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Baking Soda
Posted by Joe M (Usa) on 08/12/2015

Baking Soda is the cure all for your dental and mouth care. But you first need to understand how and why it works.

First let me mention what I used to use and what the condition of my mouth was. I am 43 years old. And I was raised as a "Crest kid". I thought my teeth looked good growing up. But it didn't keep me away from the dentist. I still got cavities. My teeth are food traps. So that made it even more difficult. But no matter how much I brushed, the problems would not stop.

I eventually suspected that toothpaste was not working at all. I began hearing about how Fluoride was toxic anyway. So I looked for alternatives. I had already been using baking soda for occasional stomach acid and washing hair. I also became aware that it helps get rid of cancer. And as it also turns out, baking soda was once a common cure for many health problems years ago. That is, until the political lobbyists worked to cover it up.

After some education, I realized that the reason baking soda is so marvelous for the human body is because it has a pH level that is very alkaline. And modern bodies are often very acidic due to the diet and water that is being supplied to the public these days. This affects hair, teeth, and every other part of the body. So baking soda basically fixes the pH for us. It helps cure cancer by making the body more alkaline, which will kill acid loving cancer. It helps hair by making it alkaline. So. When you wash it afterwards, using acidic shampoo, your hair will be more alkaline than it otherwise would be. And your hair will be more thicker and alive than ever. Baking soda helps your mouth by making it alkaline. Acid is what ruins your teeth.

I actually began using baking soda to brush my teeth more than two years ago. Every one of my mouth problems went away and never returned. Furthermore. Cavities that were starting came to a halt. They never worsened. The amazing thing here is that I only brush once a day. I still eat sweets more than ever. I basically wet my brush, stick it down into the baking soda, caking it on. I drip water drops on it until its full wet. Then spread it all around my teeth and then brush everything all through my mouth. I then take water into my mouth and swish and gargle well. Then spit. I do it once more to fully get out the baking soda. My mouth is then very alkaline. It then becomes IMPOSSIBLE for bacteria or any other monster to live in there ruining my teeth.

Now let me add. Do not fall for the gingivitis LIE. The dental industry is a big scam. They want your money. Its the same ole corporate/political scam to swindle the public. To keep us dumb. If everyone brushed with baking soda every day, most dentists would be out of business. Tooth decay cannot occur when your mouth is alkaline.

Oil Pulling
Posted by Jennifer (Sunrise, Fl) on 05/29/2011

I'm a former skeptic become oil pulling convert! Before oil pulling, I had advanced gum disease, and I'm only 29. My mother and I are something of a legend in dentist's offices - every dentist we have gone to has commented that me and my mother's plaque problems are the worst they have ever seen. I curse genetics for that - we have good oral hygeine habits, but unfortunately people who are genetically predisposed are 6 times more likely to develop gum disease than those who aren't - even with aggressive oral hygeine habits. I tried all different kinds of mouthwashes, toothpastes, even the Sonic toothbrush, nothing helped. The last time I went to my dentist, my dentist commented that my gum disease has progressed to the verge of periodontal disease. She said that it is really sad to see a person my age have such serious gum disease and told me, "You know, you still have time to turn the health of your gums around, but if you don't do it soon, you are going to spend a lifetime of pain and expensive procedures". What she said really stuck with me, and I knew I had to try something different.

Even though I am a faithful follower of Ayurveda, I was always hesitant to try oil pulling, because honestly, it sounded a little ridiculous. As a law student, I'm a little bit of a trained skeptic - and the idea of swishing oil in my mouth curing a host of diseases sounded completely illogical. But after reading the testimonials on this page, I figured, what do I have to lose? Sesame oil is very inexpensive and it doesn't require a lot of effort to incorporate oil pulling into my routine - I could just swish it in my mouth for 20 minutes while I take a shower or do my makeup. So I figured what the heck and I gave it a try. At first it was a little difficult and it made me gag, but after a few tries I got the hang of it. I just take about a tablespoon full in my mouth and spit it out once I'm done with my makeup routine.

From the first day, I noticed a huge difference in the feeling of cleanliness in my mouth, the freshness of my breath, and even my teeth seemed whiter! The freshness lasts all day, and I even wake up in the morning with fresh breath! No more funky breath at mid-day. After a few weeks I noticed that some of my front teeth that were becoming a little bit loose had anchored into my gums firmly. My gums that were beginning to recede are slowly starting to grow back, and my gums stopped bleeding during normal brushing.

