Last Modified on Jul 03, 2014
How to Cure Gum Disease Naturally
Gum disease or periodontitis is a gum infection that breaks down the tissue of the gums that support the teeth, and can result in tooth loss. Periodontitis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene habits, and risk can be greatly reduced by daily brushing and flossing. Brushing your teeth removes plaque, which is composed of bacteria, starch, and sugar. When plaque builds up it can harden into tartar, usually requiring a professional to remove, which makes it easier for more plaque to build up and cause inflammation and damage to the gums. Damaged gums will cause pockets to form between the teeth and gums that get filled with more plaque; this is the earliest form of gum disease, known as gingivitis. Gum disease is also associated with greater risk of heart attack and stroke!
Symptoms of gum disease include swollen, bright red or purple gums that can feel sensitive to touch, bad breath, spaces or gaps between teeth and gums, loose teeth, and sometimes a bad taste in the mouth.
Home Remedies for Gum Disease
On this page you can find a number of user-submitted natural cures for gum disease. Some of our more popular treatments for gum disease include hydrogen peroxide, oil pulling, turmeric, baking soda, bee propolis, and a whole lot more. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat gum disease. Know of a remedy not listed here, please feel free to share your story with us.
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Activated Charcoal
- Advanced Gum Disease Remedies
- Aloe Vera
- Antibiotics - Natural
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Avoid Electric Toothbrush
- Avoid Fluoride in Water and Toothpaste
- Baking Soda
- Bee Propolis
- Bee Propolis, Coq10, Oil Pulling
- Co Q10
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Oregano Oil, Hydrogen Peroxide
- General Feedback
- Goldenseal and Cayenne
- Hard Palate
- Healthy Gums
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Itchy Gums
- Multiple Remedies
- Mustard Oil and Salt
- Myrhh Oil
- Oil Pulling
- Oil Pulling, Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Oil Pulling, Hydrogen Peroxide, Bee Propolis
- Oregano Oil
- Oregano Oil and DMSO
- Over the Counter
- Ozonated Olive Oil
- Propolis and Oil Pulling
- Raw Betel Nuts
- Remedies Needed
- Robert's Tooth Powder Formula
- Shake With Brewer's Yeast and Lecithin
- Silica Toothpaste
- Vitamin C, Zinc Lozenges
- Water Pik, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Hydrogen Peroxide
[YEA] 06/05/2008: Yasha from Oslo, Norway: "re: gum disease, bad breath and burning mouth syndrome: I have been suffering for gum disease and bad breath for the passed few years. I brushed my teeth nearly everytime i eat to avoid bad breath, change toothbrush twice a month, used Corsodyl very often, chewed chewing gums almost every hour, used toothpicks. But all this didn't really help me quit the bad taste in my mouth. It has been so frustrating. But thanks God for charcoal powder. Now the bad breath and burning mouth is gone. I could talk properly without having to worry with my breathy. Really thankful for this remedy."Replies
02/11/2011: Karl from Vienna, Vienna, Austria replies: "Did you ingest it or swish it in your mouth. How long did you use it and what dose?
01/07/2012: Yasmin from Toronto, Canada replies: "Heard of this too... An old african remedy it was... U take the charcoal powder and brush your teeth with it... Suppose to deep clean your teeth and make your gums healthier. Not suppose to swallow it though."
05/12/2014: Adam from Melbourne replies: "Can I grind the charcoal tablets and brush my teeth with it?"
05/12/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee replies: "Dear Adam,
You should be able to grind up the charcoal tablets to use to brush your teeth. However, in the long run, it might be easier to juts get some of the powder. Also, you might check the ingredients. Some tablets have sugar in them. You might not want to be using that to brush your teeth.
Let us know how charcoal brushing goes for you!
~Mama to Many~"
11/20/2013: Kay from Jax, Fl, Usa: "I have been reading all the posts for Gum disease. I am going out today to purchase Aloe Vera Gel and Juice and the Bee Propolis, assuming I can find it.
I have to admit I have not been the best dental patient. Have had Gingivitis off and on for years. However, now, it has advanced to beyond this stage and I recently visited a Peridentist who stated all the my teeth are loose and the gum disease is so advanced that I should have all of them extracted and wear dentures. I am over 60 yrs old and I guess he figures this is the least expensive way since I do not have any dental insurance. Has anyone on this forum been told this and found a remedy? I know there really isn't much to replace bone loss? The dentist asked me if I took meds for bone loss and I assured him I don't take many meds at all. I actually read somewhere that Chloresteral meds were bad for dental gums. I take a lot of vitamins including CQ10 and have never been a smoker. Any answers would be really appreciated. I really don't want to loose my teeth but this may happen."
