone surrounding the teeth needs attention given to it that is equal to that given to other bones in the body. Vitamin A is needed for the formation of this bone. Vitamin A deficiency in the mouth can show up as thin enamel, chalky patches on your teeth, decreased tooth growth, retarded eruption, malpositioned teeth, soft teeth, dry mouth, and defective dentin formation, because it can decrease the activity of new cells. On the other hand, excessive consumption of vitamin A can result in a...

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is needed for collagen and is needed for building bone cells. Since vitamin C is responsible for the formation of collagen, a constituent of all connective tissue, it is one of the most important vitamins for healthy gums and for proper healing to take place after mouth surgery. Vitamin C deficiency can cause the mouth to be extremely dry, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Because the mouth is a mirror of the body, it may show early signs of vitamin C deficiency, such as...

Web Sites

Many dental practices are now on the Web. You can view my Web site at toothfairyshow.com, which will introduce you to the office. If certain procedures are used and you are interested in these procedures, you can view the information on the Web site. Most Web sites can be categorized as Holistic Dentistry, Gum Disease Prevention, and Cosmetic Dentistry. You can try various search engines and select the category you are most interested in. Many Web sites have photos of the professional, and you...

When Your Child Has Braces

A child with braces might be a candidate for gingivitis, with possible surgery needed after the removal of the braces. When braces are worn, gum tissue can swell and stretch. The tooth movement causes pressure on the gum and this creates stretching of the gum fibers and causes irritation. You may notice blood on your child's toothbrush. If so, make sure that your child massages his or her gums daily with a natural cleansing toothpaste with baking soda. Also, children who wear braces usually...

Motivating Your Child

Poorly motivated children are candidates for gum disease. You are their guardian to help them prevent the onset of the disease. Highly motivated children have highly motivated parents those who continue to work with their own hygiene problems help to motivate their children. Make sure to compliment or reward your child for good oral hygiene, and compliment your child's smile. As just discussed, set up a fun and playful work station help your children love their teeth by using fun products such...

Using the Mind BodySpirit Connection to Eliminate the Effects of Stress

The mind-body-spirit connection to stress embraces the probability that stress can contribute to illness. In a positive state, the mind promotes better immune functioning for the body. Our will, or spirit, contributes to our well-being. Depression can lead to ill health and bad habits that can lead to disease. If your spirit is low, it can lower the immune system and bring on disease. Stress comes from lack of hope and leads to negative or ill health. Ill health can cause more stress. If you...

Dance Movements for Stress Reduction

Dance and movement are recognized by many as a stimulant for the immune system. It is a therapy used to release stress and reduce pain. Personality is connected to movement, and the release of personal expression through dance therapy also helps reduce depression. I advise dancing in group sessions, starting with warm-up sessions. Rhythm, which one develops through dance, does play a factor in the treatment of the mouth. You can massage with your brush, floss, and other oral products using a...

Aromatherapy and Its Use in Gum Therapy

The aromas of flower and herb essences have healing effects on the body. This can be related to the mind-body healing system. Have you noticed that some scents make you feel good and that you are repelled by others Aromatherapy can be used either in private practice or in your home. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to aid in healing. These oils are the natural distilled essences of plants, herbs, and flowers considered to be the heart and soul of the plant. For most of us, eucalyptus may have...

Brush and Toned Massage

The soft massage and cleansing approach is similar to the spa approach for the total body. Think of your gum tissue as you would the skin on your face. Use a massage tool (a toothbrush) for the gums. You should have a manual and an electric toothbrush available. I suggest choosing a special soft bristle brush designed for gum care. Take the side of the brush and direct it to the gums. Then shimmy the brush back and forth using your own healing energy. I say healing energy' because we all have...

How to Work with a Conventional Dental Practitioner in Natural Healing

Not all dentists employ or are natural healers themselves. It is more the norm to have a dentist work in a conventional style. If you have selected a conventional dentist and still wish to use his or her services, then I would suggest that you locate a holistic dental hygienist in addition to help you reverse gum disease naturally. However, if you prefer a nonsurgical approach, you must let your dentist know. If he or she objects, then you have to decide if you are working with the right...

