Periodontal (or gum) disease is a growing issue in the world today. In fact, new findings suggest that when it comes to bone loss, it is periodontal disease not osteoporosis) that takes the crown (and often literally). Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bones that surround the teeth. If left untreated, the illness could intensify to the point of bones rotting away and teeth falling out. Yet an estimated three quarters of the population are expected to deal with gum disease, and many don’t even know they have it. That’s 3 out of every 4 people! Scary to think about? Well, a recent study determined that a handy, natural aid for periodontal disease is readily available, and has been for some time: aloe vera.
The Department of Periodontics at Jaipur Dental College in India recently completed a study to determine the effects of aloe vera, a natural remedy, on the gum problems that result from this condition. Aloe, of course, has been medicinally used for centuries, even in cultures as old as Mesopotamia. If you check your bottle of body lotion, toothpaste or skin ointment, chances are you’ll find it listed among the ingredients. It’s been proven effective in skin care and pain relief.
The Department of Periodontics team concluded that aloe vera also leads to noticeable improvement in the inflammatory gums of tested patients. And Dr. Jill B. Smith, DMD has always recommended the use of aloe vera gel for sore gum tissue, as well as chamomile tea and clove oil. She also offers non-surgical services for periodontal therapy.
Dr. Jill B. Smith, DMD and her talented team at Dental Health and Wellness Boston want you to know what signs to look for when it comes to gum disease, so take note! According to The Mayo Clinic, symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bad Breath
- Pus between teeth
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Swollen gums
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Gums that are sore to the touch
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when biting
Now, if you see these symptoms, Dr. Smith urges you to request a visit with your regular dentist right away, or contact Dental Health and Wellness to book a new appointment. And for some great herbal products to boost the health of your gums and teeth, Dr. Jill B. Smith, DMD recommends these products from the Dental Herb Company.
So now you know what to do: load up on the aloe vera! You’ll be glad you did. Aching gums are not much fun.