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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease includes any disorder of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth including the gums, the periodontal membrane and the sockets themselves. Periodontal disease includes inflammation of the gums and the periodontal membrane.

What to look for
Symptoms of periodontal disease include pain on chewing, bleeding gums, swelling, redness, halitosis, and occasionally earache from referred pain. In chronic periodontal disease there may be damage to the base of the teeth, and the periodontal tissues become inflamed and detached from the teeth. The bacteria also erodes the bones surrounding the teeth.

Causes
Periodontal Disease is usually the result of inadequate brushing, which can cause plaque to form, leading to dental caries, damage to the tooth enamel and eventually the loss of the tooth or teeth. Chronic periodontitis is the result of untreated gingivitis.

Dietary Considerations
A healthy diet will promote healthy gums. Vitamin C is important for the production of collagen. Most tissues in the body are made of this.

When to seek further professional advice
Brushing should never be painful. See your dentist regularly to ensure healthy teeth and gums.

Alternative Treatment

Western Herbalism: You will be recommended to have any decaying teeth filled by a dentist. Dietary changes may be advised to promote general health and reduce sugar intake. Tinctures of marigold, myrrh and wild indigo may be prescribed to use as mouth disinfectants and to strengthen gums.
Aromatherapists may recommend using camomile for its calming properties.
Other therapies include: Colour therapy, Homeopathy, Shiatsu, Acupressure, and Chinese Herbalism.

Traditional Treatment

Prevention is always better than cure. Regularly brushing and flossing, and cutting down on sweet and acidic drinks and snacks, may be all that is required for healthy teeth and gums, backed up by regular check ups and visits to the dental hygienist. However, if the disease is present treatment is essential. Periodontitis is treated by draining the pus, and then filling the tooth or by removing the tooth altogether. Root canal work may be necessary when there are dental cysts.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

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