[YEA] 02/26/2013: Joyce from Lansdowne, Pa: "I was flossing regularly, brushing with baking soda, rinsing with peroxide but two weeks ago my gum started to bleed profusely at one particular spot. I could not understand why this was happening. Someone told me about aloe vera for gum health. I had some aloe vera gel at home and I started to brush with the gel and toothpaste for sensitive teeth. I also got a mouthwash with the aloe vera as the main ingredient and started to use that since last Friday. Today is Tuesday and the bleeding is significantly less. I also did a reasearch on aloe vera and gum health and found out that it helps to keep the mouth and gums healthy. I am going to continue to use this method for my mouth care. I have also started to drink aloe vera juice as I has many health benefits."Replies
02/27/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Vit-E plus CoQ10/Ubiquinol are also recommended for gum disease."
07/19/2013: Kelvin from Forest Park, illinois: "Are there any household like or not hard to find natural antibiotics?"Replies
07/19/2013: Mama To Many from Middle, Tennessee, USA replies: "Dear Kelvin, Here are some ideas for your gum/tooth disease that should not be hard to find. One time I had pain and bleeding gums (very unusual for me) and I mixed equal parts of cayenne pepper and goldenseal powder. I brushed my teeth with these a few times during the day and before bed. I was 100% better the next day. Cayenne alone might do the trick if that is all you have on hand. Or, you could mix cayenne and garlic powder as garlic is a wonderful antibiotic. This is going to be spicy and not taste great, but it is cheap and effective! Lalitha Thomas would add myrrh powder to the cayenne and goldenseal, but I didn't have that on hand when I had my gum infection. (She wrote Ten Essential Herbs, a book I love to refer to!)
Clove powder is also great for mouth infections. You could mix that with the cayenne. It also helps with the pain. Brush the teeth with whatever you do every couple of hours the first day. If you see improvement, brush every 4 hours. Keep up the brushing with the powder at least once a day after improvement for several days to prevent it from returning.
If your mouth infection is really bad, you can take 1 clove of crushed fresh garlic internally 4x a day, in addition to the brushing. This is a wonderful and very effective natural antibiotic.
Activated charcoal powder or tablets can be used for mouth infections. You can brush with the powder or you can put the tablet against the infected area.
Thyme and sage (the spices in your cabinet) can be combined, a pinch each, and put into a small bit of paper towel or coffee filter and used as a poultice against the infected area. I have used this to heal canker sores very quickly.
Drinking lots of water is helpful to flush infection out of the body. Avoiding sugar and soda at this time would probably be very helpful.
Let us know what helps you!! I hope you find relief soon.
~Mama to Many~"
07/19/2013: Mike Giller from Denver, Colorado replies: "Put 5 grams of borax and 1 gram of water soluable humic acid in a quart of water. Rinse several times a day, especially after eating, like mouth wash. 1 quart lasts several days. You should get approximately 80% relief. The remedy won't hurt you so either let dissolve through the gums or swallow after finished. Both ingredients are good for the body."
[YEA] 10/23/2008: Dee from Arkansas, USA: "I have had lot and lots of trouble with my stomach and teeth and gums, cracked heels and alot of other things, so one day I was reading about all the healthful benifits of ACV and about a week ago I started taking it, 2tsps in an 8 oz glass of water 3x a day and I right away felt the difference and seen the difference in my complextion, and even in my gums they are not swollen and they are actually clearing up, my mouth feels much better now. I just tough it out and take it with water, it isn't really that bad after you get use to it, shoot with all the health benefits I think I can handle the taste. Anyway I am so glad I started drinking it, now my husband is drinking it to, he just started we shall see how he does with it, he has high blood pressure I am hoping it will help him with that. Anyway just wanted to put my two cents in about the amazing apple cider vinegar."
