Natural ways to improve gum health

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(NaturalHealth365)  Naturally, everybody wants healthy teeth and gums – especially when you consider the connection between poor oral health and chronic disease. Unfortunately, in order to avoid tooth loss, it would appear that too many people remain uneducated about how to improve gum health – the key to maintaining strong teeth.

So, how do we avoid gum disease? The following tips will help you lower your risk or prevent it from progressing – if you already have gingivitis, or early gum disease.

4 ways to avoid gum disease naturally

1. Consume calcium-rich foods: Calcium is an essential mineral for strong bones and teeth, and it also supports healthy gums. You’re at higher risk for periodontal disease if you don’t get enough calcium.

The average American gets less than the daily value of 1,000 milligrams of calcium, but supplementing with too much calcium can lead to heart attacks and other health problems. Instead, focus on healthy sources such as fresh yogurt, wild-caught salmon, and plant sources, like organic broccoli, chia seeds and soaked (raw) almonds.

2. Avoid plaque with xylitol: Xylitol is a sugar alcohol in some fruits, such as berries and plums. Because it tastes sweet, has fewer calories than sugar, and does not spike your blood sugar levels the way sugar does, the food industry uses it as a sugar substitute in some sugar-free gums and candies.

Using a xylitol-containing toothpaste can reduce plaque formation and kill some bacteria in your saliva that produce acid and contribute to tooth decay. When brushing, you may also like to use essential oils like, cinnamon, myrrh and clove.

3. Reduce inflammation: Your gums are inflamed if you have gingivitis and periodontitis – which is more advanced gum disease. Natural anti-inflammatories can reduce symptoms of inflammation, such as pain, swelling, and redness.

Supplementation with fish oil and borage oil provide omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and can reduce gum inflammation. In addition, to help reduce inflammation, you may want to consider:

  • Vitamin D supplementation
  • Topical folic acid
  • Probiotics, which you can get from miso, tempeh, kombucha or supplements
  • Pomegranate

4. Eat lots of antioxidants: Antioxidants protect cells against damage from chemicals called free radicals. There are a variety of antioxidants which slow down the progression of periodontal disease or reduce symptoms, including:

  • Vitamin C – which you can get from citrus fruits and vegetables or in a high-quality nutritional supplement.
  • Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and epicatechin gallate (ECG) – which are in green tea extract.
  • Vitamin E – which can be found in organic nuts and seeds.
  • Coenzyme Q10 – which is abundant in wild-caught fish and grass-fed meats.

Naturally, there are many other ways to promote healthy teeth and gums.  In fact, one of the best ways to prevent gum disease is by using the ‘Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator New Generation’ – it’s a top-rated choice at NaturalHealth365.  This daily practice will help to clear away sticky substances that attract unwanted bacteria and virtually eliminate bleeding gums. 

Of course, another wise decision, would be to get regular checkups (and cleanings) at a trusted, holistically-minded dentist and, always remember, to brush away from the gum line – for best results.

Editor’s note:  (Disclaimer) Your purchase of the “Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator” does help support the operations of NaturalHealth365 – at no extra cost to you.  And, yes, I personally use this product and have received excellent results in improved gum health – verified by my holistic dentist.

References:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/g/gum-disease
http://www.lef.org/protocols/dental/gingivitis_05.htm#approach
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gingivitis/basics/definition/CON-20021422?p=1
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3644863/#!po=13.1579

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  • Carol Parker

    I got rid of a gum infection using just a high dose of vitamin C and the Hydro Floss. Had I known about the power of vitamin C and had a Hydro Floss earlier I an sure I could have avoided periodontal work.

    The advice in the article is right on, I only wish this was common knowledge so people could avoid the periodontist.

  • pm

    Great article.
    I just would like to add that I love the new design of you website. Information is so much more easily found with the labeling by categories of health and media. Thanks.

  • Lee

    With all due respect, the “HydroFloss” recommendation in this article suggests a disappointing slip in your site standards (but hopefully an isolated slip!). The reference came across like a stealthy product placement exercise, and thus created an instant “raised eyebrows” response.

    Until now, I have not experienced naturalhealth365. com articles as being covertly commercial. (Being overtly commercial is fine with me, as in the case of authors promoting their books or products–because at least then, the commercial links are transparent.) Alternatively, in some prior articles I’ve seen here, authors have at times recommended commercial sites or products, but helpfully, each article author would also indicate that he/she had no connection with those sites/products. That is good transparency.

    There was no such disclaimer here. Moreover, the hyperlink takes one to a “HydroFloss” seller, but this is just one seller among a great, great many! All I can say is: ugh.

    If the site owner (of the hyperlinked) site has paid naturalhealth365. com for a product placement, then why not list that site as an article contributor, or even the article’s author? It would be one way (among many) to be a little bit more above board. At least then readers would be slightly more clued in to the fact that they are being offered a commercial in the guise of an article.

    To err is human, of course. Because I enjoy what naturalhealth365. com has to offer, I dearly hope that the kind of covert commercialism indicated here, is an isolated error (one to learn from)–one I hope does not become an on-going practice.

  • Janet Martin

    I have to say I bought my “HydroFloss” from the company recommended in this article.This isn’t any link, the owner of the company answers the phone and is so helpful. They have the best customer service.I have come across

    I trust Jonathan to select the companies he recommends to have top of the line products and high standards. I personally like the idea of having someone I trust who has integrity to mention the best product and offer a link so I can buy it without having to look for a trustworthy place to purchase the product.