After oil pulling for a few weeks, I decided to ramp up the results by following the oil pulling with a hydrogen peroxide rinse (half hydrogen peroxide, half water, a big pinch of sea salt and 1 or 2 drops of peppermint oil for taste). Now, I also put one drop of oregano oil (diluted with olive oil) on my toothbrush. After using the oregano oil for a week or two, my gums started turning a healthy pink color. The oregano oil is really strong - so go easy on it. Only one drop is really all you need.

The results have really been something of a miracle. Not only has it appeared that I have almost completely reversed my advanced gum disease that I've had for almost a decade (I will confirm that when I see my dentist), but like many other oil pullers, I have much more energy in the morning and I just feel really energetic and healthy overall. Not only that, but my acne that I've had since I was 13 has completely disappeared, and my skin looks really healthy and glowing. Like my dentist told me, the health of your mouth is connected to the health of your entire body - as scientific studies are proving (gum disease is already been proven to be linked to strokes and heart disease - do the research yourself! ). Science is beginning to prove what Ayurvedic teachers have been saying for thousands of years - "disease begins in the mouth". So, if we want to cure our body of disease - the mouth might be a good place to start.

If you are reading this and are skeptical like I was, ask yourself, what do you have to lose? It's a remedy that costs pennies a day, has no health risks, and it can potentially save you thousands of dollars in painful and expensive dental work. On top of that, it can save your health - and it goes without saying that good health doesn't have a price.

I wanted to pass along my story to help another person like me. Thank you everyone at Earth Clinic for all of your wisdom, and best wishes to all of you for happiness and good health! :)

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Martin (Canoga Park, California) on 04/03/2007

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.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Nina (Massachusetts) on 03/12/2015


I am a scientist who has worked with hydrogen peroxide and familiar with considerable research regarding peroxide. I also am a strong believer in natural products and medicine, when possible. Please be aware that there are many forms of hydrogen peroxide, and what you typically buy at the store is NOT considered safe for consumption or oral use (in fact, many scientists do not condone use of this type of hydrogen peroxide for use in wound healing, either, as it kills beneficial cells as well as potentially infectious ones). What is used in oral products like mouthwash, toothpaste, or whitening products is not the same thing. Hydrogen peroxide that is produced in our bodies has benefits with regard to signaling processes, but is also damaging to the body--and our bodies produce other endogenous chemicals to counteract its effects. Recommending to a large group of people a chemical that has been consistently shown to be harmful in this type of use is ill-advised. I highly recommend revising your article on gum health to either remove or, at the very least, clarify your stance on the use of hydrogen peroxide. Thank you.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Donna5783 (Dothan, Al) on 10/22/2022 2 posts

Hydrogen Peroxide for gum infection

After reading posts from this website for gum ulcer remedies, I came across one using hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide completely eradicated my infection. This was after my dentist gave me 2 rounds of antibiotics ( 2 months apart) and the infection came back a 3rd time. This infection was very difficult to be rid of as it was under a permanent bridge. I used the 3% store grade 3x a day at first, for a few months. Now I just use it 2x a day to maintain a clean mouth after brushing and using my Waterpik flosser. I swoosh it around my mouth for 1 minute, then spit it out and rinse. It has also done wonders for eliminating plaque. I just had a dental checkup and my hygenist was very pleased. She said I had very little plaque. I am so happy the infection has not come back, and it's been 6 months since the last one. I did not want to go back on antibiotics since they weren't doing the job.

Advanced Gum Disease Remedies
Posted by Prioris (Fl, US) on 02/10/2015

That can be very terrible news to hear all your teeth will need to come out. Whatever you do - do not listen to the dentist. They are ignorant of natural cures. Do everything you can to keep them. The body has the abilitiy to heal given the proper nutrients and care. Also be aware that I am 60 years old.

I don't know everything about the state of your gums so use these things. I would come at it from different angles. Nutrients and cleansing.

I tried oil pulling to help the weakening gums but to no avail. I think how well it helps depends on how nutrient deficient ones body is and whether it is just primarily a bacterial cause. The older one is, the more likely it is a depleted nutrients in your body so oil pulling would likely help less.

From a cleansing perspective, you can use hydrogen peroxide (1 part water, 1 part H202).

Brush your gums with it briefly upon rising and before bed. It will be a form of massage to get blood circulating in them and minimize bacteria colony in your mouth. I don't know the state of your gums so just be gentle until nutrients start to build up. You don't have to do it long but just enough.

For nutrients, use Biocell HA. It has Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen which has high absorption. This is what will put nutrients back into your gums. As a side benefit, your spinal column will get replenished.

Take 3 to 6 capsules per day on EMPTY stomach all at once. Best time is upon rising or before bed. You can use more or less. It accumulates in the body but given the state of your gums, I'd go higher dose for first couple weeks. I used doctor best brand because it was least expensive.

