Swollen Gums No More!

Swollen gums are often caused by gum disease

Swollen gums are not only uncomfortable, they are bothersome and distracting. They bleed, burn, and tenaciously hold onto food particles and bacteria.

The irritation can be almost constant: when you eat, after you eat, and when you brush and floss. And the distraction can make you self-conscious. But for many people, the worst part is fear.  

Expensive and Miserable, with No End in Sight

Most dentists treat gum disease as something to manage, not cure. The goal is keep gingivitis from becoming periodontitis with receding gums and pockets and to hopefully stop periodontitis from causing bone destruction and missing teeth. It's all about deep cleanings and other miserable procedures, with no end in sight.  

If all you want is management, this will do. But if you actually want to heal your gingivitis or periodontitis - even reverse some of the damage - read on.

Where Unhealthy Gums Begin

Gum disease or periodontal ("around the tooth") disease begins with inflammation caused by bacteria in plaque. Failure to remove plaque at the gumline through regular brushing and flossing is often where swollen gums begin.  

What Causes Gum Disease?

Poor nutrition is the number one cause, because a weak body cannot rebuilt or fight disease. Other factors include clenching or grinding teeth, family genetics or habits, smoking, hormonal changes, diabetes, and certain medications.

Early gum disease or gingivitis begins with swollen gums that easily bleed. If gingivitis advances to periodontitis, the gums begin to recede and leave pockets. Bacteria can then erode exposed roots, causing teeth to become loose and even fall out.

Progression from gingivitis to periodontitis

How to Heal Gum Disease

Despite what your dentist may say, gingivitis and periodontitis can be stopped and reversed to some degree. Swollen gums can heal, pockets can fill in, teeth can become tighter, and your mouth can feel a whole lot better. Here's how.

A Clean Mouth Heals Faster

If possible, visit a biological dentist to address obstacles such as infected root canals and toxic mercury amalgam fillings. Then take a look at your daily hygiene to see if a little tweaking can help. Your goal is to maintain a clean environment in your mouth at all times. 

Use a soft-bristle brush very gently, preferably after every meal while you have swollen gums or deep pockets. Floss at least once a day with actual dental floss to carefully scrape around each tooth and keep plaque off the gum line.

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Brush and Rinse with Natural Healing Agents

Whatever you do, never brush with fluoride. Your teeth do not need it, and fluoride will actually aggravate gum disease and speed up bone loss!

Instead discover the magic of antibacterial dental oils. These oils are so simple to use and slide easily into pockets between gums and teeth. You get faster healing and an amazingly fresh mouth. Most people never go back to paste again.

Mouth rinses are also strategic, but steer clear of harsh alcohol mouthwash such as Listerine, which irritates and damages delicate gum tissue.

Instead soothe your gums and kill bacteria with food-grade hydrogen peroxide or warm salt water. Your mouth will thank you.

Reduce Bacteria with Oil Pulling

Reduce bacteria, dissolve tarter, and tighten your gums at the same time with the ancient practice of oil pulling. Just a little oil swishing each day is all it takes.

Reverse Swollen Gums with Good Nutrition

Eat nutrient-dense foods (not the processed fake variety). You may also want to try a quality multivitamin to give your body what it needs to heal.

Consider adding coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Studies have found low CoQ10 levels in the gum tissue of those with gingivitis or periodontitis. Adding CoQ10 helps pockets fill in faster.

Starve Bacteria with Natural Breath Fresheners

Xylitol soothes and heals swollen gums

Fight bacteria and freshen breath at the same time with gum or mints made with xylitol. This natural sugar actually starves bacteria to promote healthy teeth and gums.

Healing Your Gums for Good

This article is based on my personal experience. I was able to stop my own gum disease in about six weeks. It's possible, and the first step is belief. You can do it! If you have been lax in your dental care, it may take awhile to form new habits. But the actual time investment is minimal, and the payoffs are huge.

Expect Positive Change and a Few Setbacks Along the Way

Monitor your progress to find what works best. Limit sugary foods, which can slow healing. And if your pockets are deep, avoid foods that tend to get trapped, such as nuts, seeds, and popcorn. How fast your gums heal is an individual issue, but it is possible to notice significant change within weeks, certainly by your next checkup.

Share Your Success with Others!

Once you begin to experience real healing and a new start, tell your friends and family! Many people suffer silently from gum disease and believe there is no hope. But you have the keys to set them free.

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