[YEA] 04/03/2007: Martin from Canoga Park, California: "I'm a health writer and get a lot of good tip from docs. One of my favorite, and that I try to get my grandkids to follow, is a simple mouth cleaning with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. According to the dental experts I have interviewed, the two generate a powerful 1-2 knockout punch against many of the bad bacterial that cause caries and gum disease. Here's how to do it: brush after each meal (if possible) with baking soda. Try to gently work the baking soda into the gum tissue where it meets the teeth. Don't rinse. Baking soda is a huge killer of bacteria. Then follow up right away with a swig of apple cider vinegar. You will experience a "poof" in your mouth--the result of the acidic vinegar reacting with the alkaline baking soda. This combination has helped me keep a chronic gum disease situation under control. I wish I had known about it 40 years ago when my gum problems started. You can chuck all your toothpaste tubes. There's nothing as good as this combo, my dentist sources tell me, and they are super experts. Good luck."Replies
01/06/2013: Ryan from Nyc, New York replies: "I wouldn't do this. ACV or any vinegar are acidic.
You can just using hydrogen peroxide at 3% concentration to kill all bacteria after brushing and flossing."
07/02/2014: Raphael from Boston, MA replies: "If worrying about the vinegar, you can wait 10-15 mins then rinse out with water."
[YEA] 03/23/2010: Maryann from Springfield, Ma: "Receding Gumline
I love this site!!! And I love Ted's cures!! I wanted to add something that I haven't seen mentioned...a retired dentist told me this about receding gums...something no one ever told me at the Dental Office ($$) that I go to...he said DON'T use an electric toothbrush, it is too rough on the delicate gumline, he said use a soft toothbrush and only brush down on your upper teeth and only brush up on your lower teeth. He said if you brush up and down you force food particles into your already sick gumline! DUH!! What a genius! It made perfect sense to me. I have been doing this for about 6 months and my gums are so much better. It is very hard to break the old scrubbing habit though! and then I think of all the money I wasted on the electric toothbrush that the dental office sold me! Just started oil pulling too. Did I say---I love this site!!"
[YEA] 05/27/2007: Renee from El Dorado, Kansas: "I've had gum disease for about 20 years even though my dental hygene is good. Nothing helped. All of my molars are now loose.
Anyway, for years the gums around several of these now loose teeth became inflamed and it felt as if my teeth were rotting from the inside out. I also had constant pain and swelling in my neck glands and ear pain on the inflamed side.
Several months ago I became aware of fluoride being a poison and ceased drinking fluroidated water and my tooth paste is now baking soda and water or peroxide.
All the pain and inflamation as went away. There have been two times I was out of baking soda and brushed my teeth with regular tooth paste and within several hours all the old symptions returned."Replies
02/12/2009: Rich from Boca Raton, Fl replies: "As for the fluoride, apparently 30% of americans have some dental fluorosis. Gum disease is very common as well. I suspect Fluoride may not be so good for dental stem cells. Iodine displaces fluoride, and seems to be a nice treatment for gum disease.
Providone Iodine and baking soda seems like a nice treatment... the fda approved treatment is chlorhexadine, but this may stain teeth. Here are a couple of medical articles and a patent discussing this remedy.
DENTAL CONSUMERS' PERIODONTAL DISEASE SELF TREATMENT REGIMEN
TREATMENT OF MOUTH AND URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
Povidone-iodine as a periodontal pocket disinfectant
[YEA] 02/25/2013: Lkforster from Olympia, Wa: "Until a few years ago, I never had a single problem with my teeth or gums... Then, after a particularly nasty sinus infection, I began experiencing swelling and soreness in my upper right gumline. According to my dentist, I just needed to brush well and floss regularly-both things I was already doing, and my gums have only gotten worse. For example, I used to have to work floss up into my gumline in order to clean them properly-now, I can easily fit a gum pick into the spaces between my teeth, yet they don't feel as clean. Maybe I overdo it? Anyway, I have had success with other remedies from Earth Clinic, so decided to try Baking Soda for my gums after an especially sore week... Big difference! Instead of the throbbing at the end of the day, which I had become accustomed to, my gums feel like they used to. They also seem to feel a bit more "filled in", for lack of a better term... Not as roomy between my teeth at the gumline, and they don't seem as sensitive when I use floss now. I am following a simple plan that another reviewer suggested-a heaping tablespoon of baking soda, diluted with a small amount of water, swishing in the mouth for a minute, and not rinsing afterward. I am doing this after my morning brush and before bed. Very easy remedy, so I will be curious to see what my dentist thinks when I see him next. Thank you Earth Clinic!"
