Hi, I think my gums are receding fairly rapidly. I used to have just one tooth where the gums were receded and now I have several teeth where this is taking place. I am on a low budget, so I'm trying to figure out remedies for this problem other than internal cleansing... any recommendations?
Here is an article and I will hopefully post more. I have heard/read of herbs which help in this case, yet my email is loading very slowly and its hard to search my inbox. ( strange )
Anyhow I came upon this article which has some good advice yet stay away from fluoride!
"Vitamin C is one of the key vitamins needed for healthy gums. While it's not known exactly how vitamin C works, it appears to battle bacteria while promoting the formation of healthy new gum tissue. Numerous experiments in many Western countries have demonstrated that vitamin C as a supplement is extremely effective in reducing the inflammation and infection of periodontal disease, and in promoting the regeneration of gum tissue. To stimulate the gums, eat fresh fruit and vegetables rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, pineapple, broccoli, cantaloupe, cauliflower, asparagus, and strawberries.
Coenzyme Ql0, which is essential to healthy tissues, is a significant breakthrough in the fight against periodontal disease. Tests both here and in Japan have shown the remarkable effectiveness of CoQ10 supplements in reversing periodontal disease in both its early and later stages and in growing new tissue. There have been many instances of dramatic improvement in the case histories of patients who were no longer able to eat solid food until given CoQ10. I've had great success with my patients with this supplement.
Folic acid, which appears to make the cells more resistant to infection, is also help fill for periodontal disease. Food rich in folic acid includes spinach, chickpeas, and pinto beans.
Vitamin A, sometimes called the "skin vitamin," is helpful in repairing damaged tissue and fighting infection.
Calcium is also very important to prevent the loss of bone around the gums. This is called the alveolar bone, and it's the most active bone in the body, picking up calcium from the blood and giving it back. Calcium is particularly important for pregnant women and women past menopause, who frequently suffer from calcium deficiencies.
Vitamin E, which promotes a healthy vascular system while enhancing the immune response and fighting toxicity, is also valuable in restoring gums and reducing inflammation. Foods rich in vitamin E that are also good for stimulating the gums include wheat germ, peanut brown rice, walnuts, and almonds.
In addition to eating fresh foods to stimulate your gums, and taking to give your gums the nutrients they need to fight inflammation and infection, you must take a few minutes each day to take care of your teeth and gums.
Floss and brush after each meal. Floss between the teeth and at the gumline.
Brush at the gumline. Since plaque is trapped at the gumline, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, so that part of it brushes your gums while the other part cleans your teeth.
Keep two toothbrushes and alternate them so they can dry between uses.
Or get an electric toothbrush, which is twice as effective in removing plaque.
Use one of the rinses intended to loosen plaque.
Massage your gums to stimulate circulation. Grip the gum between thumb and index finger, with the index finger on the outside, and rub. Better yet, use a rubber gum stimulator.
If some infection is present, you can use a method recommended by Dr. Paul Keyes, the dentist and researcher who pioneered the nonsurgical approach to periodontal disease: "Dip your toothbrush in a solution of half hydrogen peroxide, half water, then dip it in baking soda, and smear the mixture along the gumline, making sure to get it in all the crevices between the teeth and gums.
NATURAL PRESCRIPTION FOR PERIODONTAL DISEASE:
Every six months, visit your dentist for a professional cleaning.
Follow the recommendations listed above under "Daily Care."
IN ADDITION TO YOUR DALLY SUPPLEMENTS, TAKE:
Vitamin C: 1,000 mg. three times a day.
Coenzyme Q10:30 mg. three times a day.
Folic acid: 800 mcg. a day.
Vitamin A: 10,000 I.U. a day.
Calcium: 1.200 mg. a day.
Vitamin E: 400 mg. a day.
IN ADDITION: Dr. Paul Keyes developed a nonsurgical approach to periodontal disease that involves professional and home care. His approach also includes a particular technique that involves scaling and root planning of the problem area not just above the gumline, but also within the pocket of the tooth. This technique has been proven to be as effective as surgery for many people. If you're facing periodontal surgery, or if you have gum problems that must be dealt with by a professional you might first consult with a dentist who is familiar with Keyes's techniques to see if' you can remedy the situation without an operation."
Hi, thanks for your response. I have been reading more about gum loss, and I see that it is a fairly serious problem! Any articles or suggestions you have would be much appreciated. I will send you my e-mail if you want to send things that way.
I see that this article recommends against fluoride. I have read that other places too, recently. What are good ingredients to look for in toothpaste? I have used several natural toothpastes, but my teeth turned yellow after a while, and so I figured these toothpastes were not of much use. I have also tried baking soda, but found it to be too abrasive. I think it made my teeth more sensitive.
At one point, I read one of Andreas' responses to a question on gum loss at his forum. He recommended a specific product that works for gum loss, but I can't locate the thread. Do you know anything about this?
Also, what kind of surgery do people get for periodontal disease? Something where they replace the gums?
1) White oak bark (herb), tightens gums. You might want to use Dr. Christopher's herbal teeth and gum powder, which contains this ingredient along with other good ingredients. I think you can google it to find out more, also there has been some interesting discussion in Ask Barefoot Herbalist about teeth.
2) Oil swishing/pulling. Basically you put some oil in your mouth and swish it around for about 10-15 minutes, spit it out and rinse the mouth. Whitens teeth, disinfects, great stuff.
Also, do you do gum exercise? If you don't, you should start. Besides flossing I think you need to get one of those rubber thingies that you put inbetween each tooth and wiggle around, or else those wooden dental sticks, you do the same thing.
Hey Squeaky, I was wondering if you could give me more information regarding the oil swishing/pulling........what type of oil are you talking about? Also, the gum exercising......is there a specific name brand of the rubber thingy or the wooden instrument that you use for the exercise? can i purchase one the these rubber or wooden things at the local drug store?
Gingivitis, periodontal disease and receding gums is caused by one main factor, loss of bone. It's really osteoporosis of the jaw which is the underlying factor, so to stop receding gums one needs to get to the root of the problem. This can only be done if one recognizes this and to try and rebuild the bone which can only be done with supplementation of calcium/magnesium preferably in colloidal form. it can take awhile but without this then the only other way is cosmetic surgery. Using sesame oil as a mouthwash is a good way to keep the mouth clean of bacteria, salt wash etc, but to build the bone you have to use bone building blocks, this is where calcium/magnesium comes in. You can get these minerals from food, but you would have to eat enormous amounts of dark leafy vegetables and drink milk which you will have to add magnesium too anyway because without it the rate of absorption of calcium from milk is minimal. Doctors wont tell you this, they'll tell you milk is good for your bones when in reality it isn't, until you add magnesium. Great for calfs, not humans. Do research, google Dr Joel Wallach and the disease your looking for. You may just save your teeth, and don't let some high falluting dentist tell you you can't rebuild bone in your jaw, they would like you to believe that so they can take your money and still not save your teeth but will be great for their bank account. Good luck.