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...