Massage Therapies

Massage therapy is effective in healing the whole body. Here are some different kinds of massage. Foot massage. According to practitioners, when there is an imbalance in the body, granular crystalline substances are deposited on the reflex point. Can this correlation occur with the mouth Can the blockage of the meridians in the mouth cause calcium deposits such as tartar No research supports this theory at the present time, but it is possible. In reflexology massage, pressure is placed on the...

Phantom Pain Atypical Facial Pain

Phantom pain is a persistent pain in the teeth, face, or alveolar process (bone) following a root canal therapy, an api-coectomy (surgical removal of an infection or cyst), or a tooth extraction. It may be a deep, dull ache with periodic sharp attacks. Three to six percent of those who undergo a root canal therapy have a phantom pain sensation in the area of the treated tooth. Phantom pain also is often experienced in people who have lost limbs they can still feel the presence of the limb and...

What about Electric Toothbrushes

Circulation of the gum tissue provides a good supply of blood to the tissue. Toughening and increasing the circulation of the gum tissue will reverse gum disease in a natural way. It can help to tighten the tissue and bring the proper source of blood to the inflamed site. If you choose to massage with a new, high-tech toothbrush, it can help shrink the swollen tissue. Many of these new products have a massage action to the brush. But do not let the brush control you. You must control the brush...

Somatic Pain Disorder

This condition stems from local (oral periodontal) tissue injury, and shows up as inflammation and local tooth problems, such as decay. For example, you go to the hygienist for a thorough cleaning and now your gums feel raw and swollen. After leaving the office, you are having a sensation of pain. (Does this sensation make you feel that you want to return for another cleaning No ) My patients don't experience this pain sensation, because after a gum treatment I massage the tissue...

Menopause

Women who enter menopause go through hormonal changes. Usually there is a lack of estrogen and progesterone, which causes osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the thinning and loss of bone structure in the body. In the mouth there can be a form of osteoporosis leading to bone loss surrounding the teeth. The bone supports the teeth and holds them in their sockets. New bone is made by osteoblast (bone-building) cells, and old bone is restored by osteoblasts. However, estrogen in the body reduces...

Oral Irrigators

Oral irrigators, such as the Water Pik, can aid in directing natural healing products under the gum and into the pocket of the gum. Using pure distilled water in the oral irrigator with a natural antibacterial such as the extracts mentioned above will help fight gum disease and reverse the process naturally. But it is important to remember to use these tools daily. Using an oral irrigator is like washing your skin. A tincture will not clog your oral irrigator, but if it seems sluggish, flush it...

Why Stress Is the Culprit

Stress is a result of an endocrine and hormonal imbalance. It affects the normal balance of your body and can lead to gum disease. The mouth mirrors many conditions of the body, especially those caused by stress. Headaches, which are usually stress-related, can restrict blood flow to the head. As a result of the loss of blood flow, you can get a headache. Chronic stress can lead to gum disease by reducing the strength of the immune system, which leads to growth of bacterial plaque. This...

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can alleviate pain and enhance the immune system in response to a vital flow of life energy throughout the body. It can alter the perception of pain by intervening with neurotransmitters to the brain. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkilling chemicals. How does acupuncture work There are twelve major pathways, or meridians, each linked to a specific organ, and there are over a thousand acupoints (meridian points). When needles are placed at...

Vitamin B3 Niacin

Niacin is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. It acts as a coenzyme (catalyst) in the process that requires energy for normal cell function. Vitamin B3 deficiency results in pellagra, a disease characterized by a swollen tongue, inflammation of the mouth, diarrhea, and small, red eruptions on the backs of the hands. Good sources of niacin are meats, turkey and other poultry, fish, and peanuts. Fish that are rich in niacin are tuna, salmon, and swordfish. If you have any of the...

