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Helpful Supplements For Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease literally means “disease around the tooth” and is the major cause of tooth loss. The network of bones, gums and ligaments that form the tooth socket are called the periodontium. The gums that surround your teeth are called gingival.

Periodontal disease goes through three stages: gingivitis, periodontitis and pyorrhea.

The first stage; gingivitis, refers to inflammation of the gums caused by plaque that forms on the teeth and gums. This substance, if not properly removed through brushing and flossing hardens into tartar that irritates and infects the gums. Treated at this stage, gum disease can be controlled. It has not yet damaged the bone and ligaments that hold the teeth in place.

The second stage; periodontitis (begins as gingivitis), refers to the stage in which the plaque gets beneath the gums and begins to damage the roots of the teeth.

The third stage; pyorrhea, refers to the final stage of the disease. It affects the bones and support system for the teeth. The gums often recede to the point that the teeth appear elongated; pockets form underneath the gums where plaque and food can collect causing bad breath and greater gum irritation. Plaque and tartar under the gum line can cause infections that damage the bone. This results in loose teeth and tooth loss.

Inadequate tooth cleaning is the major cause of periodontal disease; however, other contributing factors include the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, a high sugar diet, mouth breathing, and habitual clenching and grinding of the teeth. Hereditary, hormonal imbalances and stress are other possible factors.

Symptoms Of Gum Disease:

According to the American Dental Association, any of the following can signal periodontal disease; although, it is also possible to have the condition without experiencing any symptoms.

– Gums that bleed easily, or gum tissue that is red, swollen and tender.
– Gum tissue that has pulled away from the teeth.
– Persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth.
– Permanent teeth that are loose or separating.
– Pus that oozes from between the teeth and gums when pressure is applied to the gums.
– Any changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite or any changes in the fit of partial dentures.

To prevent gum disease, brush and floss your teeth daily; after every meal if possible. If you can not brush, at least rinse your mouth well with water. In addition to cleaning your teeth, using an electric toothbrush stimulates the gums. Avoid mouthwashes with alcohol, which can dry out and irritate sensitive gums.

Helpful Supplements:

Vitamin A (beta carotene) seems to control the development and general health of the gums; a lack of this vitamin often results in gum infection. Take up to 10,000 IU beta carotene daily.

Vitamin C intake is especially helpful for the prevention of gingivitis and pyorrhea and may help promote healing of the gums. A deficiency of this vitamin causes teeth to loosen and break down. Take 3,000 milligrams daily.

Vitamin E helps promote healing of the gums. Take 400 IU daily. In addition, when gums are inflamed, open a capsule of vitamin E oil and rub it directly on the affected area to sooth and alleviate gum soreness in a matter of minutes.

Folic acid reduces inflammation and bleeding. Rinse your mouth using 5 milliliters of a 0.1 percent solution of folic acid twice a day; or, take 4 milligrams capsules or tablets daily.

Coenzyme Q10 helps to reduce swelling in gingivitis and promote healing. One study suggests taking 50 milligrams daily for 3 weeks relieves gingivitis symptoms.

Herbal Remedies:

Chamomile tea soothes irritated gums and may help prevent gum disease. It contains numerous components, including flavonoids, that have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. Use as a mouthwash three or four times a day between meals or drink it after meals.

Black tea may reduce your chances for gum diseases. Studies show that tea prevents plaque production. Subjects who rinsed with a black tea solution inhibited the production of amylase in their saliva. Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down the carbohydrate in starchy foods to a form that bacteria feed on. In reducing amylase, mouth germs are starved and can not manufacture harmful toxins. It also contains fluoride, which fights tooth decay while strengthening the bone that secures the teeth.

Bloodroot contains sanguinarine, a natural antibacterial substance that can prevent dental plaque from forming. Many natural toothpastes and mouthwashes contain bloodroot. Look for a brand that also contains fluoride for added protection.

Goldenseal tea has natural antibiotic properties, is a soothing solution for infected gums. It can destroy bacteria plaguing gums. Use as a mouthwash three to four times a day until the area is healed.

Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties, a dab of the oil placed directly on the sore area can help fight infection that is causing red, inflamed gums. Use once or twice a day until the area heals.

