Gum Disease and Recession – Introduction
Statistics show 50% of young adults in the US (thirty
years old) have gum disease and many are unaware of
problems or have been told not to worry. Pregnant women
have acidic mouths and are at high risk for gum disease
– yet “pink toothbrush” is often accepted as normal and
not as a warning sign or concern.
There are two types of gum disease – one precedes the
other, and fortunately the first is relatively easy to
control and prevent. This “first” condition is
gingivitis, which creates conditions for infection by
periodontal bacteria in the small pockets formed by
swollen gums – between the gums and the tooth surface.
Gingivitis – is often known as
bleeding gums, sometimes with
redness and swelling. Toxins (poisons) from bacteria in
plaque cause the initial irritation – so limiting plaque
is important. Zellies xylitol products help control
plaque, but sugary or acidic drinks must be kept to
meals and Zellies mints or gum eaten directly after
every meal or snack.
Toothbrushes are infected by a single use. Imagine
crawly plaque bacteria on your toothbrush, multiplying
on the bristles! Use Listerine to clean toothbrushes –
immerse the head or spritz on the brush – then rinse and
air dry. Keep your brush away from toilet areas. Don’t
share with others. Plaque bacteria transfer in saliva –
kissing and sharing food will spread this disease.
Xylitol helps control plaque and makes it easier to
clean teeth, however it is important to massage any
bleeding gum area until it stops bleeding. Use a clean
toothbrush and Crest Cavity Protection toothpaste. Don’t
worry if this makes the gum bleed more – this area must
be cleaned or else the condition will deteriorate into
full-blown Periodontal Disease.
Closys mouth rinse is excellent to prepare gums
before brushing – and my suggestion is to use the
Complete Mouth Care System. Repeat the brush and
Listerine steps twice if your gums bleed. See a dentist
if bleeding continues after a week of this care – you
may have issues that are not gingivitis.
Periodontal Disease (Periodontitits)
This disease is more dangerous for teeth and gums than
gingivitis. Periodontal bacteria are able to lodge in
the gums following initial damage by gingivitis. The
swelling of gingivitis allows small pockets to form
around teeth and otherwise harmless mouth bacteria use
the opportunity to enter the spaces and multiply.
Periodontal Disease does not show bleeding, soreness
or swelling, so often the patient thinks he or she is
fine. This is a chronic, progressive disease. We
currently recognize eleven opportunistic bacteria of
Periodontal Disease. They have long names and nasty
effects – some spirochetes, others with amoebic
properties and several associated with the chronic
inflammatory conditions of arthritis, cardio-vascular
disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
If you have Periodontal Disease use the Complete
Mouth Care System with Zellie’s mints or gum at least 5
times every day, ideally for several months before you
start treatment. Unless you change the bacteria in your
mouth and limit plaque, a cleaning may stir up disease –
and the benefits will be small or limited.
Use the Complete Mouth Care System for 8 – 12 weeks,
plus a healthy diet - with plenty of fresh fruits and
veggies –a food-derived multi-vitamin, and a digestive
probiotic. If your digestion is unhealthy you cannot
expect your mouth to be healthy.
Tooth brushing is a vital part of healing gum
tissues. Ensure your toothbrush is not too soft –
because you need to massage the gums to get the
circulation moving on the outside and inside of your
teeth. Gum blood supply is venous and will only flow if
you massage it.
Recession is not a disease, but is often the result of
damage from incorrect care. I never suggest products
that contain baking soda, salt, peroxide or stannous
fluoride. These products are often associated with
damage to healthy biofilm– with consequent recession and
erosion. Oil pulling can damage biofilm in some mouths.
Treatment for cavities and soft teeth is appropriate
for recession –limit acidity, encourage the growth of a
healthy biofilm and protect teeth with the Complete
Mouth Care System. In addition diet, nutrition,
probiotics for digestive health and adequate Omega-3
intake would be suggested. Brush gums to massage a flow
of blood to the area of recession – and you may be able
to re-grow the gums or at least limit damage. I usually
suggest to totally stop flossing – at least until the
gums have an opportunity to grow back.