Vitamin B2 Riboflavin

This vitamin is involved in the production of energy through the conversion of nutrients in food. Commonly, symptoms of riboflavin deficiency are lips that may crack and become painful and ulcerated. They appear redder or whiter than usual. The corners of the mouth may also crack. Contact with food or drink may cause pain or a burning sensation on the tongue. Antidepressants decrease the positive effect of this vitamin, so be especially watchful if you are being treated for depression. Food...

Toothbrush Abrasion and Stress

Many people use their toothbrush too harshly and take out their frustrations by brushing too hard, causing toothbrush abrasion. This can end up ridging the enamel of your teeth. Enamel is a veneer that can be ridged by a hard brush or heavy-handed brushing. The ridge line that many professionals see is close to the gum line. This ridge can become a holding place for food and plaque to attach to. This area, if grooved deeply, will collect bacterial plaque that can be a cause of gum disease. If...

Herpes Simplex Virus

Herpes simplex is an inflammatory viral disease that manifests itself as ulcers in the mouth and gingival tissues. The gums can become inflamed, especially in the region of the ulcers. If you have a severe occurrence of the virus, then you should seek medical advice to see if there are other underlying factors causing this condition. Herpes simplex can be chronic and latent, returning later in life. The gums can become inflamed, especially in the regions of the ulcers. Remedies Seek medical...

Tinctures

You can buy tinctures in most health food stores. You may also find tinctures in health food catalogues. If you have any problems locating them, just write to me (see address at the back of the book) and I can order them for you. Tinctures are made from herbs and can be used at home. Add the tincture to an oral irrigator and then irrigate the tincture mixed with water onto and under the gums. When I treat patients' gum tissues by deep root planing and scaling, I dip the instrument into the...

Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a diseased condition that appears as inflammation of the skin. The gum tissue is much like the skin on your face and shares similar histologic (cellular structure) characteristics. Diseases affecting your skin are lichen planus, candidiasis, psoriasis, pemphigus vulgaris, and pemphigoid. Lichen planus is a chronic disease related to the immune system, often affecting people in middle age. It affects the mucous membranes of the mouth. You may see a white lacy line on the gingiva...

Eliminating Fear

What keeps people away from dental treatment It is usually fear and anxiety. An unpleasant past experience, or hearing about negative experiences from other people, is probably a major cause of dental disease and gum disease. Children who have had a negative experience in a dental office may harbor negative thoughts for a lifetime. As children often do not understand what is happening to them in the dental chair, they feel out of control. This lack of control can play havoc with the mind....

Teaching Your Child about Gum Massage

It's easy to prevent gum disease in children, and they have a better cleansing saliva than adults. The saliva is thinner and less acidic, which lessens plaque formation. Still, proper massage of the gums at an early age is important. You can help your children to find their gum line (where the teeth meet the gums). While children rarely get gum disease, they can become candidates for future gum disease if they do not massage their gums effectively. Massaging the gums will lead to healthy...

Vitamin B Pyridoxine

Vitamin B6 is critical in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function. In the mouth a sign of its deficiency may be cracking of the lips and tongue. Vitamin B6 plays a vital role in the production of new cells, and contributes to a properly functioning immune system. This affects the mouth because it plays an important role in the health of the mucous membranes and skin. These tissues have a great need for the proper amount of vitamin B . Low levels of vitamin B (as well as folic...

Leukemia and Other Diseases

The oral cavity can be a diagnostic indicator for many diseases of the immune system. The lymphocytes (white blood cells, or disease-fighting cells) are the key cells of the immune system. Systemic diseases characterized by reduced host defense include diabetes and Down's syndrome. They are usually accompanied by severe gum disease. Leukemia is another disease that shows up in the gum tissue. In certain forms of leukemia, there is increased susceptibility to infection and periodontal disease....

Charting and Drawing an Outline of Your Mouth

View your mouth in a well-lit room with a mirror. If you have a dental mirror, use it to look at the inside of your mouth. If you do not have a dental mouth mirror, then go to your nearest drug store and order one. If you are having trouble locating one, feel free to call me (my number is listed at the end of the book). Looking at your teeth as a lay professional may be a new experience for you. Take the small mouth mirror and insert it into your mouth to reflect your back teeth. (Again, make...

