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 Integrative Dentistry: Gum Disease 

2. Brush properly after every meal to remove food particles. (For more information on proper brushing techniques, see Oral Hygiene, Brushing, in Part Three.)

3. Consider using an electric toothbrush, which is effective in stimulating and cleaning gums.

4. Have your teeth cleaned and checked regularly by a dental hygienist, dentist, or Periodontist.

5. To soothe and heal inflamed, bleeding gums, rinse your mouth with a solution of warm water mixed with a tablespoon of aloe vera gel, or apply aloe vera gel directly to the affected area. (See Using Herbs, Application Preparation, in Part Three.)

6. Use goldenseal in a toothpaste preparation to help heal inflamed, diseased gums. (See Using Herbs, Application Preparation, in Part Three.)

7. Vitamin C is important for healthy gums. Take the recommended adult requirement of 500 milligrams daily.

8. For gums that have receded, use balsa-wood wedge toothpicks to clean between the gums and teeth. (For further information on these special toothpicks, see Oral Hygiene in Part Three.) Do not use regular toothpicks, which may damage delicate gum tissue and wear down the sides of the teeth causing "toothpick abrasion."

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Nutritional Supplements

Supplement Directions for Use Comments

Calcium Take 1500 mg daily. Important component of strong, healthy bones.

Coenzyme Q-10 Take 60 mg daily. Helps improve gum disease by increasing circulation of oxygen to cells.

Garlic Take 250 mg daily. Nature's antibiotic. Also helps strengthen the immune system.

Magnesium Take 750 mg daily. Works with calcium in maintaining healthy bones.

Vitamin A Take 10,000 IU daily. Helps fight infection.

Vitamin B complex Take 100 mg daily. Involved in the production of energy through the conversion of food. Beneficial effect on stress.

Vitamin C Take 1500 mg daily. An important component of connective tissue; promotes healing of bleeding, unhealthy gums.

Zinc Take 60 mg daily. Promotes healing.

Homeopathic Treatment
Dissolve the tablets under your tongue. Do not eat or drink for fifteen minutes prior to or after taking medication.

Preparation Directions for Use Comments

Kali phosphoricum 6X Take 1 tablet 3 times daily or every 2 hours, depending on the severity of the problem. Helpful for gums that bleed easily and for spongy, receding gums.

Mercurius corrrosivus 6X Take 1 tablet 3 times daily. Indicated for loose teeth and swollen gums.

Mercurius hydrargyrum 30X Take 1 tablet 3 times daily. Helps stop bleeding; heals receding, tender gums; and alleviates bad breath.

(Excerpted from The Complete Book of Dental Remedies)
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