So what is gum disease or periodontal disease?
In a healthy mouth, your gums are firmly attached to your teeth by what is called the periodontal, ligament. Periodontal means around the tooth. 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 or hurt with routine brushing, flossing, or when chewing food.
Even if you have been seeing your dentist or dental hygienist regularly, you may eventually have been told that you have gum disease, or periodontal disease. Since gum disease is usually painless, finding out that you have gum disease may come as a surprise.
Dentists or hygienists looks for gum disease by gently probing and measuring with a special dental instrument (called a periodontal probe), the depth of the normally small space between your gums and your teeth at the gum line. If you have been told you have gum disease, this means that the dentist or hygienist has found one or more spaces with the probe that are deeper than normal and bleeding has occurred during probing.
It also means that in these places your gums have become infected with germs, and your gums have already become detached from your teeth. The separation of your gums from your teeth creates a deeper space, called a gum pocket, which is filled with plaque, germs and tartar. Dental plaque is a soft deposit loaded with germs that accumulates on teeth. Tarter is hardened or calcified plaque. If nothing is done to alter the conditions that result in gum disease, you can eventually lose one or more teeth, or end up with a painful gum abscess.
At the beginning stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, your gums will still be attached to your teeth, even though they are already infected from germs in the plaque on your teeth. If you have gingivitis, your infected gums may bleed just from brushing your teeth, and you may have noticed that your gums are red or puffy. Sometime, you breath will have a bad odor which doesn’t seem to be helped by breath mints or a mouth wash. Whether your gums are at the gingivitis stage or any of the more serious, later stages of gum disease, this page will show you how you can almost always improve the health of your gums with the periodontal supplements described on this page.
How do you really get gum disease or periodontal disease?
Let’s look at gum disease from a holistic viewpoint. As already described above, gum disease appears to be caused by germs.Some germs are good – for example, we need lots of special bacteria called probiotics in our gut to remain healthy. Some germs are bad because, under the right circumstances, they can make you sick. 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. When your immune system isn’t strong enough to prevent these bad germs from growing around your teeth, they will establish themselves on your teeth, increase in number, and infect your gums. Then, and only then, can all the unpleasant consequences of gum disease occur. You let this happen when you exercise infrequently, or you expose yourself to toxic stresses, or you make diet choices that result in not eating the foods needed for healthy gums.
So what can you do about gum disease or periodontal disease?
You must make your immune system as strong as possible. You must do this because a poorly functioning immune system is not likely to be able to adequately cope with germs in your gums, whereas a vibrantly healthy immune system will protect you from the germs associated with gum infection.
How do you make your immune system as strong as possible?
From a holistic perspective, you will create an internal, slightly alkaline, health promoting state in your body and make your immune system vibrant, healthy and very strong, if you:
- 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.
- And include all natural, organic and whole food based periodontal supplements in your diet
Why do you need to take periodontal supplements?
If you are like most people, you will probably not be sufficiently motivated to follow a healthy lifestyle every day. This results in a weakened immune system that cannot function optimally. So the solution for strengthening your immune system and also making your gums as healthy as possible is to compensate for whatever elements of a healthy lifestyle you are lacking, by adding organic, all natural and whole food based periodontal supplements to your diet.
When you do this, your body receives the same nutritional nourishment it would get from eating all natural and organic whole foods. You develop the same increased ability to ward off infections because your immune system becomes stronger. Since gum disease is an infection, you also improve your ability fight any gum infection and make your gums healthier.
Are you concerned about gum disease? Would you like the peace of mind that can come from personally learning 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 have to do is complete the short form on the Free Nutritional Consultation page on this website.
What else can you do for your gums to keep them healthy?
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 your dentist is holistic, you are more likely to receive gum treatments that focus on eliminating the germs associated with gum infection without the use of 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 Dentist” link on the home page.
Brushing and flossing regularly is also helpful because it reduces the number of germs on the teeth and under the gums. The primary benefit of brushing and flossing is to remove germ filled plaque, thus making your breath smell better. Reducing plaque also helps your fillings last longer.
People with silver fillings, which contain large amounts of toxic mercury, may be at risk for gum disease, because mercury is known to cause bleeding gums, one of the signs of gum disease. If you are contemplating removing your mercury fillings to help you stop gum disease, please read the pages on this website which discuss Amalgam Poisoning, Amalgam Side Effects and Amalgam Chelation for help and information. Also, please look at the Resources and Referrals page for additional assistance.
Some people may also need medical care. There is strong scientific evidence that people who are diabetic have a greater likelihood of getting gum disease. Controlling, or even reversing diabetes, with appropriate holistic medical care, may prevent or resolve gum disease.