Unfortunately, gum disease is something that tends to be more common in diabetics. Left unchecked, this condition can lead to very uncomfortable and invasive treatments, usually conducted in surgical settings. Since, as a diabetic, you're constantly at the mercy of modern medicine, prodded, pricked and prescribed until you can barely take it anymore, why not take a natural approach to your gum problems? Taking the natural approach to reverse gum disease means taking control, and these treatments can be very effective, potentially stopping gum disease in its tracks and leaving you with a clean and healthy mouth.
What Is Plaque?
Plaque isn't just a slight film that develops in your mouth overnight, leading to morning breath and an unclean feeling on your teeth; it's a serious offender in contributing to decay and disease. Plaque is the food bacteria in your mouth feasts on, leaving behind a trail of erosive acid. These acids are what break down enamel, reaching all the way under the gum line to threaten the bones supporting your teeth. Beyond a bit of embarrassing bad breath, plaque is a danger to everyone, but most especially you, the diabetic.
Why Is Gum Disease More Common In Diabetics?
Blood vessels perform the very important function of delivering valuable nutrients to various parts of your body, including the gums, along with removing potentially dangerous waste, but because you're diabetic, your blood vessels likely have a tendency to thicken. This scenario sets you up for a greater risk of infection, as the blood vessels aren't able to strengthen and fortify your gums against infectious bacteria.
Unfortunately, many chronic conditions, such as diabetes, can leave patients statistically more vulnerable to oral health problems, including gum disease and even tooth loss, and while fighting plaque should be a priority for everyone, it's especially important to you.
What Are The Most Effective Ways To Reverse Gum Disease Naturally?
When infection from gum disease gets too far out of control, a patient is likely to need surgery. This may involve grafting, where one patch of gum is surgically removed from a healthy area and transferred to an unhealthy, exposed area, or you could need flap surgery, where a dental surgeon actually detaches your gums with a scalpel, then deep-cleans the infectious plaque directly before sewing your gums back together, forming a tight seal to close the gap where bacteria enter.
Of course, if you'd prefer to avoid either surgical method and optimally, if possible, take a more natural, but still effective route, you could try:
- Increasing your Vitamin C intake, as it helps your body defend itself against infectious invaders.
- Using toothpaste with tea tree oil as a natural antibacterial treatment can divert the course of gum disease; however, tea tree oil is very potent, so exercise caution when selecting your product.
- Oil pulling, where you swish an oil around your mouth, such as sunflower or coconut, may help reduce the toxins in your mouth, thereby fighting off the harmful bacteria.
- Rubbing the gums gently with scientifically proven antibacterial garlic cloves will combat the destructive germs working against you.
- Enjoying more fruits and vegetables gives you an abundance of powerful antioxidants, which directly fight plaque.
- Reducing your intake of starchy and sugary foods also helps empower your mouth, as well as being beneficial for your blood-glucose stability.
- Maintaining excellent oral health habits, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing after every meal, is one of your most effective strategies against gum disease.
Which Method Is Best For You?
While most people get to pick and choose their favorite methods of reversing gum disease naturally, you, as a diabetic, need to be picky. For example, the use of mouthwash has been connected to an increase risk of diabetes; thus, asking your physician about a suitable product for you is in order. Also, depending on how precarious your blood-glucose balance is, any change to your diet could affect your efforts at regulation, even the positive changes you make to improve your oral health. As a diabetic, you need to look at the big picture and analyze how each small change you make may impact your diabetic health and run anything that could be risky by your physician, first.
Any extra steps you need to take to fight gum disease will be worth your time and energy, because periodontitis can be so devastating, especially to diabetics. Don't think you're helpless to take a stand against gum disease, and don't skimp on your oral health routine, ever. Hopefully, this will be one aspect of your health where you can avoid the perils of modern medicine and keep treatment natural, comfortable, and non-invasive.