Any experience with strengthening gums?

topic posted Wed, October 25, 2006 - 12:46 PM by  Tarot Readin...
I got a warning from the dentist that I can't slack on my dental/gum care any more....gums are loosening and sore, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. So, I got the message and promised to brush and floss more often but was wondering about natural simple remedies, toothpastes and rinses to help aid the healing and bring the plaque level down. Intuitively I'm thinking rinsing my mouth with mineral sea salt....Any good experiences to share?
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Tarot Readings by Jeannie
SF Bay Area
  • Re: Any experience with strengthening gums?

    Wed, October 25, 2006 - 3:38 PM
    Baar or Heritage or Homehealth have a nice product that contains prickly ash bark, salt, calcium chloride, iodine trichloride, and peppermint oil. I think it's called Ipsab.

    After a week you can feel the difference!
  • Re: Any experience with strengthening gums?

    Wed, October 25, 2006 - 11:33 PM

    try oil pulling's a simple ayurvedic remedy. Do a web search for more details, but the basic gist is to suck and swish a few teaspoons of sesame or sunflower oil through your teeth before eating or drinking in the AM, and then spit the stuff out and rinse your mouth when it gets thin and white. I've heard many glowing testimonials from those who have done this regularly. I've only done it sporatically, but I did notice a subtle improvement in my oral health.
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    Re: Any experience with strengthening gums?

    Fri, October 27, 2006 - 11:50 PM
    hi jeannie--
    here's another approach----
    being that physical ailments are quite often brought about by mental/emotional issues, see if this shoe fits:
    gum issues may stem from the inability to back up decisions. wishy washy about life.
    if this is the case, then practice being strong with your convictions, speaking your mind, feeling good and confident about not only making decisions, but sticking to them. here's an affirmation to tell yourself in this regard: "I am a decisive person. I follow through and support myself with love"
    this information comes from the Author Louise Hay---
    i have on a number of occasions had suddenly come down with sore and soft gums, like enflamed and painful---simultaneously, i looked at what was going on at the time i was going thru this----each time, it coincided with a period of difficulty i was having with speaking my mind to a person that i felt really needed to hear what i had to say, yet i was too afraid to bring it up. once i finally was able to talk about it to the person and not be inhibited with what i had to say, my gums healed.---this has happened at least 3 times in my life that i can think of.
    i hope this can be useful to you--
    good luck, Jeannie
  • I was wondering what Louise Hay had to say about around speaking out makes sense. And in fact I just completed a class where I had to read stories from my past in front of everyone. Though I used to be comfortable about this, I was pretty out of practice and had terrible stage fright this time around.

    I know it goes deeper than that though, and I'm opening up to my own power of speech lately. Also I'm a quadruple air sign, so communication is dear to my heart.

    I looked at so many products at the health food stores. And I probably bought more than I need. I tried the oil pulling with olive oil (since that's what I had on hand) and that was very soothing. But, I think I'll have to work up to the 15 minutes recommended (I did about 3). Who knew that swishing oil in your mouth was such a discipline?

    Sea salt gargle seems good too, but it gave me dry mouth. I'm leaning more towards soothing now. Chamomile is good mixed in water with a bit of peppermint and oak tree bark, as a mouthwash.

    I keep hearing that floride is not good, but the Sensodyne toothpaste that my dentist recommended to build up my teeth has that ingredient. I have an exposed tooth root, where my gums pulled away, that's very sensitive. Is there a way to naturally coat that area?
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      hey jeannie--
      i just learned another thing recently---diabetes is connected to inflamed gums and gums pulling away from the teeth----and is somehow connected t osugar intake----maybe try stopping anything w/sugar in it?
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        I was using Sensodyne for a while too, and then realized that the one I was using was a whitening formulation. I changed to a regular Sensodyne and that helped. I've also used Jason's Oral Comfort toothpaste, and found it helpful as well. (it has Co-Q10, it's also a berry mint flavor...a bit different, but not bad)

        I think that switching to a Sonicare toothbrush has also made a big difference. My teeth feel a lot cleaner, especially near my gums. My gums also feel more hardy (for lack of a better word).
  • Re: Any experience with strengthening gums?

    Sun, November 26, 2006 - 10:36 PM
    Using hydrogen peroxide kills anaerobic bacteria improving overall oral health. It's easier to rinse mixing it with water (1:1). It's cheap and effective It can even prevent a sore throat from getting worse. Do not drink!
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      Mon, November 27, 2006 - 12:33 AM
      I saw some of that peroxide mouth wash in the health food store....but you're saying regular peroxide will work too?

      thanks also for the tips about sensodyne...

      I'm starting to wonder if my problem is also one of my molars.....the dentist didn't detect anything, but it throbs when I lay down to sleep every night....not good...

      please tooth and gum fairies....send me your blessings....

      • Re: Any experience with strengthening gums?

        Mon, November 27, 2006 - 9:34 AM
        yes, regular peroxide and water works fine. Also, make sure your tooth brush is soft. Hard ones can retract the gum. Intra-oral biodynamic craniosacral can help too ... make sure your practitioner has enough training and experience. I'm a practitioner, but I live in Austin ... Good luck
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          Mon, November 27, 2006 - 11:49 PM
          Tomorrow I'm going to an endodontist to see if one of my molars is ok, or needs the dreaded root canal. This is all new to me....i really hope that nothing so drastic needs to happen....

          again...calling out to the dental fairies.....hellooooooo......
          • Re: Any experience with strengthening gums?

            Tue, November 28, 2006 - 11:48 PM
            Yep, they say I need the root canal....but something weird happened when they tried to numb me for the procedure....the anestetics didn't work....and they tried four different shots.

            They said my jaw was not set up like most people's inside....

            Well, I know I'm's to honoring people's differences....
            • Re: Any experience with strengthening gums?

              Fri, December 1, 2006 - 9:01 PM
              I've spent a good part of my life in Dentist's chairs and had trouble with gingivitus. 20 yrs ago they had to take a graft from my upper mouth and graft it below my two lower front teeth because of the recession. It worked. One can make a paste out of baking powder and hydrogen peroxide and apply it with your finger. it works. To me, the bottom line is I know I have to floss at least 5 days a week, no matter what, and I do, and it works. Good health to you!
  • Re: Any experience with strengthening gums?

    Tue, December 12, 2006 - 7:21 AM
    There has been a lot of research done linking gums and teeth to meridians ( energetic lay lines that run through out the body, connecting all systems ) . So this means that poor dental hygiene can be caused by other problems in the body such as intestinal dysbiosis, leaky gut, etc., but it does go both ways so having problems with your teeth can also cause problems elsewhere in the body!
    If interested in any more info on this idea you can get me at :" Asheville Natural Healers " here on Tribe
  • Re: Any experience with strengthening gums?

    Sun, March 25, 2007 - 10:24 PM
    Stop eating sugar
    get lots of sleep
    take lots of vitamin C
    gently and thoroughly brush your gums twice a day, but don't brush gums away from teeth (brush toward teeth)
    instead of brushing them, you can massage them- wrap cheesecloth or cotton bandage material around your finger
    use Christmas tree brushes
    tea tree oil mouthwash or salt water rinse will probably help too
    if you can't brush and/or floss right after eating, at least rinse your mouth with water