It might be tempting to dismiss gum disease as a small problem, but evidence is mounting that gum health is important to your overall health. Gum disease has been linked to a number of systemic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. Taking good care of your gums means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting your dentist for regular checkups. YAnd with the right homeopathic remedies, you can promote gum health and treat gum disease.
How Homeopathic Remedies Work
Homeopathic remedies use very small amounts of a compound to treat conditions affecting the body. The compound selection is based on the symptoms a patient is exhibiting. A homeopath chooses a compound that would trigger similar symptoms if a person took it in large amounts. In an extremely diluted form, the homeopathic remedy is thought to relieve those same symptoms.
The success of homeopathic remedies varies from person to person, but because they are so diluted, they are very safe. Some people report great success with them, making them worth a try. Many homeopathic remedies help to relieve pain and inflammation and promote the healing of weak tissues. These are classic symptoms of gum disease, making homeopathic remedies one possible option for treating gum disease.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can become more serious if it isn’t properly treated. The symptoms of gingivitis include redness and swelling of the gums. The gums may also become more prone to bleeding.
For bleeding or swollen gums the Text Book of the Materia Medica, used by homeopaths to determine remedies, recommends treatment with mercurius vivus. Look for mercurius vivus with a potency of either 30x or 30cc. This is a remedy that has been diluted 30 times over and is very safe to try.
Periodontitis is a more serious form of gum disease. Bacteria from plaque work their way under the gums, leading to tissue loss and sometimes bone loss. An infection develops that triggers inflammation throughout the body. Ultimately periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
Mercurius vivus is recommended for treating periodontitis. In addition, natrum muriticum can also be helpful; it’s recommended for conditions where the gums bleed easily and the teeth begin to feel loose. Again, look for a 30x or 30cc preparation.
In the case of periodontitis, homeopathic remedies can be helpful, but you should also seek the help of a trained dental professional.