Did You Know That 9 out of 10 Adults Have Gum Disease?

“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
  • sugar
  • 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
  • Flossing
  • 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


  1. Mix all ingredients in a non-metallic bowl.
  2. 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.



Gum Disease Natural Treatments & Causes. Dr. Axe.
Heal Gum Disease In A Week or Less. Natural News.






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Michael Ford


Michael has been the resident editor at The [Grow] Network since January 2015. Michael grew up in St. Louis, where he became a lover of nature - hiking and fishing his way through the Ozark hills in Missouri. He attended Baylor University in Waco, TX, and he currently lives in Austin. Michael has background experience in small-scale farming, commercial growing, vegetable gardening, landscaping, marketing, and software development. He received his Permaculture Design Certification from the Austin Permaculture Guild in 2013.

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  • The Bear

    How long does the $75 kit before I need to order again? And is it $75 each time I reorder? Thanks.

    • Hello The Bear – That kit includes the information materials, the toothbrush, a pocket applicator, and a bottle of the HealThy Mouth Blend. When you re-order, you’ll only need to replace the HealThy Mouth Blend. Those go for $23. There’s a buy 2, get one free offer, so you can cut the cost down to about $15 each that way.

      How long a bottle lasts will depend on how much you use when you brush. As an estimate, one bottle should last about 3 months if one person uses it twice a day.

  • Linda

    90%. Come on! Obviously this is only to sell toothpaste, shame on your website for promoting such garbage. Some of us use our brains and recognize lies where ever they come from. Guess I will unsubscribe. I do not like to be treated like I am stupid. I thought this was a legitimate site… not.

    • Hi Linda – That’s not something we made up, it’s a quote from David Kennedy, DDS. He had a 30 year career in dentistry, served as president of the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, authored the book How to Save Your Teeth, and participated in the FDA joint dental and neurological panel on the safety and effectiveness of Dental Amalgam. He has a pretty solid knowledge of dentistry, so we think it’s safe to quote his work.

      Here’s a Youtube video narrated by Dr. Kennedy where he shows the bacterial gum disease he is referring to, complete with microscopic video images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xML9MWEL8ao.

      Please feel free to unsubscribe if you think our info isn’t good. Thanks – Michael

  • Co-enzyme Q-10 (Ubiquinol) also helps prevent and cure gum disease. I take it everyday and I’m 72 and don’t have gum disease.

  • Mary

    This is just about money. It may provide some small level of improvement for people who already have poor dental maintenance but that’s all – and for a relatively high price.

    Learning why dental caries form in the first place should be promoted by this site as it is also the path to healing. That includes healing and/or stopping progression of cavities, gum disease and illnesses related to previous dental work.

    Please do not sell out this site’s holistic views to a money-making scheme. Instead, promote real health through education: books include Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, Cure Tooth Decay, and Whole Body Dentistry, all by dentists and readily available at most libraries.

    I also suggest reading about the effects of various nutrients at sites like mercola.com and westonaprice.org as they explain crucial details about bone and tooth formation, such as vitamin D needs enough vitamin A, E, magnesium, calcium, boron, and silica to do its job but K2 is critical to tell all the minerals where to be in the ‘scaffolding’ that creates bones and other tissues. Phytic acid in grains competes with vitamin D, reducing its uptake and/or function, so reducing unfermented grains and beans in our diets improves the ability of vitamin D to complete its nearly currently known 3,000 functions in the body.

    Great site, but please do better than this. Thank you!

    • Hi Mary – We do one product promotion each week. That income allows us to provide free information on growing, preparing, and preserving your own food and medicine on the other 6 days of the week. This is our model, and we think it’s a fair trade-off. We take care that all of the products we promote are 1) in line with our mission and 2) products we actually use and believe in.

      Of course we would agree that a holistic approach to personal health and hygiene is the best approach. So do Will and Susan from OraWellness – “We here at OraWellness believe that optimal health is a whole being experience.” http://www.orawellness.com/about-us-at-orawellness.html

  • Catherine

    Regarding the Oral care Kit – Is it effective for oral Lichen Planus? This is an autoimmune condition based on Candida.

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