When the amount of acids in the head area becomes too much, the health of our teeth and gums deteriorates and the gums may start retracting. The primary cause is not the proliferation of bacteria which is a consequence but the acidity of the body and it’s only by addressing the source of the issue that there will be a possibility to start reversing the situation. Stopping the process can be quite fast yet it will often take quite a bit of patience to see the effects regress. The number one objective is to restore the balance in the body.
I noticed that my gums were receding when they became sensitive to food contact as the tooth root was no longer completely covered by the gum, exposing the nerve. Receding gums start by slightly lifting or sagging, creating a gap in the tissue. The demarcation becomes visible: dentin and enamel are not the same color. The teeth appear longer. As a teenager, I remember brushing my teeth very vigorously: an aggressive brushing that irritated or made my gum tissue bleed, a possible starting point for receding gums. And of course, that’s not to mention all the chemical and unnatural products that came into contact with the bacteria in my mouth and intestinal flora. The imbalance was slow and gradual. It was time to react, but without turning to modern dentistry where everything revolves around killing, destroying, piercing, grafting, removing, eradicating. Gingivitis is a stage on which it is possible to act. The gums, the soft tissues that cover and support the bones and roots of our teeth, are no longer able to control the bacterial infection. It’s a vicious circle since this gap between the teeth and the gums is also a nest for bacteria. The body tries to protect itself from the body’s acidity by taking some of the calcium from the teeth and bones to act as a barrier. And if like me your thyroid gland is working in slow motion (hypo), this also has an influence on the allocation of calcium in the body. A big helping hand is therefore necessary. Is it possible that the gum tissue can re-form and return to its original position with natural solutions? The answer is yes, since gum recession has stopped its development and has started to slowly grow back.
Originally, the colony of bacteria present in our mouth, when healthy and balanced, is there to predigest ingested food and protect the integrity of our teeth and gums against the invasion of pathogens. Unfortunately, the imbalance often sets in without us realizing it, bringing more plaque with gums that are unable to stop the inflammation. The mouth becomes a place of overpopulation of bacteria that feast on sugars and food deposits. Bacteria have dejection 24 hours a day. Oral and dental hygiene is a complex subject related to other systems in the body, including the bacterial flora of our digestive system, not to mention our lymphatic system, which is often if not always in great pain. Each tooth has its own lymphatic system connected to the parotid glands, which are partly responsible for the production of saliva. These communicate with other digestive organs to provide the necessary nutrients to the teeth. Like many people, my teeth suffer from demineralization. The list of information provided encourages you to investigate further so that you can keep a holistic approach in mind and practice.
A few gestures & habits for a better oral health
- keeping away from caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, processed foods, aspartame, tobacco or chewing tobacco. To call the body’s self-regenerating mechanisms, dry fasting for 12 to 16 hours a day is a further step towards healing, while increasing the percentage of fruit (mucus free healing system is the way);
Every acidic meal can soften the enamel, so it is best not to brush your teeth at this time. The mouth can be rinsed with water and a pinch of baking soda to neutralize the acid in the bacteria;
- practising oil pulling with a hydrolate of essential oils or sesame oil (being careful not to spit the mixture into your pipes as it may form a plug when it solidifies), using dental floss, brushing your teeth with gentle circular movements, opting for an electric toothbrush;
- Avoiding fluoride, opting for an organic, natural and non-aggressive toothpaste or mouthwash (without alcohol). Create a mouthwash by mixing water, essential oils (tea tree, peppermint), cloves and sage;
- the path of homeopathic treatment could be explored (kreosotum 9ch and mercurius solubilis 9ch for caries);
- a deep remineralization of the teeth is necessary, fulvic acid could be an option.
To brush their teeth, the Egyptians apparently were using salt and pepper before turning to clay, ashes and baking soda. Over time, they incorporated herbs and bark into their powdered formulas or chewing mixtures. With the arrival of the first tube paste in the 19th century, products from synthetic chemistry were gradually added (preservatives, fluorine salts, artificial colorings). Not only are they toxic for our bodies and the environment, they also disrupt neuronal or hormonal functions. And since we inevitably ingest part of the toothpaste, it is therefore essential to opt for organic dental products that use natural active ingredients that reinforce physiological processes and do not interfere with homeopathic treatments. It is necessary to decondition oneself from the artificial taste and texture of classic toothpastes, taking a new habit can take several weeks. It seems important to opt for natural versions without fluorine or glycerin (found even in organic toothpastes) which are harmful to the body. Gradually added to toothpaste, tap water and food salt, fluoride is supposed to prevent the risk of cavities and remineralize the enamel. However, its repercussions on neurological functioning, more precisely at the level of the pineal gland, are not insignificant. It is possible to make your own homemade toothpaste: mix an abrasive such as clay, calcium carbonate or silica to remove bacterial plaque and stains and a harmless natural plant-based antibacterial (cinnamon or clove powder, essential oil of tea tree, myrrh or sage) that will fight bacteria while increasing the shelf life of the mixture.
Some toothpastes contain foaming agents that increase dryness and potentially acidity in the mouth or glycerin that interferes with the body’s natural ability to remineralize the tooth surface because it leaves a film on the tooth. I have tried various attractive products: Uncle Harry’s products, Redmond Clay Spearmint toothpaste from Earthpaste, Peelu Peelu tooth powder, Dr. Collins Perio toothbrush, ozone gum gel (which I eventually used as a cotton swab for my ears) and finally georganics which I prefer. After these experiments, I went back to creating my own toothpaste powder formula made from green moringa powder, charcoal, baking soda, turmeric and wheat herbs. Later, I also added menthol crystals, zinc citrate, calcium carbonate, marine active ingredient lithothamnium, Ayurvedic Siwak powder and dental enamel repair active ingredient to this powder mixture.
Natural solutions for gums
In essential oils or plants, the following properties are valuable allies: anti-bacterial, germicidal, antiseptic, analgesic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal. Thymol, for example, is an antimicrobial and antibacterial component, one of the active ingredients used in some antiseptic mouthwashes. I have prepared a mixture based on vegetable oils, essential oils and plants that I apply morning and evening with my fingertips to my gums. Make sure that the products you choose are of high quality because everything is absorbed in the mouth.
- 1/3 organic coconut oil (heat to incorporate): its antimicrobial properties help to cope with oral infection and remove toxins and plaque;
- 1/3 cold-pressed sesame oil;
- 1/3 of a preparation infused with your choice of herbs and spices: cloves, rosemary, fresh turmeric, lemongrass stems, fresh or dried sage, yarrow, sumac. Boil the fresh or dried plants for 15-20 minutes to release their properties. It is possible to gargle them or use the rest of the plants by massaging them directly on the gums.
- A few drops of organic essential oils with their maximum dilution: cloves (0.5%), tea tree (15%), peppermint (5%), cinnamon (1%), eucalyptus radiata (20%), oregano (1%), thyme (2%), myrrh (1%), helichrysum (4%), frankincense (2%), chamomile (1%), wintergreen (1%). Essential oils concentrate on the harmful bacteria and preserve the bacteria that are favorable to the environment of the mouth.
- To be added to the mixture if necessary: Himalayan salts, honey, propolis, neem, mustard oil, aloe vera, amla powder.
It takes tenacity and patience to heal years of imbalances. The regeneration continues and after 2 years of transitioning to a mucus-free diet, my gums have begun to repair. This goes hand in hand with the overall work because in my case, it is necessary for the thyroid to regenerate, for the intestines to regenerate so that my teeth will get better. Everything is linked and a mobilized vision on the mouth did not come with great results in my case, only a patient and consistent approach really worked. I wish you all the best on this journey.