Herbal Remedies for Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection and inflammation of the tissue that supports and surrounds the teeth--gums, membranes, and the underlying bone. It is the most common cause of tooth loss, especially among the elderly, and is often brought about by poor hygeine, the consumption of simple sugars, and poor nutrition. Advanced cases with sore and inflamed gums and loose teeth require the help of an experienced dental hygeinist and dentist, preferably one that treats the whole patient rather than just the teeth.

Besides proper flossing, brushing, and rinsing (with salt water) frequently, there are a number of herbs that can help eliminate the inflammation and infection. If there is adrenal or immune weakness present, tonify these systems. For acute infections, plantain poultices with drops of echinacea tincture applied can work miracles. Make a small poultice with a piece of gauze and insert into the mouth next to the infection or abscess. It is best to leave it in overnight when possible, removing it in the morning and rinsing with salt water or an herbal preparation. Other supportive herbs include anti-inflammatories, antimicrobials, and gum-strengthening and tightening astringent. During the healing process for the gums and bone, add 2 grams of vitamin C (bound with magnesium and calcium--calcium ascorbate).

Herbs Used To Treat Periodontal Disease

HerbTreatment SupportApplication
Bloodrootantiseptictincture diluted as a wash
Myrrhastringenttincture diulted as a wash
Plantainanti-infection, antimicrobialfresh leaf poultice
Rhatanyastringent, gum strentheningtincture
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