Have you been diagnosed with gum disease?
A large percentage of the US adult population has gum disease in one form or another, so you are not alone. But, if you have been diagnosed, you’ll want to know how to get rid of gum disease.
Thankfully, there is much you can do to stop the disease and prevent it from occurring again in the future. But, first of all, what causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused primarily by bacteria in your mouth. Plaque (the sticky substance on your teeth) is loaded with bacteria, and when it is not eliminated, it continues to grow and cause problems for your entire mouth. Therefore, brushing and flossing is essential.
Other causes of gum disease include genetics, hormonal changes, bad diet, low immunity, illnesses, bad habits, such as tobacco use, and certain medications. If you have a mild form of gum disease, then you have what is called gingivitis. This is where your gums become tender, puffy and they may bleed. Your breath is probably odorous too. If you have gingivitis, then it is important to maintain a good daily oral care routine. If you are diligent and continue to give your gums proper care, then it is probably all you need to do.
If you have a more advanced stage of gum disease, then you probably have what is called periodontal disease. This is when your gums start to pull away from your teeth and then form pockets of bacteria. This form of gum disease may require surgery. Periodontal disease may cause bigger problems for you like loose teeth and heart disease. So it is important to follow a treatment plan designed by your dentist.
But is there anything else you can do to fight or reverse gum disease? Yes, below are a few things you can do to have a healthy mouth.
1. Dump bad habits such as tobacco use.
2. Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth hydrated.
3. Avoid foods that are not good for your mouth, such as processed sugar.
4. Brush, floss and even brush your tongue.
5. If you want to kick it up a notch, invest in a good, well-made water flosser. Many have experienced good results by using a water flosser in conjunction with good oral care.
6. Oil pulling – This is a practice of swishing coconut oil in your mouth first thing in the morning. Research it and put it into practice because many people report amazing results from this practice.
7. Run far away from commercially made toothpaste. It is loaded with nasty ingredients that actually harm your teeth and gums. Instead make your own toothpaste. I have been making my own toothpaste for years. I will include a recipe in a couple of weeks.
Is there anything else you can do to help and even reverse gum disease? Yes, there is. Go to your kitchen and reach for that jar of honey. Honey? Yes, honey, but it is important to use only manuka honey from New Zealand. This type of honey is medical grade honey and it will help your gum disease. Many dentists have been reporting marvelous results with the use of honey to fight infections and bacteria. How do you use it?
After you brush your teeth, scoop out some of the honey, massage your gums gently for about five minutes – morning and night. You can even dilute it and use as a mouthwash. With diligent and regular use, you can have excellent results. That is what happened to my husband, and his dentist was baffled by the way manuka honey helped his periodontal disease.
So, do you know how to get rid of gum disease? By following some of the suggestions in this article, you just might be surprised on your next office visit. With regular oral hygiene and implementing some of the tips in this article, a nice smile and a healthy mouth might be just a few weeks away!