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3-Step Herbal Treatment For Relieving Gum Disease Symptoms

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have gum disease, you may experience several symptoms, such as inflammation, bleeding gums, and pain. If you are searching for a way to relieve your discomfort at home, you may want to try using this three-step herbal treatment regimen every morning and night. All of the ingredients can be found in pharmacies, herbal shops, and some grocery stores. Step 1:  Brush Your Teeth With Aloe Vera Paste Aloe Vera calms inflammation and soothes the burning sensation that often accompanies gum disease. When combined with baking soda to create a paste, the herbal oil can reduce the swelling and discomfort. To make the homemade toothpaste, pour a teaspoon of baking soda in the palm of your hand. Add seven drops of aloe vera oil and mix it with a cotton swab. The consistency should be that of regular, commercial toothpaste. If the paste is too crumbly and dry, add one drop at a time until it is smooth and creamy. However, if the paste is too runny, add a small pinch of baking soda. Once you have mixed the aloe vera paste, dip the wet bristles of your toothbrush in it. Then, gently brush your gums and teeth for a full two minutes. Leave the paste on without rinsing for five minutes to give the ingredients time to soak into the tissue. When the time has passed, rinse your mouth completely with warm water. Then, go on to the next step. Step 2:  Rinse With Thyme Mouthwash Thyme is a natural antimicrobial that kills the germs contributing to your gum disease. While the herb’s extract thymol is found in many commercial antiseptic mouthwashes, you can make your own rinse by using dried thyme leaves and water. You will also need a small saucepan, a small square of cheesecloth, and a cup for this step. Boil one cup of water in the saucepan, adding two tablespoons of dried thyme for one minute. Remove the pan from the stove, allowing the mixture to cool for one hour. After the liquid has cooled completely, place the cheesecloth across the top of the cup. Slowly pour the thyme water through the cloth to strain the leaves out of it. Throw the used leaves away. Use the remaining liquid to rinse your mouth for two minutes. Make sure you pass it between your teeth as you swish it around to thoroughly coat the base of the gums. Spit out the mouthwash and wait five minutes before going on to step three. Step 3:  Rub The Gums With Clove Oil Clove oil helps alleviate gum symptoms in two ways. First, it helps stimulate the blood’s ability to clot which stops your gums from bleeding. Second, the oil absorbs into the tissue and numbs the nerve endings, helping to reduce any pain or irritation you may be experiencing. Before applying the oil to your entire gum line, test one small section to make sure it does not irritate the tissue. If it doesn’t, proceed with the application. However, if you do notice a reaction, do not use it until speaking with your dentist first. To apply, saturate the end of a cotton swab with undiluted clove oil. Rub your gums with the swab until you have covered the entire surface. Do not eat, drink, or rinse your...

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7 Complications Associated With Periodontitis (Gum Disease)

