Periodontal disease, or gum disease as it is more commonly called, oftentimes becomes a serious issue wherein the individual experiences bleeding and pain. This usually indicates that the disease has spread deeper into the bone and tissues. At this stage, it is known as periodontitis and is the primary cause of tooth loss in individuals over the age of 30. Fortunately, there are several natural remedies that we oftentimes recommend to help combat the advancement and worsening of the disease.
Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 – there is a strong evidence on record that links lower levels of CoQ10 to periodontal disease. This antioxidant is available in supplement form as well as being found naturally in the body and in a number of different foods. Certain researchers contend that CoQ10 can effectively repair gum tissue.
Cranberry juice – in addition to being good for your kidneys and urinary system, cranberry juice has been shown to be effective at preventing certain bacteria from attaching itself to a person’s teeth. Drinking 4 ounces of non-sugared cranberry juice daily, can be very beneficial and healthy.
Stress reduction – stress increases the accumulation of plaque which in turn is a primary contributor to gum disease. Studies have shown how individuals in stressful situations, such as college students preparing for mid-term exams or finals, can suffer with gum bleeding and plaque accumulation.
Tea tree oil – when topically applied as an oil-based gel, it can significantly reduce gum bleeding and gingivitis because of its antibiotic qualities. However, if there is an accumulation of plaque, you should contact one of our dentists to treat that.
Vitamin C – the historical link between periodontal disease and Vitamin C deficiency is well documented and dates back to the 1700’s when sailors would prevent gum bleeding by eating limes. The efficacy of Vitamin C is based on its ability to accelerate bone generation and repair connective tissues as well as its antioxidant qualities.
Vitamin D – this vitamin is used to effectively lower a person’s susceptibility to periodontal disease and reduce the inflammation it causes. Although the sun is the best source of this vitamin, it is available over the counter in oral dosages.
In addition to these natural home remedies for periodontal disease, we recommend following proper dental hygiene habits (brushing and flossing) daily and visiting Community Dental Group for bi-annual check-ups and cleanings.