My gums were weakening disintegrating due to age and some teeth were starting to feel loose. I happen to stumble on a cure while looking for a way to cure my herniated disc which it did. I used Biocell Hyaluronic Acid. It toughened up my gums within 3 months but I expect sooner. I can't tell you exactly when they toughened up my gums because I was focused on the herniated disc and only realized afterward.

When I went to have my first dentist appointment in around 13 years, they found virtually no pockets in my gums. My gums feel very strong. My teeth and gums are tight.

I hope this gets you out of your situation. Many people take care of their teeth very well all their life but they end up losing all their teeth due to deteriorating gums as they age.

Bee Propolis
Posted by Vicki (Tallahassee, Fl) on 01/01/2010

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.

Baking Soda
Posted by Macswelly (California) on 01/26/2017 3 posts

Baking Soda: Bleeding Gums and Bad Breath

For bleeding gums, I take a measured tablespoon of dry baking soda, put it directly into my mouth and swish it around for a minimum of 5 minutes. (DON'T SWALLOW) Be careful (DO NOT GARGLE) with it in the back of your throat because the baking soda is to harsh in this concentrated form on the soft tissues of the back of the throat. Also be careful when putting the baking soda into your mouth, make sure you are breathing through your nose while taking it because if you are breathing through your mouth, while in the process of putting the baking soda into your mouth, you may accidentally inhale the powder through your mouth and it will get into your throat and block your airway. After doing this for 5 minutes or so spit it out and rinse and take your toothbrush and dry brush your teeth and tongue (TOOTHBRUSH AND WATER ONLY) until you feel a neutral clean feel in your mouth. Do this morning and night. Also be sure to floss, (BEFORE) doing this baking soda regiment. I also use my regular toothpaste, but I use it before I do the baking soda regiment and before I floss. So here is a quick simple step by step of what works for me.

1. Brush with regular toothpaste (brush tongue as well)

2. Floss (I like using waxed floss)

3. Baking soda regiment, as mentioned above.

For years I have had bleeding gums, mouth odor etc. This is the only thing that I have ever tried that worked. When I went for my last dental check up, my dental hygienist told me that the pockets in many of my gums shrank dramatically!!! Some went from 7's to 3's and 4's and I had only been using the above regiment for only 3 months. I am now looking forward to my next dental visit in March 2017 to see how much more healthy my gums are!!!

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Ken (Highlands Ranch, Co) on 09/21/2015

Gum Problems:

I find rinsing my mouth with drug store H2O2 after I brush my teeth has kept gums in perfect shape. I've been doing this for 10 minths now and the dentist never has to clean my teeth.

I used to have bleedings sore gums all the time, but no more...just rinse and don't swallow. Any sore in my gums goes away over night.

I bet your denstis witll never tell you this. Google H2O2 and Gums. Wow!

Baking Soda
Posted by Lkforster (Olympia, Wa) on 02/25/2013

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!

Oral Probiotics & Clove
Posted by Snow (UK) on 03/27/2022

I have one deep infected gum pocket front top tooth. Have generally been struggling with periodontal disease for a long time with most gums. Recently this one pocket became really infected, (lots of gum recession too which is so depressing), it resulted in a root canal last November, but still the infection has continued even after two rounds of antibiotics. (Pus seeping out when pressing the gum).

I have been tearing my hair out trying all kinds of protocols that should have worked such as Hydrogen Peroxide, Propolis (sleeping with cotton all of propolis against the gum), salt water rinses to name a few.

Anyway, I finally decided to try two new things. Clove which I have been rubbing against the gum and sometimes just resting a clove again against the gum. This definitely helps and I am thinking it is because it is anti parasitic?

But the missing link that I am really excited about is probiotics! There are special ones for oral health that you suck. Look for good quality/good reviews. Also have bought a good probiotic for gut health too. I feel it's all interconnected. Two days later I have no pus coming out of the gum for the first time in months. At bedtime, my protocol is rinse mouth with sea salt water, brush with propolis toothpaste, a really good clean using a water pick with bicarbonate soda (PH). Or you can just gargle and clean with it if you don't have a waterpic. Then finally I suck the oral probiotic.

Do some research on gum disease and probiotics and you will see there are quite a lot of compelling evidence it can help re populate the mouth with the right kind of bacteria to fight the bad... I'll report back in a while to say if it has really worked but I am feeling very encouraged by the past few days.

I am also during the day time rubbing some clove 'dust' against the gum.. this can also be clove oil but I am just using crushed up cloves.