Other herbal teas used as mouthwash that may be helpful include bayberry, chaparral, marshmallow, and yellow dock.

Warning: Periodontal disease can increase the risk of heart disease. If you suspect you have gum disease, see your dentist at once.

Bromelain And Heart Attacks

For years Ive discussed many of the potential dangers involved with taking an aspirin a day to help prevent heart attacks. Now, I want to tell you about an “aspirin substitute”bromelain.
Bromelain is an enzyme extracted from the pineapple plant. It is referred to as a “protease” which means it breaks down proteins, reducing them to their basic building blocks.
Almost 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus and his crew “discovered” the pineapple on the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe. Even then, they were amazed at its medicinal uses. Natives used the juice to aid in digestion of meat and cure stomachaches. Women used it to beautify their skin and warriors used it to improve the healing of their wounds. Recent research suggests that the pineapple (more specifically bromelain, which is extracted from the stem) may be one of the best tools we can use to help prevent and even treat heart disease.
Atherosclerosis or clogging of the arteries directly accounts for one-half of all the deaths in this country. It kills by cutting off the life-sustaining blood supply to vital organs like the heart, brain and kidneys. Heart attacks result from blockage of small blood vessels supplying the heart muscle and strokes are often the result of a similar blockage to the brain.
Research has continually shown that the clots formed in arteries are composed largely of protein (fibrin). These clots also contain particles of various fats and cholesterol, but the protein mesh of fibrin seems to be the culprit holding the clot together. In fact, clot-busting drugs like streptokinase (marketed as Streptase) and urokinase that have been shown to dissolve 70 percent of the clots in heart patients work by breaking down the protein fibrin! (The enzymes involved break down fibrin not cholesterol. Despite this, everyone still wants to call cholesterol the cause of the problem.)
Bromelain works much the same way as these miracle clot-busting drugs. (Just like streptokinase, bromelain stimulates the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin, which in turn helps break down fibrin clots. (Arch. Int. Pharmacodyn 1981; 254:157-67.) (Med. Hypothesis 1980; 6:1123-33.) (Med. Hypothesis 1980; 6:99-104.) J. Int. Acad. Prev. Med. 1979; Vol. 6, No. 1.)
Even more surprising, bromelain may be able to “clean” arteries of atherosclerotic plaquing before a problem occurs. In an animal study, bromelain broke down arteriosclerotic plaquing before a problem occured. In an animal study, bromelain broke down arteriosclerotic plaque in the aortas of rabbits. (Dissert. Abstr. B 1975; 35 (2 pt) 6013, Ord. No. 75-13, 735.)
Besides breaking down clots, bromelain appears to keep clots from forming in the first place. Explaining this area can get somewhat complicated and confusing (to me anyway). The “stickiness” of your blood cells has a lot to do with clot formation. This “stickiness” is linked to your bodys production of temporary hormones called prostaglandins. Bromelain blocks the production of prostaglandins that keep blood cells from getting too sticky, and promotes the production of those that help circulation. On the other hand, aspirin blocks the production of all prostaglandins, both good and bad!
Bromelain also has been shown to be very effective in treating inflammation, again without the side effects of aspirin or the nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Rufin, Medipren, Midol, etc. In fact, even the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has been effective using 2250 mg. of bromelain twice daily between meals. In one study, over 70 percent of those on the program experienced good to excellent results of less joint swelling, less pain and more mobility. (Pennsyl. Med. J. 64; 67:27-30.)
Bromelain is sold in health food stores everywhere as a digestive aid and is generally considered very sage without any known side effects. After all, it comes from pineapple juice which again has been used medicinally for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
Most studies Ive reviewed recommended between 2,000 and 4,000 mg. daily. When used for inflammation and the other reasons Ive described, it is best taken between meals. Some authorities recommend taking at least 500 IU of vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) along with bromelain to prevent harmful clogging of the arteries due to sticky blood cells.
Bromelain use is another one of those therapies you wont hear much about because theres not much money to be made in pineapple extracts. You can bet, however, that drug companies are studying bromelain very closely. Anything that works this well for so many problems, without side effects, would be the ideal starting point for some new medications.

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