GINGIVITIS (GUM DISEASE)

ESSENTIAL OILS

Clove. Contains eugenol, which may support healthy gums and the remineralization of teeth.

Cinnamon. Highly potent against bacteria responsible for gum disease.107

Myrrh. Contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may aid in healing gum disease.

Tea Tree and Manuka. Have anti-bacterial properties that can prevent gingivitis.

Research
A recent study evaluated clove’s ability to slow dental erosion compared to eugenol, eugenyl- acetate, fluoride and a control group. Not only did clove oil lead the pack by significantly decreasing decalcification, it was observed that it actually remineralized teeth.

Home Remedy
Oil Pulling. Take 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 2 drops of an anti- bacterial essential oil, such as clove, and gently swish the mixture in your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes to help fight gingivitis.

Background
Gingivitis is a common form
of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gums. There are more than 200,000 reported cases each year. Because gingivitis can be mild, you may not be aware that you have the condition, but it's important to take it seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease and eventual tooth loss. Common symptoms of gingivitis are red gums that are swollen and bleed easily. This can be due to poor dental hygiene, smoking, immune-related illnesses, emotional stress, poor nutrition or excess consumption of sugar.

Suggested Supplements

» Coenzyme Q10. Can have a healing effect on gingivitis; take 100 milligrams daily.

» Vitamin C + Collagen Protein. Help strengthen gums and aid with healthy tissue formation.