Gum disease is a very common condition and most adults in the Western world have it to some degree. Most people experience it at least once and I have known about my gum disease since my early twenties. My gums have always been slightly sore and swollen. They did bleed a lot when I was younger and where I once had straight teeth gaps have now started to appear. My teeth have also become loose and I have also lost a lot of bone in my jaw.
Dentists believe that gum disease is caused by a build up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria. Most bacteria in plaque are harmless but other bacteria can be harmful to your health. By not brushing your teeth it can lead to build up and irritation of your gums. I can assure you that I did brush my teeth in my early twenties. However, I did smoke and I ate processed foods occasionally. I now believe that these are harmful to your teeth and gums as well.
Although I can have treatment on the NHS I have tried not to go down the conventional route. Personally I do not like the thought of the dentist invading my gums with sharp tools and I’m not a fan of the injections either. So for the past few months I have been trying to heal my gum disease as naturally as possible. I have been finding a few brilliant products that can not only save your teeth and gums but also the environment too.
The first is bamboo toothbrushes and these are just a brilliant product. Many years ago when we lived in caves we would have cleaned our teeth using herbs, twigs and roots. It has been well documented that cave people actually had perfect sets of pearly whites. Bamboo toothbrushes are anti-fungal and anti bacterial. They contain no plastic so won’t give off toxins like regular toothbrushes. Plus a bamboo toothbrush has charcoal bristles which offer a better clean. Charcoal is one of nature’s best absorbing and cleaning agents. It’s great for cleaning teeth but it can also help to whiten teeth naturally. These toothbrushes are also quicker to decompose than a plastic toothbrush and bamboo is a quick growing renewable source. It does not need pesticides or fertilisers to help it to grow either.
The next product that I have found is called Geoorganics and it’s a natural toothpaste that can help to remineralise teeth. Thanks to it being high in minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium and naturally organic silica. It’s one of the most natural ways to clean your teeth as it’s made from ethically sourced organic coconut oil and natural minerals.
Tea tree oil is another great cleanser for the teeth and gums. The oil effectively targets the infection that is responsible for destroying the tissue in the mouth. The infection is what causes plaque and receding gums. There are a few dentists who now believe that tree oil is one way to prevent gum disease from occurring. Recently I have been using a Tea Tree oil toothpaste by Dr Organic. I have also been putting organic tea tree essential oil on an inter-dental brush which I use to brush in between my teeth.
The fourth product that I have found is a Tooth Powder by a company called Nature’s Pharmacy which contains herbs. The herbs in a tooth powder have nutrients and natural medicines which can help to heal the gums. Tooth powder is less abrasive than a conventional toothpaste. Toothpaste is usually toxic and filled with cheap ingredients. They can contain abrasive ingredients to make the teeth look whiter and polish of the plaque.
Finally after my lunch and dinner I have been using a herbal mouthwash. The mouthwash has essential oils and herbs in. Also by Nature’s Pharmacy. These have powerful anti microbial qualities that can treat the underlying cause rather than providing temporary relief. A herbal mouthwash can help to maintain balance which is critical for breaking down starches, flushing out bacteria and also assisting the body’s natural digestive processes. Natural mouth rinses can strengthen your healing abilities and overall health. Essential oils and herbs have long been recommended and they can help gum disease without any harmful side effects.
Sadly I have now been diagnosed with periodontitis which is gum disease in the late stages. I still have faith that I can heal my gums naturally and I’m going to continue down the natural route. As well as these products I’m now looking for other alternative treatments. I need to do more research but I’m hoping to find natural cures one day. Although I have lost a lot of bone in my jaw I still have my teeth. I feel that if I had continued to eat processed foods and smoked I would have lost my teeth a long time ago. So I am counting my blessing and I’m hoping to find a cure soon.