“If you’re over 30 years old, chances are better than 90% that you have some form of gum disease.”
– David Kennedy, DDS – Past President of International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
This is a pretty unsettling little fact, but it is a fact. Ninety percent of adults over 30 have active gum disease. That’s sad when you know that you can prevent gum disease. Signs range from swollen gums to bad breath and bleeding or receding gums to loose teeth. These symptoms are so common that most of us don’t even equate them with gum disease. We just think of it as business as usual in OUR mouth, and go about our daily brushing routines. But if commercial toothpastes were really effective in preventing gum disease, would 90% of us be walking around with gum disease every day? I don’t think so.
What is gum disease?
The bacteria in your mouth creates a sticky film called plaque that forms around your teeth and gums. If it isn’t removed daily, it will harden and become tartar. Plaque, tartar, and accumulating bacteria irritate and inflame the gums. This is known as gingivitis. When the plaque and tartar begin to form below the gumline your problem has progressed to periodontal disease. The bacterial infection spreads and destroys the gum, teeth, and bone structure. It could result in tooth loss.
Here is the path to prevent gum disease …
Your diet has a lot to do with your mouth health. If you eat acidic, junk, or sugary foods, your teeth and gums are going to have problems. When you eliminate processed foods and increase your oral health, your gums will begin to heal.
Some foods that cause acidity in the body:
- grains (unsprouted or unfermented)
- hydrogenated oils
- some dairy products (low-fat yogurt, cheeses)
- processed foods
- Some fish (canned tuna, trout)
- processed and fatty meats, salami, hot dogs, and corned beef
- sodas, sweetened beverages, and fruit juices
Foods that help prevent gum disease:
- Wild-caught fish (salmon, mackerel, and sardines, fish that is high in omega-3s)
- Fresh veggie juice (helps reduce the inflammation in your body)
- Chewing gum with Xylitol (xylitol helps prevent the build-up of bacteria)
- Raw Vegetables and Apples (naturally clean your teeth)
- Foods high in fat soluble vitamins (raw milk, coconut, beef liver, bone broth, grass-fed animal meat)
Other lifestyle choices to help prevent gum disease:
- Don’t smoke
- Chew on garlic (put it in your salads
- Check your gut.
- Oil pulling
- Make your own Toothpaste or Powder
Simple and Natural Tooth Powder
- 3 tablespoons Bentonite Clay
- 1 tablespoon Baking soda
- 1 tablespoon Powdered cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon Xylitol powder
- 2 tablespoon calcium and magnesium powder
- 10 drops of thieves essential oil
- 20 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Mix all ingredients in a non-metallic bowl.
- Put your powder in a pint-size glass jar for storage. Use one jar per family member if you’re going to dip your toothbrush into it.
To use: Wet your toothbrush in hot water and dip it into your homemade powder. And BRUSH! Rinse with cool water. The powder can be used daily and is good for kids and adults.
If you’d rather have toothpaste, here is a Simple and Natural toothpaste Recipe.
What is your oral health regime? Do you use natural products, homemade, or commercial tooth care? We’d love to hear your story in the comments below.
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