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Periodontitis is a serious infection of the gums (gingivitis) that causes damage to the soft tissues and bones that support your teeth. An estimated 47.2 percent of adults in America have severe, moderate or mild periodontitis, according to a 2009 and 2010 study that researched the prevalence of periodontitis in adults in the United States. In addition to a plethora of uncomfortable symptoms such as swollen gums, pain or tenderness of the gums and pus formation between the gums and teeth, many serious complications can occur. Here’s a look at some dangerous complications your periodontist may point out to you. 1. Tooth Loss Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can generally be reversed with regular brushing and flossing. Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss. As periodontitis progresses, the supporting structures of the teeth including bone and tissue are destroyed. This causes the teeth to gradually loosen and fall out. 2. Respiratory Problems Periodontitis has been linked to respiratory disease and may worsen certain conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CORD), according to the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology. The oral bacterium that causes periodontitis can enter the lower respiratory tract and colonize in the lungs, causing respiratory problems like pneumonia and exacerbate conditions like CORD. 3. Coronary Artery Disease Coronary artery disease develops when fatty proteins and plaque accumulates on the walls of the arteries. Over time, the arteries begin to narrow causing a constriction in blood flow. As oxygen is restricted from traveling to the heart, symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath and even heart attack can occur. Periodontitis has been proven to exacerbate heart problems when oral bacteria enter the bloodstream and attach to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries, which can lead to clot formations. 4. Stroke Research has linked periodontitis to an increased risk of stroke. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, one study found people with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were more likely to be suffering from an oral infection in comparison to those in study’s control group. Stroke occurs when there is an interruption in the blood supply to the brain. When bacteria strains from an oral infection attach to carotid arteries, a stroke can occur. 5. Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes inflammation, stiffness and pain in the joints. When someone has both gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, they have a higher count of anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPAs), which can exacerbate both conditions. Periodontitis also causes chronic inflammation in the mouth, which can in turn trigger chronic inflammation in other parts of the body, such as the joints. 6. Pregnancy Issues Women with periodontitis are at a higher risk for developing premature labor and low-birth-weight infants, according to the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine. Pregnant women have higher levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen. This rise in hormones can cause the gums to react in a different way to the bacteria found in oral plaque. The body reacts by producing extra prostaglandins, fatty acids that can cause a baby to be born too small or too early. 7. Asthma Asthma is a chronic condition that can affect the lungs and airways that lead to the lungs. People with asthma often experience...

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Understanding Pulp Treatment In Young Children

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Pulp Treatment In Young Children

As an adult, you or someone you know have likely undergone root canal treatment. This is a procedure that treats internal tooth infections and salvages the tooth to avoid removal. However, what if your child requires the same treatment? Surely they don’t have to undergo this painful procedure? Well, you’re right. With children, there is an alternative available known as pulp therapy that aims to treat the internal infection and avoid the need for removal. This procedure can be carried out on milk or permanent teeth, and is typically classified into vital pulp treatment and non-vital pulp treatment.  What Is Vital Pulp Treatment? Vital pulp treatment is a procedure that involves removing the entire pulp from the crown whilst leaving the roots in place. Typically, this treatment can’t be carried out if your child is suffering from swelling around the gums. At present, there are four treatments that are suitable for young children:  Protective Base – Used where the tooth is damaged by decay but the pulp is not damaged. This procedure involves removing the decay and providing a normal filling into the tooth.  Direct Cap – Typically used where a small amount of pulp has become exposed. This exposed region of pulp is treated with medication that stops the area becoming infected.  Indirect Cap – This procedure is necessary where the tooth decay is situated near the pulp but the pulp remains free from infection. Your child’s dentist will remove all decay from the area and install a filling on top of the tooth to prevent the remaining pulp from becoming infected. This will also help the tooth when healing.  Vital Pulpotomy – This procedure is used if the pulp within the tooth has become infected. To treat this, your child’s dentist from our site like will remove any signs of decay from around the tooth and then fill the inside of the hollowed tooth with a protective substance. The tooth is then sealed off with a crowd that protects the pulp against any further infection. What is Non-vital Pulp Treatment? If the pulp within your child’s tooth has been damaged beyond repair, your dentist will likely propose non-vital pulp treatment as a suitable course of action.  Pulp treatment works by removing remaining pulp from within the tooth and then internally cleaning the ‘shell’ of the tooth. The hollowed tooth is then filled with a reactive substance that causes it to weaken and eventually fall out. Once the tooth has fallen out, the dentist will place a crown into the leftover space in order to prevent the gums and surrounding teeth from infection. This ‘dummy’ tooth can be modeled so that it blends in with your child’s surrounding teeth, leaving them without any cosmetic problems.  When Should Your Child Undergo Pulp Treatment? There are no hard and fast rules for this – every situation is unique. As such, your dentist will assess each child on a case-by-case basis and make a decision based on the following:  The age and overall health of the child.  The infected tooth and what type of tooth this is.  The extent of any structural damage to the tooth.  The estimated time until the tooth will likely fall out.  Whether or not the gums and/or jawbone have become infected.  Usually, your dentist will aim to limit the extent...

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