It is impossible to have good teeth without healthy gums. Disease of the gums leads to disease of the whole supporting structure of the teeth, and this is in turn the most common cause of tooth loss.
What causes gum disease?
It’s a combination of factors: poor hygiene (not brushing and flossing often enough or in the proper way), deficiencies in key nutrients, diseases (diabetes, viral infection, AIDS, leukemia), exposure to toxic substances (tobacco smoke, certain drugs), and birth control pills, another concern, especially for older people, is that there are many medications which have an adverse effect on gums and teeth.
The main cause of gum disease, however, is poor hygiene that allows plaque to build up along the gum line. Plaque is not just leftover food- it’s a build up of bacteria and the toxic products they produce. It sticks to the tooth surface at the gumline and can inflame the gums, a condition called gingivitis.
The gums may be reddish or purple, feel sore, bleed easily and appear puffy, soft, and swollen. Blood on the tooth brush or dental floss is one of the earliest and most common signs of gingivitis.
When gingivitis is neglected, it will eventually progress to periodontal disease, where the gums recede and the teeth loosen and eventually fall out.
Symptoms of gum disease
Symptoms of gingivitis and perodontitis include red, swollen, sore gums that bleed during or after tooth brushing; bad breath; and a bad taste in the mouth. Periodontitis symptoms also include receding gums, the formation of pockets between the teeth and gums, shifting or loose teeth, and changes in the way the teeth fit together.
Diagnosis of gum disease
Diagnosis of gum disease mainly include examination of affected area, and jaw bone X-ray to detect breakdown of bone.
Gum disease treatment with homeopathy
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat gum disease but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat gum disease that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of gum disease:
Mercurius – whole mouth moist; salivary secretions greatly increased; gums spongy, recede, bleed easily; sore pain on touch and from chewing; teeth loose, feel tender and elongated; crown of teeth decay.
Alumina – gums sore, bleeding; tensive pain in articulation of jaw when opening mouth or chewing; teeth covered with sordes.
Lachesis – gums swollen and spongy, bleeds easily; teeth ache, pain extends to ears.
Phosphorous – swelled and easily bleeding gums, ulcerated; toothache after washing clothes; tongue dry, smooth, red or white, not thickly coated. Persistent bleeding after tooth extraction.
Kreosote – very rapid decay of teeth; with spongy bleeding gums; putrid odor from mouth and bitter taste.
Aconite – gums hot and swollen; tongue coated whit, swollen; teeth sensitive to cold’ constantly moves lower jaw as if moving.
Hepar Sulph – gums and mouth painful to touch and bleed readily.
Apis Mel – great remedy for gum disease treatment; gums swollen; tongue fiery red, swollen sore and raw.
Carbo Veg – gums retracted and bleed easily; blood oozing from gums when cleaning teeth.
Argentum Nitricum – gums tender and bleed easily; tongue has prominent papillae; tip is red and painful; painful teeth.
Causticum – gums bleed easily; rheumatism of articulation of lower jaw.
Nitric acid – gums soft and spongy; bleeding from gums; putrid breath; teeth become loose.