Bleeding gums is a common health issue in the western world. It is said that 75% of all health issues have a connection to dental problems; it is a vastly overlooked concern.
From an orthodox dental viewpoint, we are told to avoid sugar, brush our teeth, have regular check-ups and – most frustratingly, regularly apply fluoride to strengthen our teeth and gums.
The fact is, dental health in society is as bad as, if not worse than our counterparts a century ago. We are told that back then, oral health was a major issue. It was – because if lifestyle resulted in tooth damage, there was no effective treatment to build the tooth and it was left to just decay and poison the body.
Nowadays, we have just as many missing teeth; we just have better falsies…
Why is it so? Yes, sugar is extremely high in today’s diet – so too, is the amount of processed foods which are acidic. Dental products in general, are a major cause for alarm – the consumption of one tube of toothpaste is capable of killing a 2-year-old – fancy needing emergency surgery to prevent death by toothpaste! Many brands have warning messages and veterinary surgeons advise that human toothpaste should never be used for animal use.
Not because of any special sensitivity, but because of the same reason humans should not use it. The foaming agent is possibly a carcinogen and tissue separating chemical – SLS. Fluoride, one of the biggest cons of today’s world, is one of Nazi Germany’s legacies – a waste product that was promoted as a miracle chemical that should be added to water to prevent cavities – what better way to dump that pesky nuclear waste?
In reality, it causes leaching of calcium and magnesium from the bones – yes, the increase in hip fractures – and dental cavities are actually caused by what supposedly prevents them. It also causes nervous system damage and a very real dumbing down of entire populations. Toothpaste is not alkaline – therefore you are putting acid onto your teeth and expecting a miracle. The same with mouthwash – it is acidic and carcinogenic. What a price to pay for fresh breath!
So every day we bombard ourselves with acidic foods and toxic chemicals – all in the name of dental health. The only thing this ensures is a steady stream of income for dentists – and more ka-ching for dental product manufacturers. Why is it that 3rd world oral hygiene is often better than western? Diet plays a big part, so too does the absence of fluoride in drinking water.
Most people know my issue with self-mutilations such as loads of tattoos, piercings and extensive dental work such as root canals. Few consider the implications of these upon dental health – or health in general. What good is it, trying to make yourself look ‘better’ when the cost is your health, even your life?
From a biological dental point of view, almost every acupuncture meridian runs through teeth, affecting your health. I had a colleague who could take a look at the teeth of a patient and diagnose every health issue past and present. For example, many women with breast cancer have root canals or crowns in the tooth through which the lung meridian runs, ie breast zone. Likewise, those with bowel cancer often have either decay or foreign objects (crown, filling) in the teeth affected by the large intestine meridian line.
If you present at the dentist with bleeding gums, straight away you will be told you are not brushing your teeth properly. I have heard dentists share this sage advice to someone – of course not knowing they were speaking to a dental expert. Technique is important for sure – seeing huge gaps between the tooth and the gum, from hacking and too much pressure – is not only frustrating but avoidable. The fact is, the best modern advice is failing.
So what to do? Maybe if we go back to the beginning, and start there –
1. In utero, a baby is often accused of leaching nutrients from the mother. It’s only half true – yes, they do take whatever is available in the blood. But at the same time, they also take the bad stuff as well, resulting in all form of health issues. While doctors will tell you what you eat has no bearing on the health of the baby, nothing could be further from the truth. Simply put, eating right during pregnancy will result in not just good teeth but good health for both baby and mother as well. People who eat well are often told they are lucky for having healthy kids – it doesn’t come free and it doesn’t come to someone who eats junk – well, not for long, anyway. Enzyme levels are used up fast in an unhealthy baby and that is where the body starts to chew up vital stores and in essence, break down (age) during the years they should be developing.
