Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on October 9, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
The health of our teeth and gums can serve as an indicator of our general health: inflamed or bleeding gums may be a sign of nutrient deficiencies such as vitamin C or essential fatty acids, or can indicate overall decreased immunity.
Gum Gold from NaturalWellbeing is a blend of natural antimicrobial herbs including Goldenseal and Coptis that help to reduce and kill the bacteria that cause plaque. These bacteria are tucked beneath the gum line (which is why flossing is important) and hidden deep in tooth crevices, where it is difficult for your brush to reach.
Plaque buildup irritates and inflames the gums (gingivitis), causing them to bleed and recede. Left unchecked, this can can lead to periodontitis which may eventually result in loss of the teeth along with infection of the deeper supportive structures, including the bones.
Gum Gold is excellent for helping to halt progression of periodontal disease. Along with antimicrobial herbs, it contains astringent herbs such as Bayberry and Myrrh Gum that help to ‘tighten’ puffy, swollen gums and decrease bleeding. In addition to its antimicrobial and astringent actions, Gum Gold increases saliva production; this helps to inhibit bacterial overgrowth by ‘washing away’ bacteria before they have a chance to accumulate.
For oral health, Gum Gold can be used as a daily mouthwash: 30-90 drops in a little water, once daily (swish around in your mouth vigorously after brushing and then discard and rinse mouth; do not swallow). For more acute or advanced problems, repeat 3 times per days or massage directly onto gums with a swab.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan