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What are some natural remedies for gum disease?

Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
Nothing replaces brushing teeth on a regular basis as a preventive for gum disease. Always brush before and after meals and before and after sleep. Rinse thoroughly and use mouthwash as an antibacterial cleanse.

A one in three part mixture of hydrogen peroxide with lukewarm water is also beneficial as an oral rinse.

Drink green tea as often as possible as this is a great antibacterial and can cleanse the oral cavity and help reduce stomach heat.

Mash some ginger and garlic into paste, then with a clean finger apply a small amount onto the gums and massage the gums for 30 seconds. Then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Make your own mouthwash by mixing equal parts of sage, peppermint and mint oils with a glass of lukewarm water, stir well and rinse mouth.

Folic acid as mouthwash and in capsules has been shown to prevent and heal gum disease, which causes bad breath. As mouthwash use 0.1% solution; as capsules take 4 mg daily.

25-30 g vitamin C, 300 mg of flavinoids, 50 mg of coenzyme Q10, as well as calcium and zinc supplements can be helpful in treating gum disease.

Chlorophyll (found in alfalfa) combats bad breath by helping clear toxins from the body.

Zinc has an antibacterial effect. Vitamin A plus carotenoids and vitamin B complex are also beneficial for digestion.

Acidophilus replenishes "friendly" bacteria in the colon and by aiding digestion it may prevent bad breath. Garlic is a natural antibiotic but only the odorless form should be used.

Bloodroot, caraway, Echinacea, sage oil, peppermint, menthol and myrrh are good herbal treatments for gum disease. They can be used in essential oil forms.

Anise, cloves, fennel and parsley are helpful for bad breath.

A good Chinese formula for treating bad breath due to the smoldering heat with symptoms of mouth ulcers, bad breath, dry mouth, and red tongue includes gypsum, gardenia fruit, siler, agastachi leafs and licorice.
Carol Jahn
Dentist
Once you have lost bone, there are no scientifically proven natural remedies for growing it back. To arrest the disease, you will likely need treatment based on the severity of bone loss.

However, there are some 'natural' things that you can use to help keep your gum disease from re-occurring. One product that may be a good fit is a Water Flosser. This device provides a pulsating water lavage that reaches deep between teeth and under the gum line. The Water Flosser is has been tested and shown to be effective with plain water. 

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