The symptoms of
Gingivitis include inflammation and swelling of the gums,
bleeding and receding gums, and often
pain. Gingivitis should not be left untreated as it can be the
early stage of more serious periodontal diseases
Gingivitis develops when
plaque builds up around the gum line. Plaque forms when food
particles and bacteria combine to harden and stick to the teeth.
This causes the gums to become irritated and swell leaving more
pockets to accumulate plaque. The gums then start to bleed and
begin to recede leaving the roots of the teeth, and eventually
the jawbone open to attack by plaque. If the disease is not
stopped then loss of teeth and abscesses are likely to occur.
of Gingivitis And What You Can Do to Help
brushing and flossing allows plaque to build
up around the teeth irritating the gums. As this is
the leading cause it should be the first to be
corrected. Work with your dentist to develop a regular
dental hygiene program.
many soft foods in the diet do not give teeth
and gums adequate exercise to stay healthy. Start
eating a healthy, varied diet including lots of raw
foods and foods that require plenty of chewing, avoid
sticky, sweet foods. Chewing, as well as exercising
your teeth and gums, also produces saliva that helps
to protect the mouth from bacteria.
intake of certain vitamins and minerals can
make gum disease more likely. These include Vitamin C,
Beta Carotene, Folic Acid, Calcium and Bioflavonoids.
much sugar in the diet is thought to be
harmful to the gums. Experts believe that sugar feeds
the bacteria that causes Gingivitis.
out soft drinks. Soft drinks are a
double problem as they contain excess phosphorous as
well as sugar. Some scientists think that excess
phosphorous robs the bones of Calcium potentially
leading to osteoporosis. It is thought that the first
bone to loose calcium is the jawbone and this can lead
to the loss of teeth.
fitting fillings can irritate the surrounding
gum. Experts also believe that silver/mercury fillings
can leech out causing toxicity that can lead to
Gingivitis. Have your dentist check your fillings.
and excessive alcohol have been found to
increase the chance of developing Gingivitis.
Supplements Worth Considering
C - 2000mg - Important for the
promotion of healing. In studies Vitamin C reduced gum
bleeding and improved gum health. You can also make a
mouthwash from the crystalline form of Vitamin C.
Twice daily swish in mouth for 1 minute before
- 1,500 mg - Helps prevent bone loss around gums
A, taken as Beta Carotene -25,000 - 50,000 IU
(15 - 30 mg) Aids in the healing of gum tissue
Acid - Helps to reduce inflammation and
infection.You can take this both as a supplement &
also as a mouthwash.
- Helps prevent infection andaids
healing. Using the chewable tablets allows the zinc to
come in direct contact with the gums. In a study this
was found to reduce the growth of plaque.
E - 400 IU - Aids in the healing of gum
tissue. It may also be helpful to open a Vitamin E
Capsule & apply the oil directly onto sore gums
Q10 -25 mg taken twice daily - Has been shown
to aid in the treatment of gum disease
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