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Whats causing my sensitive and bleeding gums despite paleo diet and brushing with only coconut oil?

Answered on October 04, 2013
Created October 01, 2013 at 10:20 PM

About 2 years ago I switched to coconut oil to brush my teeth. Its done an amazing job keeping them clean and white. I eat a strict paleo, and tend to be in ketosis most of the time, if not I am still eating low carb.

For the past month or two my gums have been really sensitive. After brushing they will bleed a lot.I'm using an extra soft brush and only coconut oil.

For a few weeks, I've tried some oralbiotic lozenges after brushing, and tried to brush extra lightly. I also do an oil pull with coconut oil about once a week. The sensitivity has stopped, but still, if I'm not paying close attention, my gums will bleed if i brush with even a little pressure.

Searching around here and other places, it seems like the solution to my problems above would be to go strict paleo and get rid of the regular toothpaste. Its baffling to me because I've already been doing this!

Anyone have any ideas?

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on October 04, 2013
at 10:13 AM

Just because the paleo crowd can't accept out of dogmatism that low carb can indeed cause side effects, doesn't mean that low carb is safe.

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on October 04, 2013
at 03:27 AM

Just because Paul Jaminet says so doesn't make it true.

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on October 02, 2013
at 03:48 PM

Overdoing Vitamin D supplements will also cause gum bleeding (by antagonizing Vitamin K). I can confirm this by my own experience.

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on October 02, 2013
at 03:47 PM

The cause is likely the low carbing itself. It can reduce your immune function and mucus production which are important for gum health. Paul Jaminet wrote about it some time ago.

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/11/dangers-of-zero-carb-diets-ii-mucus-deficiency-and-gastrointestinal-cancers/

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on October 02, 2013
at 03:37 PM

Vitamin C? Scruvy?

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on October 04, 2013
at 07:58 PM

Even though coconut oil is wonderful for oral health, brushing with it alone is not enough to replace lost minerals in the teeth or get rid of all the germs, placque and tartar that accumulate in your mouth. Wellness Mama has some great recipes for homemade toothpastes/tooth powders

http://wellnessmama.com/5252/remineralizing-tooth-powder-recipe/

http://wellnessmama.com/2500/homemade-remineralizing-toothpaste-recipe/

http://wellnessmama.com/8780/squeezable-homemade-toothpaste/

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on October 04, 2013
at 07:49 PM

Please go see the dentist, EddyA. You probably just need a cleaning.

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on October 03, 2013
at 02:28 PM

Try oil pulling. Swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth first thing in the morning (before eating or drinking anything). Do it for 15 minutes, then spit out the oil and brush your teeth after. If you can't do 15 min right away, start with just 2-3 minutes and 1 tsp, then slowly work your way up to 1 tbsp and 15 min. I found this to improve my dental health tremendously. Also cleanses my lymphatic system. I always have to hock up a bit of phlegm after I oil pull.

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on October 02, 2013
at 03:47 PM

The cause is likely the low carbing itself. It can reduce your immune function and mucus production which are important for gum health. Paul Jaminet wrote about it some time ago.

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/11/dangers-of-zero-carb-diets-ii-mucus-deficiency-and-gastrointestinal-cancers/

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on October 04, 2013
at 03:27 AM

Just because Paul Jaminet says so doesn't make it true.

Medium avatar

(15)

on October 02, 2013
at 03:48 PM

Overdoing Vitamin D supplements will also cause gum bleeding (by antagonizing Vitamin K). I can confirm this by my own experience.

Medium avatar

(15)

on October 04, 2013
at 10:13 AM

Just because the paleo crowd can't accept out of dogmatism that low carb can indeed cause side effects, doesn't mean that low carb is safe.

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on October 02, 2013
at 03:11 PM

Your dental regimen isn't working. Either you have severe nutritional deficiencies or you have severe gum disease, but either way you are in danger of losing your teeth and possibly your health.

Time to see a dentist. Seek out a holistic dentist who will at least think to ask about your nutritional status. But it's time to get serious if you want to keep your teeth.

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on October 01, 2013
at 10:38 PM

So many possibilities lead to bleeding gums. Mostly impossible to diagnose online as I see it. Going to a Dentist is the first step to figuring it out. Not everything is Paleo curable or Paleocentric.

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on October 01, 2013
at 10:34 PM

dont think your gums should be bleeding, even with bad toothpaste and hard brushing. this article mentions vitamin c and k deficiency as nutritional causes.

http://www.healthline.com/health/bleeding-gums

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