[YEA] 11/06/2007: Iris from London, Canada: "I have braces which means food gets trapped really easily but it is difficult to floss. As a result I have inflammed gums, which often bleed, despite brushing after every meal. ' Now I use a HUGE scoop of baking soda in a sip of water (so its like a runny paste) and swished it around in my mouth for a couple of minutes. My swollen gums went back to normal imediatly after and have stopped bleeding. It leaves a salty taste in my mouth but I avoid rinsing after the baking soda."Replies
[YEA] 03/03/2012: Jilbert57 from Brinnon, Wa, Usa replies: "Thank you for the baking soda tip. I have had a gum inflammation between two back molars and flossing and brushing hurts. Last night before bed I brushed my teeth and then took baking soda and water and swished it around and spit it out but did not rinse. I really can't believe that this morning my gum is normal. No ache, no swelling, I really can't believe it."
[YEA] 07/31/2012: Honeybear from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Thanks for posting this. I had a flare up with swollen gums around my back right molar which seemed to make it difficult to chew at all. I have been very worried. Throughout the day yesterday I oil pulled with sunflower oil (2xs) and that began to bring it down and then once I read about the baking soda and water I tried that, swished it around and spit it out without rinsing and it seems to have worked like a charm. My mouth felt a lot better this morning. I will likely do it again today to get the inflammation down but all in all the pain has subsided too. Many many thanks!!!"
11/14/2012: Francine from Houston, Tx replies: "@ work & reading the site regarding Baking soda for inflammed gums. Also I am trying the baking soda mouth rinse so hope it does work. Pleas HoneyBear- I hope it help me. Cheers."
[YEA] 03/31/2007: Tammie from Prairieville, Louisiana: "My gums had started receding so bad that I could see a space between my two front teeth at the gum line, then I read that bee propolis can actually help the gum tissue to grow back, and it really works. No more space between my teeth.
Bee propolis also reduces fever, helps sore throat, canker sores, fever blisters and heals stomach ulcers and just about anything else you use it on."Replies
07/27/2008: Garry from Sacramento, California replies: "Can you tell us how you use and apply the bee propolis?"
07/29/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "To Gary who inquired about bee propolis: Hi Gary, I believe that bee propolis is taken internally, not applied, and the container should have recommendation on how much to take."
07/29/2008: Teresa from Kenedy, Texas replies: "Bee Propolis can be used as a liquid bandaid on wounds, I have experienced propolis to help wounds heal faster and take the redness out and be very soothing on open wounds, burns etc.. I also apply tincture of propolis to my gums when they are irritated and plan on using it daily to prevent further infections, here is a website that explains more about propolis. http://www.draperbee.com/info/propolis.htmetc. The Properties of Propolis Propolis is another medicinal marvel from the beehive. Research shows it offers antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and even antiviral properties. Propolis is Nature's premiere preventive. It is so powerful in action, it is often called Russian penicillin in acknowledgement of the extensive research the Russians have mounted on this wonder worker from the bees. Propolis demonstrates strong antimicrobial properties against various bacterial and fungal infestations. Even streptococcus bacteria have been shown sensitive to propolis."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/03/2008: CECI from SONORA, CALIFORNIA replies: "BEE PROPOLIS TINCTURE......I BOUGHT IT A THE HEALTH FOOD STORE ..CAME HOME AND APPLIED IT TO MY GUMS SO IT COULD WORK AT NIGHT.....YIKES!!!!IT TURNED MY TEETH DARK BROWN WITH THE STICKY STUFF AND WAS HARD TO GET OFF....MY TEETH LOOKED LIKE A HALLOWEEN WITCH!!!
DID I GET THE WRONG KIND? PLEASE RESPOND AND ADVISE ME..I WOULD APPRECIATE IT....THANKS"
11/08/2008: Gigi from Palm Coast, Florida USA replies: "Hi Ceci. I encountered the same problem. It isn't pretty, is it? Anyway, the solution is pretty simple. I had gotten a 50% strength B. Propolis and that's why it was so sticky. I purchased a 30% one and it was fine. Hope this helps and good luck! Gigi"
02/12/2009: Nina from Tallahassee, Florida replies: "The proper way to use this for treatment of gum disease and recession would be to brush with regular toothpaste, floss and mouthwash, THEN, apply the bee propolis at night and wash it off in the morning when you brush you teeth? I've heard so much great things about bee propolis and I an excited to try it...once I can find it at the store. Thank you for this great remedy!"
