Back from the dentist after having lots of plaque removed. Lots of bleeding gums as well. I have had this for years now and keeping a good, clean, paleo diet hasnt helped, unfirtunately. I do clean my teeth as instructed, but to no avail. I have developed pockets, in some places as deep as 6 mm. So, I have been reading up on this today, and according to Mercola I should use a WaterPik and salt water in order to get rid of both the inflammation and the subsequent build-up of plack, which in turn should heal my pockets and restore my gum health. Anyone has any experience or input on this, possibly? Im not completely sure about how much to trust Mercola? Also, not sure if the salt water is truly a long-term solution, as I read elsewehre it can be detrimental to teeth and gum tissue?
"Those who enjoy good nutrition but still suffer dental problems are generally suffering the ravages of toxic waste products stemming from an overabundance of bacterial colonies within the mouth.
For many people brushing and flossing is not enough to completely control dental problems, especially those who have already developed pockets at the necks of the teeth. conventional cleaning is simply not enough to rid the mouth of the toxic waste products responsible for all the trouble.
For years dentists and gum tissue specialists have recommended gum and bone surgery to cut away loose, flabby gums and infected bone. Supposedly after healing, the mouth can then be "again" kept clean by brushing and flossing. this is seldom the case, however, and most people wind up in the same condition in a short time and are told that surgery is necessary again and again.
The reason for this is that the real "cause" of the problem is not being attacked. a "cut job" is not the solution to the problem. The solution is hidden in a common sense approach to eliminating the toxic waste products; a solution, by the way, recommended by Dr. Levi S. Parmly in a book; "A Practical Guide To The Management Of The Teeth", published in 1819!
Most schools of thought today give Dr. Parmly credit for being the first dentist (scientist?) to discover and report the real cause of cavities and gum infection. The majority of the American public lack this KNOWLEDGE, therefore cannot take ACTION.
Once pockets form (98% of Americans have early, moderate or severe pocket formation), brushing and flossing alone cannot remove toxic waste products from these "below the gum line spaces". The only way known to accomplish this flushing away of the disease-producing toxins is by use of an oral irrigator, i.e. Via-jet or Water Pik. If the pockets are shallow, the regular Via-jet or Water Pik Tip is adequate. If the pockets have become moderate (even in limited areas), then a "Special Tip" or elongated directional (cannulae) tip is necessary.
When the toxic waste products that are being trapped in "below the gum line spaces" are flushed out daily with warm salt water, the body's normal reparative processes set in and heal the diseased gum tissue. In most cases, once the gum disease begins to heal, the bone follows suit, growing back new bone where it's been lost and tightening up loose, wobbly teeth (self-help healing of pyorrhea).
In mouths where bacteria toxins run high, the decay process is also represented, so by eliminating the bacterial waste products from the teeth and gums the decay process stops, as well as gums and bone healing.
The saliva can then return to its God-intended condition of healing fluid rather than a sewage-transmission fluid. Only when this "healing fluid" state is acheived can cavities harden (remineralize). When toxic waste products abound, everything gets worse, not better. The human body normally produces approximately one quart of saliva each day. When this saliva exists under such environmental conditions to be in the "healing fluid" state, then and only then will:
Cavities heal (remineralize)
Gums heal (rejuvinate)
Bone heals (tightening up loose teeth)"
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on May 15, 2015
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Outside of the bacterial and other issues, CoQ10 can help heal the gums, also many toothpastes contain harmful ingredients that harm both tooth enamel as well as gums. There is a liquid form of ubiquinol - kind of expensive that you could swish around your mouth for a minute or two and then swallow (CoQ10 is also good for the heart). CoQ10 in pills might also work, but won't be as readily absorbed.
I use a mixture of half coconut oil and baking soda (not powder), and I add various antibacterial essential oils such as cinnamon (cassia actually), or oregano oil into a toothpaste. Coconut oil is also antibacterial.
I also got this powdered mix of calcium and magnesium that has some Vitamin D3 that I mixed in there, and I also broke open a few K2 capsules and mixed the whole thing into the toothpaste for remineralization.
Instead of using a pea sized blob of this toothpaste and then spitting it out, I use more like half a teaspon to a teaspoon of it, and when I'm done brushing, I keep it in my mouth and swish it around, like you'd do for an oil pull while I take a shower. I then spit it out into the trash can (you don't want coconut oil going down the sewer system as it will clog it.)
A low carb paleo diet very much helps.
Hope this helps.