What is pregnancy gingivitis?

Pregnancy gingivitis is an exaggerated inflammation of the gums during pregnancy that
may be the result of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy.  The hormonal
changes, especially the increased level of progesterone, may make it easier for certain
bacteria to grow, as well as make gum tissue more sensitive to plaque and exaggerate the
body's response to the toxins or poisons that result from plaque. In fact, if you already
have significant gum disease, being pregnant may make it worse.  Typical symptoms of
pregnancy gingivitis include swelling, bleeding and tenderness in the gums

Practicing good oral hygiene habits, especially flossing, reduces the risk and severity of
pregnancy gingivitis because it reduces the plaque on your teeth under your gums. Your
immune system is trying to defend the health of your gums by coping with the bacteria in
the plaque and the toxins they make. Reducing the plaque under the gums reduces the
bacteria and their toxins, which, in turn, reduces the stress on your immune system.

So what can you do about gingivitis?

Going to a dentist is a good start. If you are one of those people who see their dentist or
dental hygienist regularly, you may have already been told that you have bleeding gums
or gingivitis. If you haven’t been to a dentist in a long time, and you do finally go, you may
be surprised to hear that you have gum pockets, or even chronic periodontal disease.  In
either case, it is very important that you follow the advice of your dentist or hygienist,
because only these professionally trained people can thoroughly inspect your teeth and
gums, and only a dentist can recommend appropriate treatment for your gums. If you
choose to accept treatment, and the dentist is holistic, you are more likely to receive
biological treatment for gingivitis that focuses on nutritional support and eliminating the
germs associated with gum infection  
without resorting to antibiotics. To find a holistic
or biological dentist, go to the
International Academy of Oral Medicine and
Toxicology (IAOMT) and click on the “Find a Doctor” link on the home page.

For information on all natural remedies for gingivitis, please click on this link.

What can you do to remedy gingivitis?

If a poorly functioning immune system is unable to adequately cope with bacteria in
plaque and all the other kinds of stresses we are exposed to,
then it is reasonable to
assume that a vibrantly healthy immune system will behave the opposite way,
and enable you to easily and readily deal with all kinds of stresses, including
gingivitis
. From a holistic perspective, if you do the following, you will bring about two
critically important changes which will make you and your gums healthy:

  • Follow a healthy life style by consuming the right kinds of foods and drinks,
    including fruits and vegetables and other foods that are organic, whole grain,
    unprocessed or raw, and contain no added sugars, chemicals or synthetic
    ingredients of any kind.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid as many environmental toxins as possible.

This will create an internal, slightly alkaline, health promoting environment in your body
and second, you will make your immune system very strong.

Isn’t that really hard for most people to do?

That depends on your priorities.  Since most people will rarely meet all of the conditions
for health described above, the solution for strengthening your immune system is to still
consume the right kinds of foods and drinks when you can, to still exercise and avoid
toxins as much as possible, and
to compensate for whatever components of a
healthy lifestyle are missing from your lifestyle, by adding completely natural and
organic whole food supplement remedies to your diet
.

Why should you compensate for the elements of a healthy lifestyle you are lacking by
adding completely natural and organic whole food supplement remedies to your diet? The
answer lies in the fact that the human body is a marvelously designed living organism with
the ability to grow, regulate, repair, and defend itself when given natural, high quality, full
spectrum nutrients derived from natural and organically grown foods. In other words, a
well fed body is able to resist and heal disease better than a poorly fed body. Therefore,
a well nourished body is able to resist and heal gingivitis better than a poorly
fed body.
 

Supplement remedies made from all natural and organically foods nourish your body just
like all natural and organically grown foods do. When you add these supplements to your
diet, you strengthen and support your immune system,
which means you also support
your body’s ability to resist and even heal gingivitis!

Are you concerned about gingivitis, or possibly more advanced forms of gum
disease? Would you like to personally learn more about these supplements and
how they can help you? Dr. Gilbert’s offers a free, no obligation nutritional
consultation so you can talk to him about these remarkable supplements. All you
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Whatever health benefits you are seeking for your mouth, you are invited to try these
amazing supplements now and see for yourself how they can increase your confidence
regarding the health of your gums. That means greater peace of mind for you.
How much is that worth?
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What do gums look like when they are healthy?

