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Q: My gums bleed when I brush my teeth, except right after a visit to the dentist. What would you recommend I do? Can you offer some advice for treating gum disease?


A: Bleeding gums can be caused by a bioflavonoid deficiency. You can help by taking bioflavonoids in supplemental form and eating fruits, like oranges, that are rich in bioflavonoids. Massaging the gums with tonic oil consisting of wintergreen oil, eucalyptus, and peppermint can also be helpful.

When you go to the dentist, they do an excellent job of cleaning your teeth and gums. However, the root cause of your bleeding gums lies within your body. A healthy diet and adequate rest is important for you. Keep stress levels at a minimum. Drink at least 60 ounces of room temperature pure water daily.

When you go to the dentist, they do an excellent job of cleaning your teeth and gums. However, the root cause of your bleeding gums lies within your body. A healthy diet and adequate rest is important for you. Keep stress levels at a minimum. Drink at least 60 ounces of room temperature pure water daily.

Periodontal disease begins with gum inflammation and progresses to pockets of infection, bone loss, and loosening of the teeth. It is present in 90% of individuals over the age of 65.

The best treatment for gum disease is prevention, which includes regular flossing, using mouthwash that contains extracts of the herb thyme (such as thymol, found in Listerine), and using special tooth brushing appliances that help you reach all areas of your mouth. It has also been suggested that cranberry juice might be useful for treating or preventing gum disease.


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