Breaking the Thumb Sucking Habit

Thumb sucking can be a cause of gum problems in children. There are germs on your childrens' fingers, and with thumb sucking they are constantly transmitting these germs into their mouths. The germs will be transferred to the soft gum tissue and the teeth. The gum tissue will get inflamed, leaving a red line or marginal gingivitis. Thumb sucking is also bad because it can push the teeth out of alignment, and in one's adult years this can cause gum disease. The malaligned teeth become food...

Cheek Biting

Chewing on the lining of your cheeks and biting your lips may be a nervous habit. This may lead to ulcers and irritation. Irritation of your cheeks will make it difficult for you to effectively perform oral hygiene, thus possibly leading to gum disease. Ulcers in your mouth can spread and irritate the gum tissue. Remedies Consciously try to stop this habit. Stress can cause us to hurt our body parts. Remind yourself of the good that is in your life, and that you can decrease your stress level...

Mouthwash

The mouthwash used in my office is Bioforce Echinacea, an herbal mouthwash. It is a natural holistic composition of herbs that contains echinacea. Echinacea has been found to be a good wound healer for the oral cavity. I use it during gum cleansing. The mouth needs to be healed and soothed from time to time, and echinacea is soothing to the gums and can be used for prevention of soreness. It can help reduce fungus in your oral cavity, a cause of gum disease. I tell my patients to alternate it...

Vitamin B Pantothenic Acid

This vitamin is converted in the body to a catalyst called coenzyme A. The breakdown of fatty acids, metabolism of carbohydrates, conversion of glycogen to glucose, and steroid hormones require coenzyme A. Deficiencies of vitamin B5 are extremely rare. If this occurs, a person is severely fatigued, and has headaches, nausea, abdominal pain, and cramping of leg muscles. Tobacco use decreases the absorption of this vitamin. Foods rich in this vitamin are brewer's yeast, calves' liver, peanuts,...

Natural Toothpaste

Used for dental health and gum care, this toothpaste not only cleans your teeth without being abrasive, but also feeds your gum tissue. Echinacea is extracted from several species of plants commonly called purple coneflower. Dr. Gerhard Madaus was the researcher who imported echinacea seeds from North America to Europe and scientifically studied them and found that they had immunostimulating properties. Echinacea is known to help heal surface wounds. It also helps heal gums that are sore and...

Temporomandibular Disorder TMD

Still another painful condition is related to temporomandibular disorder. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint by the ear that allows the mouth to open and close. This joint can become arthritic, much as any joint in your body can, and can cause you pain. Usually people complain about arthritis in their knees or in the joints of their fingers. But every joint is composed of synovial fluid and ligament attachment, and thus is subject to arthritis. A dental professional may be called on...

Natural Mouthwashes versus Commercial Brands

Sir Joseph Lister, who discovered the medical benefits of antiseptics, invented Listerine in 1879. Listerine originally was used as an antiseptic for cuts, scrapes, insect bites, and dandruff. You can find these same claims on the bottle today. In 1921 the company found another use for the product thus the slogan, Remember, nothing exceeds halitosis as a social offense. Nothing exceeds Listerine as a remedy. Due to the social connotation of bad breath and the smart advertising of Listerine,...

Biofeedback

Machines and instruments are used in biofeedback to help you learn to self-regulate your body functions, and to control your blood pressure and heart rate. Electronic beeps and flashes provide information about the body's changes, and by responding to these signals, you can learn (with the help of a practitioner) how to regulate your body's response. If you have anxiety about going to the dentist, you may learn to regulate your blood pressure and heart rate with biofeedback procedures, which...

Hiv

AIDS is defined as acquired immune deficiency syndrome, a severe condition that is different from any other disease because it has no constant specific symptoms. People with HIV infection or AIDS have oral manifestations that appear as inflamed gum tissue and severely inflamed mucous tissue. These individuals can also have abnormalities such as herpes appearing in the mouth, leukoplakia (a whitish patch found on the cheek), and precancerous lesions. People with AIDS are more prone to...

