Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is
The mirror of our health is said to reside in the mouth. In Chinese medicine looks at the gums as reflective of the state of our stomach and our digestive system. Often, due to improper diet and stress, our gums take a fair hammering in spite of our regular brushing and flossing habits. Receding gums are one of the most dramatic evidence of existing gum disease.
The Horrors of Receding Gums
When the gums are infected in the soft tissue, they pull away from the teeth, creating pockets which are a perfect home for harmful bacteria. Our immune systems kick in to fight the infection, but without treatment, the connective tissue and even the bones that hold our teeth in place, begin to break down.
The Mayo Clinic has linked oral bacteria and inflammation to other diseases such as head and neck cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. All of those illnesses favour acidic blood as do our mouth bacteria, which of course, favour its warm, wet environment. Since there’s nothing we can do about that, how do we discourage harmful bacteria from hanging around too long?
Nature’s Simple Cures for Receding Gums
Almost as if intended for gum health, Japanese green tea, taken at just a cup per day, effectively reduces periodontal pocketing and strengthens the attachment of gums to the teeth. The more cups of tea, of course, the greater the results. Omega-3 fatty acids, taken daily for 12 weeks have the same effects.
A mixture of finely ground pink Himalayan salt and coconut oil gently massaged on the gums reduces inflammation. Apply and hold for a couple of minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Remember that processed foods, greasy foods and sugars are not helpful to our health or our gums. If we’re prone to an intake of high acidity drinks like coffee, soda’s and alcohol, greater bacterial activity in the mouth is expected. Brushing with baking soda helps to alkalize the gums.
Aloe Vera-based toothpaste, gels, sprays, mouthwashes, juice and supplements have proven efficient in oral hygiene. Boosting the immune system will likewise assist overall health.
The bottom line is, while we’ve always been taught that caring for our dental health should be a daily priority, even more so should this be a focus as we age – not just for what’s going on in our mouth but for our overall long-term health.