The gums become inflamed, extend to the ligaments and bones that hold the teeth in place, and eventually the teeth loosen and fall out.
Periodontal means “located around a tooth,” and refers to any problems in the gums or other supporting structures of the teeth. It is also called pyorrhea, or gum disease. Gingivitis (which see) is inflammation of the gums, an early stage of periodontal disease.
The explanation given by many medical-dental professionals for periodontal disease is that plaque (sticky deposits of mucous, food particles, and bacteria) adheres to the teeth and gradually accumulates. This plaque causes the gums to become infected and swollen. That infection (called gingivitis), leads to pyorrhea (also called periodontitis) in which the bone underlying the teeth is eroded away by the infection.
The other explanation is that much of what is known as pyorrhea is primarily caused by an inadequate intake of calcium, copper, vitamins D and C; by the eating of processed, and junk, food; and by erosion of acids, placed in the mouth. Smoking, stress, and wrong diet are other crucial factors.
• It is known that inadequate nutrition, wrong foods, consumption of sugar, high phosphorous foods, smoking, drugs, excessive alcohol, chronic illness, and hormonal disorders make an individual more susceptible to periodontal disease. Smokers have twice the risk of gum disease. Laboratory animals given high sugar diets revealed a decrease in bone volume. These problems should, if possible, be corrected.
• Calcium, copper, and vitamins D and C are needed for good strong teeth. Folic acid, niacin, bioflavonoids are also needed. As a rule, take care of the teeth, and the gums will take care of themselves. Nourish the teeth with calcium and vitamin D.
• Emotional stress is known to decrease the body’s ability to resist gum disease. Exercise neutralizes stress and encourages healthy gums.
• Open a capsule of vitamin E and rub the oil on inflamed gums, to aid in healing.
• A powerful aid in stopping gum infection is to brush the teeth twice a day with powdered charcoal.
• If gum inflammation is present, run very hot water over the toothbrush, to soften it up before using it.
• Put goldenseal powder in the mouth to help eliminate the infection.
• Diabetes and certain blood disorders put a person at greater risk of developing periodontal disease.
• Warm chamomile tea may be used as a soothing mouthwash after each brushing. Do not add sugar or milk to the tea.
Note: Sores under the tongue can be an early sign of mouth cancer. But if you do not smoke or chew tobacco, you are unlikely to ever have that problem.