Macrobiotics

I would like to share with you a diet that is five thousand years old, and from the Orient. This specific diet helps build vitality, nerves, and muscular strength. The mouth, which is in direct relationship to the body, reacts accordingly, thereby giving the gums and teeth added vitality and strength. The art of macrobiotics helps in the understanding of longevity, the wholesome, creative life, and the balancing of yin and yang (passive and active) elements that exist in everything and every...

The History of Gum Disease

Luckily, many dentists have been true pioneers in the prevention of tooth loss and have helped create the techniques and instruments for scaling teeth that are used today. Knowledge of gum disease dates back as far as 1746, when Dr. Pierre Fauchard, a surgeon-dentist who is known as the father of modern dentistry, wrote a paper titled Le Chirurgien Dentiste that described gum disease. Dr. Fauchard advised patients to wash out their mouths with tepid water after having cleaned their teeth. After...

Qigong

This energy-based therapy can help the mind, body, and spirit in people of all ages. Qi-gong is the learning of breathing techniques and movements that stimulate the life force within the body. Stretching in front of the body can enhance lung capacity. Certain exercises will help you to recognize the chi energy within your body. Like acupuncture, qi-gong activates the electrical currents that flow within the pathways of the body and breaks down the energy blocks of the body. Qi-gong can...

Introduction

Have you been told that you have periodontal disease Do you dread losing your teeth My book will guide you to the truth about gum disease. Reversing Gum Disease Naturally is packed with information you need to help you keep your natural teeth. Treatment of gum disease does not have to be the painful experience that unfortunately has been for some of my patients who have been treated by hygienists practicing other techniques. Reading this book will acquaint you with oral hygiene and help you...

Bruxism

If you find that your jaws are tight when you awake, you may be clenching and grinding your teeth in your sleep. The grinding and clenching of teeth is a habit called bruxism, and it is caused by stress. Clenching is a continuous or periodic closing of the jaw under vertical pressure. Grinding is a rhythmic side-to-side movement or a forward-and-back movement. The teeth are under severe pressure when you clench and grind them. The constant moving of your teeth back and forth while grinding will...

Energetic Relations of Teeth with Organs of the Body

There is a theory that the teeth relate energetically to the organs. Reflexology is the study of the meridians that con- nect to the bodily organs in an organic totality the mouth is included in this. The meridians are energetic pathways between the teeth and the organs. Meridians surround each tooth, connecting them to the total body. For example, the upper right wisdom tooth relates to the anterior pituitary lobe, internal ear, tongue, shoulder, top of the foot, sacroiliac joint, duodenum on...

How to Start Caring for Your Gums at Home

Gum tissue is connected to the bone by fibers. You can achieve reattachment of these gum fibers by using a gentle massaging stroke with a soft brush. So, using the side of a small-headed, soft toothbrush that has a dab of herbal toothpaste on it, gently massage the tissue with a shimmying side-to-side stroke. Such massage stimulates circulation, which aids healing in the gum tissue. Using a massage stroke with a soft brush will help you bring the healing blood cells of the gums to the surface....

Energetic Relations of Teeth continued

Tooth 19 (lower left first molar) veins, large intestine left side, lung left side, shoulder elbow left side, hand, big toe, ethmoid cells, nose Tooth 20 (lower left second bicuspid) mammary glands, lymph vessels, esophagus, stomach left side, spleen, anterior hip, anterior knee, medial ankle joint, maxillary sinus, tongue, gonad Tooth 21 (lower left first bicuspid) mammary glands, lymph vessels, esophagus, stomach left side, spleen, anterior hip, anterior knee, medial ankle joint, maxillary...

Medications and Their Effects on Gum Disease

You may be unaware that certain medications can cause changes to your gum tissue and promote gum disease. The most common of these are antiseizure medications taken for epilepsy. Dilantin, for example, is a drug that can create gingival overgrowth, which has the appearance of thickened tissue and loosened gums. Antidepressants such as Paxil, Elavil, and Zoloft create gingival overgrowth and swellings throughout the mouth. Studies have shown that these changes take place on a cellular level and...