Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when the soft gum tissue in the mouth starts to destruct.1
Besides the obvious reason of having healthy teeth and gums and a beautiful smile, the gums are important because they are an indication of the health of other tissues. Those with periodontal disease are more likely to have cardiovascular disease and diabetes.2
Many people wrongly assume that this issue is due to poor dental hygiene, which is of course possible but not always the case. Like any other part of the body, the teeth and gums are living tissues. The problem isn’t necessarily that there is some pathogen or sugar or other damaging substance ON the teeth/gums but rather it’s IN them. This is because they are receiving their nutrition from the inside. Much like plants get their nutrition from the soil via their roots, our teeth and gums get their nutrition from the “soil” of the body which is the fruit of our digestion and assimilation. Certain foods have been shown to exacerbate issues of the teeth and gums.3
What can you do to support your best gum health?
First, of course flooding the body with whole, natural organic plant foods would be of great help as they are loaded with an abundance of phytochemicals that reduce inflammation. To name a few, vitamin A, vitamin C4 and many antioxidants have shown to have a good result in helping this condition.5 A dramatic improvement in nutrition is likely to have a dramatic improvement in the health of your gums.6
And secondly, taking steps to ensure proper digestion would be critical. You can eat the best food available but if your body for any reason isn’t able to break it down and assimilate it, you may still experience deficiencies. Good quality probiotics (Probiotic Caps 30 ct and 60 ct, Microbiome and Symbiome), digestive enzymes (Premier Digest and CataZyme-7) and HCL (hydrochloric acid aka, stomach acid) can be a big help.
Finally, there are several supplements that can be helpful in supporting the health of the gum tissue:
HCL (on an empty stomach)
Oil Pulling can also be helpful at reducing inflammation and drawing toxins out of the tissues in the mouth.7
To do this, take 1 tbls of organic raw unrefined coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for about 5 minutes. Spit it out. Do not swallow as you’ll end up ingesting the toxins that you just pulled out. Many practitioners recommend doing this for 10 or even 20 minutes, but I don’t recommend that as toxins can get reabsorbed if they’re in for that long.
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1. Sedghi LM, Bacino M, Kapila YL. Periodontal Disease: The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2021;11. doi:10.3389/fcimb.2021.766944
2. Jelavić S, Bajić Ž, Filipčić IŠ, Čulina IJ, Filipčić I, Aurer A. Periodontal status and the efficacy of the first-line treatment of major depressive disorder. Clin Exp Dent Res. 2022;8(1). doi:10.1002/cre2.492
3. Varela-López A, Giampieri F, Bullón P, Battino M, Quiles JL. Role of lipids in the onset, progression and treatment of periodontal disease. A systematic review of studies in humans. Int J Mol Sci. 2016;17(8). doi:10.3390/ijms17081202
4. Tada A, Miura H. The relationship between vitamin C and periodontal diseases: A systematic review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(14). doi:10.3390/ijerph16142472
5. Najeeb S, Zafar MS, Khurshid Z, Zohaib S, Almas K. The role of nutrition in periodontal health: An update. Nutrients. Published online 2016. doi:10.3390/nu8090530
6. Melina V, Craig W, Levin S. Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Published online 2016. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2016.09.025
7. Salian V, Shetty P. Coconut oil and virgin coconut oil: An insight into its oral and overall health benefits. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2018;12(1). doi:10.7860/JCDR/2018/31409.11051
Nothing said or implied in this post is intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease. It does not take the place of a qualified health care practitioner and is intended for educational purposes only.