(Health Secrets Newsletter) Many people believe that the worst things about gum disease are bad breath and the possibility of losing their teeth. However gum disease can result in far worse problems. For example, people with gum disease are three times more likely to have heart problems and twice as likely to have a stroke compared to people that have healthy gums. Gum disease may also worsen respiratory problems such as chronic bronchitis, and most recently has even been linked to a higher risk for cancer.
The main causes of gum disease are failure to regularly practice good oral hygiene as well as consumption of processed foods that contain lots of sugar. Good oral hygiene includes regular brushing with a fluoride free toothpaste or cleanser and regular flossing. Besides brushing and flossing, regular use of a water irrigator to clean the teeth and gums and stimulate blood flow is also highly recommended.
When it comes to diet and nutrition, your best defense begins with eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and saying no to processed foods. Fruits and vegetables promote a healthy alkaline environment in the mouth. They are also high in fiber which can help clean the mouth. In addition to healthy diets, a good supplement derived from whole foods can also help promote better dental health. Vitamin C, calcium and magnesium are all especially important for healthy teeth and gums.
If you do have gum disease, the following suggestions may help you quickly and safely eliminate the disease and restore your gums and teeth to better health:
1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a good toothpaste or tooth powder that does not contain fluoride. Every time you brush, place a few drops of either neem oil or tea tree oil on your toothbrush. Neem and tea tree are antiseptic and effective against bacteria in the gums and mouth. Both have proven to be very effective at conquering gum disease.
2. Swish you mouth with colloidal silver a few times each day. Colloidal silver is an extremely powerful pathogen destroyer.
3. After your brushing and/or swishing, rub some neem oil or tea tree oil on your gums.
4. Make yourself a herbal mouth wash/rinse. The herbs goldenseal, myrrh, and calendula have all been used for hundreds of years for dental health. Combine 30 drops of the essential oil form of each in a small brown bottle. Store the tincture in a cool, dark place away from children and use as follows:
* Ideally, you should use a water irrigator with a tip that reaches below the gum line so that you can irrigate the areas between your teeth and gums where bacteria accumulate.
* Add 1/4 teaspoon of the herbal mixture to the reservoir of the water jet. For even better results, you can also add a few drops of neem oil or tea tree oil and plenty of colloidal silver. After brushing, spray around and between each tooth for 5 seconds.
* If you do not have an irrigator then swish the mixture in your mouth for 30 seconds, then spit out.
5. Another suggestion is to get yourself one or more Silver Aloe Skin Care bars from Utopia Silver and rub a wet toothbrush on the bar and then brush your teeth. Utopia Silver found out about the unanticipated benefit of the bars against gum disease when one of their customers called in to say that he had been doing this and his gum disease and plaque were gone. Since then, many people, including myself, have used those bars for our teeth and gums with great success. The bars are relatively inexpensive. In addition to about 50 PPM colloidal silver, they also contain plant derived minerals, aloe vera and essential oils (and no animal products or gelatin).
While any of the above suggestions will likely help your gums by themselves, using all of the suggestions in combination will almost assuredly be more than a match for gum disease.