In a healthy mouth your gums are firmly attached to your teeth by what is called the
periodontal, meaning around the tooth, ligament.  The attachment is strong and tight
enough to prevent any germs or their toxins from getting through, and any body fluids
from getting out. You can usually recognize when you have a healthy gum attachment
because your gums will be pink, firm, and
never bleed. They will also never hurt with
routine brushing, flossing, or when chewing food. Isn’t that how you would like your gums
to be all the time?
What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. Most dentists will tell you that the
inflammation is caused by bacteria in dental plaque. That’s because dentists are taught
in dental school that gingivitis is caused by germs in the plaque that forms on our teeth
at the gum line. The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine supports this
conventional view of gingivitis on its faculty reviewed
website.  The American Academy
of Periodontology (AAP) says on its
website that gingivitis is an infection.  This means
that the germs on your teeth are also in your gums
.  Dental Schools teach that gingivitis
can be reversed if you practice good oral hygiene every day by removing the bacteria
and plaque with brushing and flossing and if you also see a dental hygienist regularly
for dental cleanings.    

How can brushing and flossing remove the germs already in your infected gums? Do
you think that just brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque is a long term solution
for gingivitis, or is something missing from the advice on these websites? If you think
something is lacking, read this page for valuable, practical and useful information that
will provide you with the missing answers.  

How do you get ordinary gingivitis?

First let’s describe gum disease from a traditional scientific viewpoint.  We all have germs
in our bodies and on every skin surface, including our entire digestive tract and our
mouths. Germs on our teeth grow best in dental plaque, which is the gooey coating that
forms on our teeth when we don’t brush and floss correctly. If plaque is not removed, it
hardens, becoming tartar, or calculus. Tarter irritates the gums, and also provides
considerably more surfaces for bacteria to grow on.

Some of the kinds of germs that grow in the plaque on our teeth have the ability, when
conditions are right, to produce enzymes which dissolve the skin lining the part of our
gums touching our teeth, thus exposing small blood vessels in the process. This sets up
an unhealthy environment which allows germs to penetrate into our gums and into the
blood vessels in our gums.

These germs also produce toxins, which are actually their waste products. Our bodies
react to the toxic waste products by causing more inflammation to occur.  Inflammation is
intended to wall off the infection and destroy the germs by producing enzymes to kill the
germs. But these enzymes can also be damaging to us by making the inflammation worse.
You can recognize when this has happened, because you will notice you have swollen
gums that bleed, especially when you eat or brush your teeth.
Bleeding from your
gums is usually the first sign of gingivitis. Typically, you won’t have any pain.

The traditional explanation for the cause of gingivitis is complicated by the fact that certain
prescription medications, such as anti-seizure medicines and calcium channel blockers
can cause gums to grow too much and become inflamed, looking just like gingivitis.
Furthermore, people with poorly controlled diabetes, people taking steroid medicines,
pregnant women, and women taking birth control pills have a greater likelihood of getting
gingivitis. So is it the bacteria, the plaque, the medicines, other diseases, or combinations
of these, that are the cause of gingivitis? Let’s go on.

How does gingivitis really happen?

Now let’s look at gingivitis from a holistic viewpoint. The customary dental explanation is
that gingivitis appears to be caused primarily by germs. Are the germs really the problem,
or are we the problem? Some germs are good – for example, to remain healthy, we need
lots of special bacteria called probiotics in our gut. Some germs are bad because, under
the right circumstances, they can make us sick. But bad germs aren’t really bad. Bad
germs, including viruses and yeasts organisms, can only infect and hurt us
if we let
them do this
. For this to happen, they need an already weakened immune system, and
an acidic bodily environment which favors the growth of germs associated with infections.
This includes the mouth of course.  

Our susceptibility to the huge number of germs in plaque and on our gums is a
direct reflection of what we put in our body, including what we eat and drink.
 
It is the quality of these foods and drinks that matters -- are they organic and all natural,
or do they contain artificial and processed ingredients, because our entire body,
including our immune system, is made directly from the foods we consume.  Foods
determine whether we create a germ inviting, slightly acidic cellular environment, or a
germ inhibiting, slightly alkaline body environment.  In addition, we increase our
susceptibility to germs when we carelessly and needlessly expose ourselves to
environmental toxins, which are essentially cellular poisons. A poisoned immune system is
a weakened immune system that can be readily overwhelmed by disease provoking germs.

What about steroid medicines, or birth control pills or diabetes?   What role do they play
in contributing to gingivitis? Common sense says that medicines, with their incredible
ability to interfere with normal body functioning, not to mention all their side effects, are a
toxic insult to your immune system. Diabetes plays havoc with all aspects of human
metabolism. These so called risk factors for gingivitis are all very stressful to your immune
system, weakening it further, and allowing all the unpleasant consequences of gum
disease to occur.

To sum it all up, when your immune system isn’t strong enough to prevent
specific disease promoting germs from growing around your teeth, they will
establish themselves on your teeth and in your gums, thus causing your gums
to become infected, inflamed and bleed. That’s how you really get gingivitis.
Dr. Paul Gilbert
Dr. Paul Gilbert
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