03/21/2009: Vicki from Tallahassee, FL replies: "I was wondering if Nina from Tallahassee was able to find bee propolis? I too am anxious to try it for my gums -- my dentist has referred me to a periodontist, but I can't afford it and am looking for alternatives. The propolis seems to be something that could actually turn my gum disese around. I found some Royal Jelly at our local health food store which contains propolis. I'm using it, but don't know if it's doing any good. I've got several sensitive teeth and the Royal Jelly really hurts when it hits those sensitive spots! Any suggestions on where I might get pure bee propolis? I read the post where it was suggested to use a "30%" propolis -- can I order from the internet?
Thanks so much for this site -- I've turned my whole family on to it and all are reporting success with the remedies they've tried! It's my new "daily read."
03/22/2009: Maureen from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada replies: "I would like to know if anyone that used Bee Propolis with success did Oil Pulling after their gum was healed? Did the Oil Pulling affect the healed gum? As I mentioned in a previous post unrelated to this one. I had "Guided Tissue Regeneration" surgery done in December 2004 above 2 teeth. I came across Earth Clinic in January 2008 and decided to gargle/pull with Hydrogen Peroxide a couple of times before I learned about Oil Pulling. I am not sure how long I was Oil Pulling before I discovered the area that had the surgery done was completely clean, not a good thing for me in this case as the procedure costs just over $2,000. I imagine the Hydrogen Peroxide cleaned my gum but the Oil Pulling might have done the same thing. The dentist was after me to consider having an "Osseous, Allograft" done which is now a type of bone graft. I do not want to get it done because I want to continue Oil Pulling and believe it will wipe the gum clean again. Any comments/suggestions would be appreciated."
04/02/2009: Nina from Tallahassee, FL replies: "Hello Vicki from Tallahassee, I didn't know what stores to find bee propolis so I went online and got mine from Club Natural. I used 25% instead of 30% extract since I couldn't find 30% anywhere. I started using it on the 25th of March every night. Like, you I do have sensitive teeth from where my gum had recessed. And it seemed to me like when I put it on it stings a bit where I had bum recession. It seemed too early to see if there's any results.
It would be great if any one had tried it and if indeed, cured their gum disease (stopped bone loss, regrow gum, erase sensivity) and how long it took to show results.
04/18/2009: Vicki from Tallahassee, FL replies: "Hello Nina from Tallahassee -- thanks for responding. I went to New Leaf and special ordered the propolis, but haven't got it yet. I ordered the 30%. Hopefully it will help -- at least enough to keep me out of the periodontist's office! I've been oil pulling with Sesame Oil once in the mornings for 10-15 minutes -- have been doing this fairly consistently for about a month now and I've noticed my teeth are whiter and not so sensitive. I also take ACV morning & night - 2 Tbls - and chase it with Mona Vie acai berry juice - 2 oz - and WOW what a kick that is! I have a lot more energy and focus and just generally feel better. I will post again once I've given the propolis a go -- I'm keeping my fingers crossed!"
05/15/2009: Sarah1of4 from Belfast, Northern Ireland replies: "hey, iv got a gum infection at the minute and have just been resarching about natural remedies tonight. im gona give bee propolis a try and was able to buy 30ml of the liquid off ebay, theres loads there. also i was looking at white oak bark, or something similar, they also sell that on ebay, unfortunatly for me they only hav it in the usa and im in ireland, but you could give that a try?
05/16/2009: Tavora from Brooklyn, NY replies: "You could also try rinsing your mouth w/ Oil of Oregano and water - 3 drops in 4-6 ounces. I cleared up or (kept at bay) a potential infection around the gum of a root canal cap/crown and after rinsing and also brushing my teeth with baking soda - the reddish appearance of the gum started to subside and now looks much healthier and cleaner. Believe it or not - oil pulling has also helped strengthen and (could it be true?) re-grow my receding gum line. Best of luck!"
05/17/2009: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "Tammie could you specify how you take it? Rub on gums or ingest? thanks!"
