Swollen Gums

What are the causes of swollen gums? Whether it's a gum infection or other cause, there's a healthy remedy.

A man I once knew, told me he was diagnosed with pyorrhea after having been overseas in the service. His gums had swollen and subsequently receded, exposing the sensitive tooth base. It was difficult for him to eat, especially hot or cold foods.

By the time I'd met him, he'd had all his teeth extracted and been given dentures. Fortunately for him, they fit well. I've heard that dentures can be hard to fit or stay in, that they need changed over time, and they are a pain to keep clean.

In researching swollen gums and gum infections from a wellness perspective, there were "keep it simple" consistencies.

1. Rinse first. When you cannot floss & brush, rinse your mouth with water after eating. Just take a drink, swish around a bit, and swallow (or spit it out if you prefer).

2. Floss next. No matter how well you brush your teeth, food always gets stuck between the teeth. Rotting food leads to rotten teeth and gums.

3. Brush all surfaces of the teeth AND gums, firmly, not aggressively. Use a brush that removes food and is not abrasive, in that it's not irritating to the gums.

Use a toothpaste without fluoride. There are just too many healthy alternatives for you to risk the controversy. I don't care if your dad was a dentist and noticed a huge difference when they started adding fluoride to the water! There's absolutely no reason to add chemicals to your body when you don't have to! It certainly won't help swollen gums.

5. Get regular dental checkups to check for plaque buildup which may need more aggressive cleaning, measuring for gum depth, and misaligned teeth.

6. Do not chew tobacco! This maintains an acidic environment which is very friendly to bacteria, and viruses.

7. Do not pierce your tongue. The barbell can be highly irritating to the gums, not to mention metals. Well, ok, I'll mention them.

There is a lot of documentation and studies that have been done on the effects of metals in your mouth. Most of us know about the challenges with mercury. There are also challenges with nickel. Plus, some of the composite materials contain metal too, even though they're the color of the tooth. Stay away from metal as much as possible.

8. Nourish the cells of your mouth...but don't stop there! You can nourish the cells of your body, including your mouth with these liquid vitamins that are absorbed directly into the cells within minutes.

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9. Go green! Greens are alkalyzing. Bacteria and viruses do not live in an alkaline environment. Mucous membranes thrive in a nourished and alkaline environment. I add a liquid green to my water and swish it around in my mouth after I eat. At my last dentist appointment (I try to go at least every 10 years), the hygienist said she didn't know how I kept my mouth in such good condition not having them cleaned more regularly. But, you know what? The greens also keep plaque from forming. I don't know why, but if I run out, plaque tends to form. When I start taking it again, it loosens the plaque so I can brush it away.

Alkalyzing Greens

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