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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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