[YEA] 01/01/2010: Vicki from Tallahassee, Fl replies: "After 8 months of using bee propolis for my periodontal issues I am happy to report that it is working -- very well! When I first posted back in March 2009, my dentist had referred me to a periodontist for treatment. I chose to try other avenues before spending a fortune for gum treatments and was able to purchase bee propolis through my local health co-op. I've been using one dropper-full of 30% bee propolis every night at bed time, however, over time I found that skipping a night or two from time to time is actually beneficial. Anyway, I swish the propolis through my teeth and gums for several mintues and then swallow. I had a dental check-up in November 2009 and my hygentist asked if I had gone to the periodontist -- I told her no. She then asked what I had been doing because my receding gums were no longer receding (having actually grown back!!) and my gums were healthy and pink! I told her about this site and about the propolis and she got very excited! She then called the dentist in to look at my progress and even HE was excited about the propolis (and requested the website address as well) and told me to keep doing what I'm doing. Now, I am a smoker -- not heavy, about a half pack a day -- but, of course the smoking adds to the gum issues. In spite of my continued tobacco use, my gums still improved dramatically. While I was told that this would probably not do anything for the bone loss associcated with periodontal disease, I haven't had any x-rays to verify this. I continue, however, to seek out bone loss remedies."
01/03/2010: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "great information! thanks! Propolis is a great winter remedy as well...for sore throats etc."
01/07/2010: Anna from London, England replies: "Question: I read about other people's experiences with bee propolis tincture 30% on gums and I wanted to try it, but I have a bit of an odd question. I despise the taste of honey. I know I won't be stick with the propolis if it tastes the same. What does bee propolis taste like? Thanks!"
01/10/2010: Sunny from Bellingham, Wa Usa replies: "Anna from London asks if Propolis tastes like honey because she dislikes the taste of honey. I'm using it for abscessed gums (along with all the other wonderful suggestions from Earth Clinic - you've been my 'doctor ' for years - thank you for offering such a fabulous resource!) In any event,the taste of Bee Propolis tastes NOTHING like honey. It is bee harvested tree resin. I purchased a liquid herbal extract and have been drinking 34-40 drops in a small amount of water. Just now I used it full-strength and swished it around for a few minutes before swollowing it. Wow! Way to go imho."
01/12/2010: Linda from New York, Ny replies: "I just started using bee propolis this weekend. First, couple drops to see if I'm allergic, I don't think I am but just checking. Then half a dropful one night then for 2 nights I've had a full dropful. I've had gum recession but noticed it much more when I went to the dentist in recent months for a cleanup. No doubt the gadget the dentist used scraped away some gum tissue. Here's to hope for gum regrowth. Propolis does not taste like honey at all. I got mine at VitamineShoppe with organic bee farm no alcohol, picture says 30% and bottle label doesn't say 25% or 30%."
[YEA] 01/23/2010: Anna from London, England replies: "I bought bee propolis tincture at 10% concentration, (made in switzerland), that's what I found at my health food store. Before bed I now do the following: I pour a few drops of the tincture into the lid. I dip the special toothpick that my dental hygenist recommended into the tincture as I clean my teeth. Then I dip a q-tip in the propolis in the lid and paint my gums. When I wake up in the morning, my gums are completely pink!! They are pinkish during the day. Before I started, they were bright red.
I am also oil pulling. I can feel the difference on my teeth. They constantly feel like I've just had them cleaned, instead of feeling furry like they usually do.
In a few months I'll go back to the dentist and see if I still have periodontal pockets. In the meantime, the results seem positive."
04/13/2010: Chris from Tuckerton, Nj replies: "I was just sold "Extract Propolis" at a local health food store and then noticed the words 'honey paste' on the jar when I got it home. I bought it thinking that I would apply it to my gums but now I am worried that applying it would be a bad idea as it contains 4 grams of sugar per 1/2 teaspoon. There is no percentage given but the serving size is 5 grams and each serving contains 200 mg extract (96% honey?!). Has anyone tried such a paste and if so what were your results?"
07/02/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I don't know if this might help but have you tried to do OP with a drop of clove oil? I tried it when I had an infection and it worked a lot better than the mouth wash the doctor had prescribed. You can try with coconut oil or some other oil. I used walnut oil. Since I do OP I feel that my gums are a lot healthier and when I finish the walnut oil I am going to try coconut oil."
07/02/2010: Lari from New York, NY replies: "Does it matter what specifically is causing the gum recession? My gums do not bleed, so it's either brushing too hard or genetics. My teeth have shifted and there are now spaces between them. Any update on those who tried it? Did it regrow your gums? If so, how much regrew and how long did it take?
Thank you in advance!!"
