Periodontal Disease

Periodontal means ‘located around a tooth’, and may refer to any disorder of the gums or other supporting structures of the teeth. Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) is the most common form of periodontal disease and is frequently a result of improper diet, ill-fitting dentures, uneven bite, plaque build-up or some other source of irritation. In necrotizing gingivitis, (trench mouth) infection is the cause. Pyorrhea (periodontitis) is a condition resulting from the above if the inflamed gums (which are swollen and red, and bleed when brushed) are not cared for. It is characterized by receding gums, weakened tooth sockets and loose teeth. Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth, characterized by creamy white patches coating the inside of the mouth, and is generally accompanied by a foul odour. If it gets into the bronchial tubes and lungs it can be fatal.

Recommended Action

Manual daily flossing of the gums and teeth, as well as the use of a proxy brush (consult a dental hygienist) are important practices to restore dental health. Use a water pic with 1-2 tablespoons full of powdered Chlorella. Use organic Calcium/Magnesium supplements to strengthen the teeth and tooth sockets along with astringent herbs to tone and restore life to the gums.

Single Herbs: Chlorella (apply paste on gums and/or in water pic); Red Raspberry Leaf tea and White Oak Bark (applied between cheek and gums morning and night for all cases); Black Walnut extract (antibiotic and antifungal), for trench mouth and thrush, Goldenseal root; Bloodroot, Gotu Kola (mouth wash).

Nutritional Supplements:  Beta-carotene (100- 250,000 IU daily), B complex (one, twice daily), Folic acid (2 mg daily orally, and rinse mouth 5% solution two times daily), Vitamin C (500 mg, six times daily), Vitamin D (800 IU daily), Vitamin E (400 – 800 IU daily), Flavonoids, Calcium/Magnesium (600/300 mg), Potassium (600 mg), Zinc (30 – 60 mg daily), Multiminerals, Trace minerals, MSM (1000 mg twice daily).