2. For optimum health, the baby needs the best – breast milk is just that. In 3rd world nations, women have no choice, yet in the west, more than 50% of babies are not breast fed because we have supposed healthy options. Infant formula, processed baby food, processed juice are ALL acidic. Any milk other than mother’s is acidic. And more importantly, humans are the only mammal that does not wean their young – giving milk as a so-called health food when it is just a mucous-inducing acidic slime in reality is nuts.
3. And on we go to regular diets – all acidic. Anything with flour, sugar, dairy, meat, colours and additives is acidic. Cooked food is acidic. So too with fizzy drink. And on it goes. You child is not missing anything by going onto a healthy diet – the child that is allowed to eat what he/she likes is missing a lot…
4. And despite good oral habits, dental maintenance and half decent diet you still have bleeding gums? It’s not gingivitis – it is acidity.
The good news is that you can do a lot about it…..
a) First, keep brushing, but use a non-fluoride toothpaste without SLS. Don’t scrub your teeth, the pressure of the toothbrush should be no more than barely scraping the surface. Pressure wont remove any more plaque but it will damage your gums and in turn, starve and expose your teeth.
b) Second, rinse your mouth with either bicarb or stablised chlorine dioxide (it is safe to drink!) – or salt water. Not table salt, as it too is acidic – but Celtic, Himalayan or sea salt.
c) Floss at least once a day. Residue clinging to the teeth just allows anything bad to keep doing what it is doing.
d) Tap your gums. This is an unbelievably easy and effective way to improve circulation to your gums and therefore teeth. The process is simple – rub a tiny amount (as in barely touching the bottle cap with your finger and rubbing that along the toothbrush bristles) of either eucalyptus, tea tree or lavender oil, then tap above and below, in front and behind each tooth along the gumline. It increases nutrition to each tooth and the difference to the gums and teeth is obvious in a short time. Do this every time you brush – at least twice a day. It shrinks the gums, reduces redness and allows receeding gums to once again cover the portion of tooth that it would, if your mouth was healthy.
e) Oil pulling. This is an ancient Ayurvedic method that strengthens gums and teeth. It improves circulation and detoxes blood vessels, heals mucous membranes and improves nerve supply. It is as simple as taking a small mouthful of a good quality oil – sunflower, olive, apricot, grape, etc – not canola or any oil in plastic. For around 20 minutes you hold it in your mouth, swishing and pushing between teeth with a sucking motion. Most people complain of their gag reflex being too strong – I have a similar problem and was able to overcome it in a short time. My desire to improve my health over-rode any weakness I had. After this time, you must spit it out (NEVER swallow as it is now a toxic sludge); and rinse your mouth with water.
If the issue still occurs after you have changed to each of these care methods, you may need homoeopathy to correct some form of homoeostatic issue – but in most cases, these simple measures will ensure your oral health is no longer an issue.
So, what about using natural health oral care?
* Pure, non-toxic product only. Use this just once and see the difference. It feels like you have just had your teeth polished. How long since your teeth have felt like glass? Zero fluoride, zero SLS or any of the other regular nasties. Of course, if you tell your dentist that you use it, they will tell you that there are no benefits, that the sugar in it is still a sugar. Fact is, the sugar used in this toothpaste is actually known to remineralise the enamel. From the time your baby’s teeth come through, you can rub a tiny amount onto a soft toothbrush with a short handle, that they can chew on. And if your child is in the habit of sneaking toothpaste to eat, you can rest assured that they will not be poisoned…
Kids – toothpaste
Whitening – for adults
Sensitive – toothpaste
Mouthwash – all ages
* Progesterone Cream. Hormone balancing but also capable of reversing brittle bones by remineralisation – balancing the hard minerals in the hard tissue – bone and teeth.
* Colloidal minerals can be likened to micro magnets – by taking a small amount each day, it encourages absorption and utilisation of nutrients that ordinarily would be excreted without benefits. It allows for the basic building blocks of all tissue, including soft and hard, such as bones and teeth.
Nothing can beat diet and healthy (biological) care!