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Last updated February 7, 2017 (originally published February 12, 2009)

By Susan M. Callahan, Health Editor and Featured Columnist





Gum disease affects more than your smile. Gum disease, left
untreated, pours bacteria into your mouth, down your throat
and from there into your bloodstream 24 hours a day. It's an
open spigot of germs flooding your entire body.  Researchers
have linked untreated gum disease with a
significant increase in
your risk for heart disease. Several studies have identified
periodontal disease as a major risk factor for heart disease,
including a 2009 study from the Veterans Medical Center in
Oregon.

If you are diabetic, gum disease can increase your risk for
developing other complications such as renal failure.

The exact mechanisms that link gum disease with diabetes and
heart disease are believed to involve the effects of  
inflammation. Inflammation is a pre-condition for many disease,
including heart disease, stroke and cancer.  

[Update:

Moreover, not only does having inflammation in your gums
increase your risk for diabetes but the reverse is also true ---
having diabetes increases your risk of having gum disease. A  
2012 study from the Department of Periodontology of Fatima
Memorial Hospital College of Dentistry and Medicine discovered
that "periodontal status as estimated by probing depth and
degree of attachment loss deteriorates significantly with poor
glycemic control in diabetes." ]

Gum disease
is reversible.  Don't believe any one who tells you
otherwise. I had 8 to 10 centimeters of bone loss around some
of my molars  20 years ago and now I have 1 to 2 centimeters.
Here are the steps you need to take to remedy gum disease.

Here is the best natural, non-surgical routine for treating gum
disease bar none , drawn from my personal experience and
research studies:

1.
Get a Scaling.  Gum disease advances from simple gingivitis
(bleeding of the gums) to wobbly teeth to tooth loss. Dentists
can measure how much bone you have lost by probing.  Normal
teeth have maybe a 1 to 2 centimeter of depth before the
probe hits bone. If you have gum disease, the probe may go as
deep as 5, 6 , 8 or even 10 centimeters in the case of severe
bone loss.  Scaling is a deep cleaning along the root of the gum
to pry away plaque and caked-on bacteria. If your dentist can't
do a scaling, see a periodontist.


























2.
Use an Electric Tooth brush with Sonic Technology. Not all
toothbrushes and not all electric toothbrushes are created
equal. I use Sonicare. I use it to clean not only my teeth but I
also run the brush across my gums, massaging them every day.

The sonic  waves help to dislodge the food that gets trapped
under the gum line, rots, and causes inflammation.

If you can't afford the Sonicare, at least get a good electric
tooth brush and be extra diligent in using it. If the timer is set
to run for 2 minutes, then by all means use the tooth brush for
the full 2 minutes. Don't cheat yourself.  

3.
Rinse with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. As we've written in
another article on
mouth hygiene, new research studies have
found that hydrogen peroxide is the most effective mouth wash
for killing bacteria under your gum line and between your
teeth. Period.  

Anaerobic bacteria don't like air. Hydrogen peroxide floods
them with the oxygen they hate. It  kills them.  Get the 3%
hydrogen peroxide solution. Research has found that weaker
hydrogen peroxide solutions just aren't as effective. (Read
more about
how to kill the bacteria between your teeth.)


4.
Floss Every Single Day. You have to floss to clean out the
food that gets trapped between your teeth. Buy the floss sticks
which have little handles like in the picture above. Use the floss
to clean between the teeth.

Then , gently use the little handle to excavate any food that is
under the gum line. Gently. Don't dig so deep that you hurt
yourself. Just get the food out and get out.

5.
Stop Eating 4 Hours Before Bedtime. If you eat just before
you go to bed, you increase the likelihood that sugar will still
remain there by the time you go to bed. Stop eating well before
bedtime and, of course, brush your teeth thoroughly before
going to sleep.

6.
Chew Eucalyptus Gum.  Can chewing gum help to fight gum
disease? The answer is "yes" according to a 2009 study from
the Department of Preventive Dentistry of the Osaka University
Graduate School of Dentistry in Osaka, Japan.

This study found that chewing gum which contains eucalyptus
extract (either 0.6% or 0.4% concentration) for 12 weeks
significantly reduces gingivitis and periodontal pockets.


7. Use Aloe Vera as a Mouthwash. Studies have found that aloe,
when used in a mouthwash, helps to promote the good
bacterial environment of your tooth sockets, helping to fight
periodontal disease.

One such study in 2011, from Jaipur Dental College in India,
found that aloe vera placed in the dental sockets helps to
promote bone healing and gum fight infection.

Aloe vera is able to reach the deep pockets where dentists find
it difficult to clean.

As the study noted, aloe vera "reduces bleeding, inflammation
and swelling of the gums. It is a powerful antiseptic in pockets
where normal cleaning is difficult, and its antifungal properties
help greatly in the problem of denture stomatitis.




















































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