Guest Author - Linda Heywood
Is there blood on your toothbrush when you clean your teeth? This is something that should not be ignored. Infected, bleeding gums are a continual source of toxins and need treatment.
Are you cleaning your teeth properly? Cleaning and flossing regularly keeps the mouth healthy. Use a soft bristled brush that reaches everywhere in the mouth. Use a fluoride free toothpaste based on aloe vera and brush gently several times a day.
Is your vitamin B intake sufficient? A lack of it is a major cause in gum problems. Take wheat germ or brewers’ yeast supplement to help the problem. Calcium intake is also vital for healthy teeth and gums so get it from a crunchy stick of celery.
Sage, Thyme, Rosemary
Herbal decoctions can be made into mouth rinses and will give relief to sore gums. All of the above herbs can be made into a fairly strong solution by steeping the leaves in boiling water and leaving until cooled. When it has cooled, use the tea as a mouthwash and swish it around for as long as possible, forcing it between the gaps in the teeth. Sage helps to tighten the gums and is antibacterial and astringent. Thyme is strengthening and antiseptic. Rosemary is soothing and antiseptic.
Charcoal and Salt
There are alternatives to the regular fluoride toothpastes on the market. Charcoal is common remedies in home-made toothpowder. The ashes are disinfecting and help to whiten the teeth. Burn a slice of toast until it is thoroughly charred then pound it with sea salt and a tablespoon of dried peppermint and mix together with a few drops of essential oil of sage. Rub this mixture over the teeth and gums and rinse with water or herbal mouthwash.
Bicarbonate of Soda
This is one of the safest products with which to remove stains from teeth. The virtues of baking soda are that it neutralizes acids and acts as a very good cleanser and deodorizer. It is the least abrasive and helps maintain a stable pH balance in the mouth. Wet the toothbrush and dip it into a small amount of the soda, gently polish the teeth and massage the gums. Rinse with water or mouthwash.
If the gums are really bothersome try rubbing some oil of cloves onto them which is antiseptic and soothing as is cinnamon oil.
Periodontal disease involves inflammation and infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets. Injury to the gums from any cause, including overly vigorous brushing or flossing of the teeth, can cause gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums (gingivae). If not treated it could cause the lose of teeth.
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