04/28/2011: Ana from Atlanta, Ga replies: "hello I was just reading all of this wonderful information of bee propolis and I was just wondering, since I can't seem to find any 30% anywhere is it safe to use the 50%? and also they have either alcohol free or water based and I was wondering which one I should get. Thanks"
10/02/2011: Yana from Glens Falls, Ny replies: "I see a lot of people here use propolis tincture for the gums. I tried that but the taste is extremely bitter and I'm worried about alcohol (sugars in alcohol) damaging tooth enamel, so I purchased PURE propolis powder. It only contains 5% maltodextrin to prevent too much clumping, so the rest 95% is propolis (not 30% like in liquid tinctures). I take a little chunk of it (approx. Size of chewing gum) and put it under my tongue overnight. It turns sticky when wet, but not drastically. As long as it's not touching teeth, it's fine and removes easily. When I wake up, I swallow what wasn't dissolved with saliva overnight (so it serves as taking propolis as a supplement as well). I have only been doing it for a week or so, but I started because I had a sore on my gum and it was gone overnight! I also get a lot fresher taste in my mouth in the mourning, like there's less bacteria building up overnight...
I am planning on having this routing to help me with gum recession, so I might post later with results on that..."
04/28/2012: "I recently noted a gap in my front teeth, I went to the dentist and was advised I have periodontal disease & lost 50% of bone tissue. My teeth have always been my pride and joy. I am devasted. I have been to the dental hygentist twice now and going back in 3 weeks to see how things are progressing. Meanwhile I came across this site. I am from New Zealand and when I went to the health food store they had capsules, mouthwash or toothpaste. I purchased the bee propolis toothpaste and will keep you all posted. Has anyone tried the toothpaste I would appreciate any and all feedback."
[YEA] 05/20/2012: Smcgoff from San Antonio, Texas, United States replies: "I stumbled on this site at first after I noticed a purple area on under my front teeth bottom row of gums. My teeth had been hurting to the point I thought it was an ear ache and it just really sucked. Noticed a hole beggining in both left and right side molar region on 2 teeth. Searched through here looking for remedys and I cant lie I thought this stuff was a joke just straight bull shit. Since I didnt have dental though I decided to give it a shot and see whats up.
I started mouth washing with hydrogen peroxide and upped it to Bee propolis the paste rubbing it on my gums at night before bed. Ive been doing the hydrogen now for about 4 days and the B for about 3. I also began oil pulling with coconut oil yesterday.
My dark purple spot is no longer purple. It has became a healthy shade of pink, not all the way pink still a lil dark but from a dark purple to a allmost 1 shade away from being perfect pink. My teeth are still bothering me but only when I get something near the hole other then that I am cool. The benefits to my mouth are tremendous and I also no longer experience bad breath. To top that off, I am in the midst of losing weight, I currently weigh 340 and have not jogged since maybe march or february. I have begun jogging and walking again and noticed that I was about to jog a half mile with no problem (minus my ankles I believe new shoes are in order as well as proper stretching as ive fractured both in my younger days). I havent jogged a half mile since I was 240 and going into the military.
One more thing to mention, I woke up yesterday with a big fat red pimple corner of my mouth, applied the B propolis to it in the morning it shrank by afternoon barely visible, applied some more later that evening, and it is gone as of this time. Less than 24 hours for it to go.
Definately some beneficial things here that I am going to continue to read and look at. To all those who are skeptical of things like this I encourage you to try it because it is doing something."
05/24/2012: Rachel from Napier, New Zealand replies: "Update. I went back to my hygienist after 5 weeks, of using bee propolis, q10, ratania mouthwash and oil pulling. The dentist said there has been a cosiderable improvement in my gum health. I didn't tell her what I had been doing but she was pleased. She said if I continue on this way, instead of needed to see me every 4 weeks, we could get to the stage of twice a year. I am so pleased, although as I have been doing so much I am unsure as to what is working. However, no change to the gap in my front teeth at this point. But I found this site - a life saver"
[YEA] 06/02/2012: Rich from Springfield, MA: "I was very worried that I had gum disease so I began to research and I came across this site. I read all the reviews and settled on the remedies of BEE PROPOLIS, CoQ10, and Oil Pulling. A week later and my teeth/gums/mouth have never felt better. I really didn't think it was going to work at first and figured I would have to tell my family and go to the doctor/dentist. The first thing I do when I wake up is swish around a teaspoon of sesame oil for 20 min in my mouth. I then brush my teeth, floss, and rinse my mouth with mouthwash. I take the CoQ10 on an empty stomach before I eat breakfast. I try to drink a lot of water and chew sugar free gum as much as I can during the day. At night I repeat the brush, floss, and rinse. And when I am done I apply the bee propolis. After a week I have noticed the difference. The space between my teeth and gum are becoming tighter. My gums are changing from a dark red/purple to a regular red/pink. My teeth no longer feel like they are going to fall out. And most importantly I have no sores or cuts around my mouth. I think this remedy saved my mouth from gum disease and saved me from the embarassment. If you are worried or just want something different try these 3 things."Replies
04/03/2014: Mvangelis from New York, NY replies: "What brand of bee propolis are you using? can anyone recommend a truly effective brand? (or extract %) thank you!"
