Do you suffer from Pyorrhea common name Periodontal Disease?
Holistic dentists have known for years that your oral health is a barometer for overall health. Dentists and dental associations worldwide are now recognising the systemic health benefits of a healthy mouth, which begins with healthy gums.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease and its related conditions are known by many names:
- Periodontal Disease,
- Periodontitis (Pyorrhea).
Simply put, gum disease manifests itself when plaque and tartar are allowed to build up at the gum line.
Plaque and tartar are full of bacteria, which can then cause an infection of the gums.
If this infection is allowed to progress, it can lead to abscesses as well as gum, bone and eventually tooth loss.
When the infection advances to the tissue and bone, this is known as Periodontitis and is very serious.
The condition of your dental work can also affect your periodontal health.
Broken fillings, decayed teeth that trap food, ill-fitting crowns or bridges – can all negatively impact your gum health.
Mercury from fillings can also lead to inflammation and periodontal breakdown.
Certain medical conditions, prescription drugs, hormonal changes (especially in pregnancy) and poor nutrition (notably a lack of B and C vitamins) can also lead to gingivitis.
How common is Gum Disease?
The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that nearly 53% of adults aged 20 and older have gum disease!
That’s over 150 million people in the United States alone! That number goes up to nearly 80% of adults when very early-stage gingivitis is taken into account!
What are the symptoms of Gum Disease?
Gum disease can seem very benign, and you may not even notice a problem. It is rarely painful, but it is vital to be familiar with some of the common signs:
- Bleeding gums when you brush and floss.
- Swollen, tender or red gums.
- Persistent bad breath.
- Teeth feel loose or like they’re separating/drifting.
- Receded gums – gums that have pulled away from teeth.
- Teeth don’t fit together the same way when chewing.
- A change in the way partial dentures fit.
Why is Gum Disease so dangerous?
The infection from gum disease can cause tooth and bone loss if left untreated.
Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults.
Without strong, healthy teeth you are less able to properly digest food and absorb the nutrients that you need.
What causes the greatest risk to your health is the infection. As it progresses, the infection releases more toxins into the bloodstream, leading to very serious health risks.
Sources: National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research and the American Heart Association
Is there a cure?
Absolutely, but the key to the cure is through early detection and prevention.
It is critical that you treat gum disease early because the tissue and bone that are destroyed unfortunately cannot be restored.
How can I Prevent Gum Disease?
You may take excellent care of your teeth and gums – brushing and flossing twice a day and more – but still get gum disease.
Even the most diligent home care can still allow regular bacterial plaque and tartar build-up.
VISIT A DENTAL HYGIENIST
Regular dental cleaning visits are crucial to prevent further the plaque and tartar build-up that causes gum disease.
During this visit, the hygienist and dentist will thoroughly examine the condition of your gums, and advise you if any additional course of action is necessary.
Systemic health is critical as well. Proper diet and nutrition are key in preventing the spread of bacteria and helping, your body heal naturally from any “dis-ease”. Your nutritional status and supplementation needs will also be discussed relative to your periodontal health.
We use various naturopathic principles to treat the cause and look for the disharmony in your body and mind to bring your body back to balance. Please see below a brief treatment (Rx) protocol and reference guide, with choices to help improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the headings and links within for more treatment information.
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Tissue Salt Rx
These tissue salts below singular or in combination may help with this condition.
Abscesses, gumboils, unnatural looseness of teeth, edges of gums are inflamed and bleed easily—pus in the gums and foul breath, yellowish and decayed teeth.
A decayed tooth, gums necrosed.
Inflamed, bleeding and septic gums.
Yellowish teeth and the root of teeth decayed. The gums are detached and ulcerated.
Nutritional Medicine Rx
Use Food as Medicine! Nourish your body and mind with fresh seasonal, whole foods. Clean unprocessed & unadulterated foods like nature intended. Support a back to the basic natural approach to eating. Visit your local farmer markets and buy organic produce where possible. Go vegetable crazy! Love your greens.
Food Sensitivity Testing is an easy way to take the guess work out of what may be contributing to you feeling unwell, suffering digestive problems, inflammation, bloating, skin conditions, asthma etc. A whole food natural diet is excellent to follow but what some people don’t realise is one man's food can be another man’s poison. Give your digestive tract a break and feed your body with food that heals. A stressed and inflamed digestive tract (gut) suffering dysbiosis needs help to build up a good microbiome balance. It is not only important for your ability to absorb and utilise nutrients but your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Seventy to eighty percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system and ninety percent of serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Serotonin is a key player in mood, anxiety, fear, and the general sense of happiness and wellbeing.
The intestinal microbiota (gut flora) helps in proper development of the host immune system, which in turn regulates the homeostasis of the microbiota. Good nutrition promoting good gut health microbiome promotes a healthy immune system.
The gastrointestinal tract is also sensitive to emotion. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.
Don’t diet! Listen to your body. Eat mindfully in a relaxed environment and choose quality, not quantity. Enjoy fuelling your body and treating it well.
Flower Essence Rx
- Bach Flower Essences
- Australian Flower Essences
Lifestyle Medicine Rx
Exercise and Fitness Management:Select an exercise activity or sport you enjoy. Choose something that works for you and aim for the 80/20 % approach and always listen to your body.
- Walking is a wonderful activity for all ages, shapes and sizes.
- Build up slowly but aim for 10,000 steps a day.
- I recommend investing in a motivational health monitor like ‘Fitbit’ and or an app like ‘MyFitnessPal’ to motivate you to have a go and strive to improve your fitness and maintain a healthy weight.
Hydration:Aim for 2 – 4 litres of clean, filtered water a day. One of the easiest ways to improve your health is to stay hydrated as your body is made up of 60% water and it needed by every cell of the body. Sugar, Salt and Coffee is dehydrating for the body. Often if you feel thirsty this is an early sign of dehydration. Make it a habit and drink throughout the day. Benefits include:
- Natural Detox – a naturally hydrated body purges the cells, eliminating stored toxins and bodily wastes.
- Digestion and Elimination – eliminates constipation, boating and helps improve general digestive disorders.
- Speeds Metabolism and helps with weight loss.
- Combats Fatigue – water is an important source of energy for your body.
- Reduces High Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol.
- Speeds up Joint and Cartilage repair.
- Skin Health – improves Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and Premature Skin Ageing.
- Slows the Ageing Process.
- Aim for 7 – 8 hours quality sleep.
- Turn off all electronic devices and avoid technology and hour before bed as this allows your brain to switch off and make it easier to fall asleep.
- Keep your bedroom just for sleeping & loving. Fresh Air – open a window. Light can make or break a good sleep cycle. Darken your room as much as possible.
- Don’t eat late in the night. Avoid caffeine and stimulants.
- Set your alarm to get to bed and wake at the same time every day.
- Night Cap: – Drink a warm lemon drink, herbal green tea or Golden Milk (Almond & Coconut Milk with beneficial spices) – “Turmeric Latte”, before bed.
- Create a nice environment with indoor plants, aromatherapy diffuser, soft relaxing music and anything that helps you promote a routine to wind yourself down to get much-needed sleep.