Gingivitis

From our list of herbs and spices, the following are recommended for Gingivitis:

  • Goldenseal
  • Green Tea

Natural Cures and Remedies for Gingivitis

Conventional dentistry takes a mechanical approach to what is a biological issue. Many dental procedures entail digging into tissues, filing away teeth, and building new structures. For example, the standard treatment for periodontitis in the United States is to clean teeth and then to cut away inflamed tissue. This contrasts with the approach of European dentists, who clean teeth and then allow the tissues to heal over many months. For gingivitis, conventional treatments involve better oral hygiene. TMJ disease is often corrected with a plastic cover over the teeth to separate the upper jaw and the lower jaw.

For many disorders inflammation is so obvious it does not have to be measured. For example, the pain of arthritis is a clear enough sign of inflammation. Swelling, redness, and tenderness to the touch also are obvious signs of inflammation in muscle injuries, gingivitis, and many other disorders. These are typically localized forms of inflammation, though they burden the entire body with a variety of inflammation-promoting substances. Tests to confirm inflammation in these situations may be an unnecessary expense.

Goldenseal, Green Tea

Three common dental disorders involve significant levels of inflammation: gingivitis, periodontitis, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Chronic gingivitis refers to inflammation in the gum tissues visible near teeth. If your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth, diseases and specific conditions

there is a good chance that you have gingivitis. Periodontitis describes inflammation that is much deeper and involves the supporting bone of the teeth, and it is often missed in casual examinations. Periodontitis erodes the bone forming teeth. TMJ syndrome is generally recognized as a misalignment of the temporomandibular joint, located near the ears, which hinges the jawbone to the skull. This misalignment generates free radicals, which can fuel inflammation.

In gingivitis, inflammation develops in response to bacterial infiltration of the gums. Similarly, in periodontitis, the breakdown of bone triggers an inflammatory response, which leads to additional destruction of bone. The inflammatory response activates a number of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which tell more white blood cells to get involved. If these cytokines leak into the bloodstream—a very likely event—they can prompt white blood cells throughout the body to react. In TMJ syndrome the sheering of bone generates large numbers of free radicals, which amplify pain and promote inflammation. All of these disorders are made significantly worse by smoking, which directly exposes oral tissues to large quantities of free radicals and which depletes antioxidants such as vitamin C.

‘-itis.” For example, gastritis means inflammation of the stomach, tendinitis refers to inflammation of the tendons, and gingivitis means inflammation of the gingiva (gums).