Saturday, August 6, 2011

How to Start Caring for Your Gums at Home

Gum tissue is connected to the bone by fibers. You can
achieve reattachment of these gum fibers by using a gentle
massaging stroke with a soft brush. So, using the side of a
small-headed, soft toothbrush that has a dab of herbal toothpaste
on it, gently massage the tissue with a shimmying sideto-
side stroke.
Such massage stimulates circulation, which aids healing
in the gum tissue. Using a massage stroke with a soft brush
will help you bring the healing blood cells of the gums to the
surface. It is the healing cells of the gums that will help to
reattach gum tissue to the tooth. Think of the skin on your face. If you massage the skin on your face and create more
circulation, then you are more likely to get a healthier and
tighter appearance to your skin. The gum tissue is similar to
the skin on your face in that both need proper products and
massage. In Chinese medicine, natural blood-building tonics
such as dong quai improve circulation. This can bring a
healthy blood flow and stimulation to the gum tissue, and
balance the female hormonal chemistry, which has a direct
correlation to the health of our gum tissue.
If the gum tissue feels too sore when you first practice
brush massage, then just proceed by rinsing frequently. In a
day or two, when the tissue heals, you can begin massaging
the gums again in order to bring the healing blood cells to
the surface.
Do not rush the process, or you will irritate the gums and
cause more harm than good. If your gums bleed and you are
frightened to work on them because you think you may
make the condition worse, seek the advice of a professional.
Bleeding gums can be a sign that there is disease still present.
However, with a gentle massage, the healing blood cells
generally will surface to start reversing the disease naturally.
Salt water and herbal rinses will help soothe any irritated tissue.
Also, start taking a multiple vitamin B complex daily
along with vitamin C. This will help in the natural healing
process of your gums. If you feel you are under a lot of stress
(which is a major cause of gum disease), take a multiple
vitamin with zinc. Keep the gum pockets clean and gently
floss. If you find that flossing is too hard at this point and
causes pain, then work only with oral rinses of herbs and
salt. In a few days, when your gums feel stronger, you can
return to flossing.
As your mouth continues to recover from the treatment it
received in the dental office, recognize that the foods you eat
after root planing should not be too hot or too cold. Think of
your gums as you would your skin: if you were to put ice or
a hot substance on your skin, you would then notice irritation.
The same condition can arise in your mouth. Another
important suggestion is to stay away from spices when you
are trying to heal your gum tissue. If you had a wound on
your hand, you would not apply spices to the surface of the
wound. The same applies to your gums. So it is best to eat
bland foods while your gums are healing.
Miso (Japanese soy) soup is very soothing to the gum tissue,
and you can feel the effects after drinking it. Avoid eating
fruit with a lot of vitamin C after gum treatments. While
the fruit may provide the proper nutrients to strengthen the
gum tissue, the acids from the juices that come in direct contact
with the gums may irritate the healing tissue. Juices that
are very acidic, such as orange or grapefruit, are not recommended
immediately after a cleaning. Biting into an orange
or other citrus fruit will irritate the gum tissue. Also, try to
stay away from hard nuts and candy. Candy and sugar turn
to acid in the mouth, and this will irritate the gum tissue.
After a few days, if you want orange juice, sip the juice
through a straw.
Such nurturing of the tissue will accelerate the reattachment
of the gum fibers to the tooth. The soreness and pain
should lessen with time. Pain in the gum tissue feels like a
dull ache and will diminish in a day or two after a professional
scaling and root planing. Healing is a natural process
that can be accelerated through the power of positive
thoughts. If you are confident and understand the natural process of healing that is taking place in your mouth, then
you will achieve faster results.
Follow these other guidelines:
• Sleep well: Sleep will allow the immune system to be
• Eat a proper diet: Food plays an important role in
healing the mouth and body.
• Use vitamin therapy: Vitamin B complex with C and
magnesium is helpful; always remember, diet is most
• Drink soothing liquids: Foods that heal include miso
soup and chicken soup.
• Rinse frequently: Sea salt and herbal rinses soothe the
gum tissue.
• Massage the gum tissue: Use an herbal toothpaste—
herbs soothe the gum tissue and nurture new cells.
• Oxygenate: Breathe deeply—take in lots of oxygen.
• Think positively: Mind over matter—the mind operates
the healing process.

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