[YEA] 01/28/2008: heather from pagosa springs, co: "I put Bloodroot in my herbal mouthwash. It feels wonderful on your gums. I have heard it is also good for gingivitis."
[YEA] 12/10/2009: Alice from Wiesbaden, Germany: "Hello All,
I just would like to share with you an information I recently found on the internet. I am frequently suffering from inflamed and receding gums. I have started to use plain powdered cayenne for toothbrushing about two weeks ago. For me it works wonders as the gums are getting firmer each day and they look now healthy pink instead of dark red. Yes it will burn for a couple of minutes but the results are really convincing. Just do the oilpulling after brushing your teeth and the burning will subside very fast as the oil seems to take it away. Furthermore you will experience no more bad breath in the morning. I hope, this will help somebody else too.
Thank you earthclinic for the great website!
08/16/2011: Emerald from Westford, Ma/united States replies: "Has this been working for you? I am going to start the Cayenne Pepper, Baking Soda, Oil Pulling (Sesame Seed), Bee Propolis, and better flossing in my new regimen because the dentist pulled my gums from my teeth and they are not reattaching that quickly. I want to know if your gums are still as beautiful!"
02/20/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia : "Anyone with gum disease or bleeding gums should seriously look at coQ10. It is even used in the US and Japan to treat the problem. Gum disease can be a precurser to heart disease and actually be a deficiency of coQ10. Low coQ10 is a major factor in heart problems.
From an article I have linked to:
"A study by Dr. Edward Wilkinson of the Wilford Hall US Air Force Medical Center, discovered that people with diseased gums had an unusually large deficiency of CoQ10. Remarkably, once patients with diseased gums were supplemented with CoQ10, the gum conditions actually reversed. This became the benchmark study, which led to more researches and discoveries about the benefits of CoQ10.
Wilkinson, a pioneer in periodontal studies of CoQ10, handled some of the worst case histories of patients whose damage from periodontal disease seemed irreversible. One of them involved a woman whose gum disease extended throughout her mouth and the mucous membrane of her nose and throat. Even eating became a torment. She was deemed a hopeless case.
Wilkinson decided to try her on 60 milligrams of CoQ10 per day. After only two weeks of continuous CoQ10 supplementation, the patient was able to eat normally again and her overall condition significantly improved. CoQ10 enabled patients to overcome or reverse their gum disease, even in its worst state."
02/20/2012: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Very interesting Debbie from Australia.... Thank you for sharing. I just started taking 100mg CoQ10 a few days ago for other reasons. I will be sure to see if my gums look any better / different and report back. They are not "bad' but there is one area that seems like it is not happy (located by a tooth that was filled to the gum line last year with a mercury filling - argh! )
Good information, much appreciated!
PS: Also re gums.... Lots of vitamin C is a huge help also. I usually take 2,000 mg a day, divided into two 1,000 mg doses. When I don't take it for a week or so, my gums bleed, and I bruise easier than usual."
02/21/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "And w/ the production and competition up, the price of CoQ10 has once again become somewhat affordable for the most of us. No doubt using CoQ10 on a regular basis for several yrs has helped me in the gum dept. Also CoQ10 is one of the best heart nutrients; as little as 30mg day can benefit heart health. As one ages this critical nutrient diminishes so it is very important to up the dosage to the tune of 100mg 2X day for the 50's plus members; and ubiquinone 50-100mg 2X day for the 70's plus members. Be sure to take Selenium and Vit-E w/ CoQ10 to insure its potency & lifespan in the body."
[YEA] 06/03/2012: Rachel from Napier, New Zealand replies: "Firstly I love this site.... So helpful. I have to say I have periodontal disease and have been going to a Hygenist for 6 weeks now. The gums below my 2 bottom front teeth were so receded, almost to nothing. I started taking Co Q10 capsule 160mg each morning and the results are amazing, the gums are no longer receded, the gums if anything have grown back. I am over the moon and can only put this down to taking a daily dose of CO Q10. Thank you so much."