If I had the money I would go straight back to the clinic I used to visit who did 2 hr laser therapy (I did about 6 sessions over a few months). This brought my pockets down from 8/10 to 2/3 and some bone regrowth, but sadly it has all come back again as not been able to visit them for a number of years.

Good luck anyone suffering too. Its a nightmare and upsetting to have such gum loss and potentially lose teeth later down line if I dont' get on top of it but hopeful this new protocol might be the missing link! TBD

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Paracelsus (Orlando, Fl) on 09/21/2020 47 posts

ACV as a mouth wash is a bad idea as the acid erodes your enamel. Charcoal, baking soda and H2O2 are all much better. And yes the store bought HP says it can be used as a mouth wash. I really doubt that something that can be poured on an open wound can harm you when used as a mouth wash. Please cite studies and references when claiming that regular HP is harmful in any way.

Oil Pulling
Posted by Kay (Jax, Fl) on 12/26/2013

I want to start off by saying, I do not like going to the dentist!

I have to thank, once again, this website for helping me in my battle with gum disease. After going to two different peridontist and getting quotes from $5,000 to over $6,000 for gum surgery, I decided to check out earth clinic. The first doc said, well, we do the gum surgery than you can go to the dentist get implants, crowns, etc. and I can easily spend(get into debt) of $12,000 or more. He suggested to extract all teeth and get dentures. This would cost less than $10,000 but gee no more cavities, etc. He failed to tell me how my cheek bones will sink in and I will probably age in looks. He was so caught up with extracting and putting in implants to hold dentures! This cost he quoted me didn't include the implants.

Well I came on to this website and read about oil pulling, etc. I begin. I would first thing in the morning take one tablespoon of Sesame Oil swish it around my mouth than spit it out. I started doing this 2 x per day. I also rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide.

I started a timeline. When I went to the first peridontist because my gums were inflamed and throbbed, teeth were loose, etc., as he poked checking gums, it bled a lot! By the time I went to the 2nd peridontist I had been on the oil pulling about 10 days. There was no blood when he poked at my gums! He said my gum condition was "moderate" while the first doc said "advanced". Ofcourse, these docs could have just been different.

So, I went to a family general dentist two days ago, who said that my teeth were not loose??? I did not say a word about the oil pulling. Well I have another appointment for a general consult in two weeks and X-rays will be done on each tooth. We shall see.

So, far, I can say, honestly no more throbbing of my gums, the color has changed to a lighter pink. I have spent approximately over $400 just in these visits and X-rays. I will get an estimate from the coming up consultation to see what they can do to "save my" teeth at a reasonable cost. Ha!

I can honestly say that doing the oil pulling, using bee propolis with baking soda toothpaste and rinsing with Hydrogen peroxide(3%) has helped me tremendously. I have doing this now about 3 weeks.

I would not have known about any of these alternatives if it weren't for this website. I will keep you updated on the process.

Advanced Gum Disease Remedies
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 02/09/2015

Aurora --- no need to go to Mexico. At least visit "healing teeth naturally" online.

It has saved me thousands of $$$$ . I am attending to them daily and do oil pulling as well. Best to read and find the many ways that are otherwise kept from us for the sake of commerce. Enough said. Namaste Om

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Lisa (Ohio, US) on 09/25/2014

Charcoal works AMAZINGLY!!! Make sure it is activated charcoal.(not out of your fire pit).I have been using it for approximately 2 months, just came from the dentist and even they were like "WOW, your teeth look amazing and we can tell you really take good care of your mouth". Activated charcoal is able to pull out impurities... Helps with gum disease and brightens the teeth.

I use it with a natural toothpaste (Tom's from Maine). I have opened many capsules and put them in a pepper shaker (it's messy... Lay down papertowel). Wet your toothbrush, apply toothpaste, sprinkle with charcoal, and brush. (I suggest placing toothbrush fully in mouth and closing mouth before beginning to brush to make sure you don't breathe over charcoal on brush.... It will go everywhere if you breathe on it... Trust me... I speak from experience!!! )

Baking Soda
Posted by Iris (London, Canada) on 11/06/2007

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.

Baking Soda
Posted by Jilbert57 (Brinnon, Wa, Usa) on 03/03/2012

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.

LED Lights
Posted by Vern (USA) on 06/03/2023

I've been told since about age 24 that I would lose the bottom row of my teeth because they are crowded and prone to gum disease. I had one deep cleaning done at that time and started flossing. Though I continued to have bleeding when I brushed or flossed.

I could not afford regular dental care so I didn't go to the dentist again until my early forties. It was then I was told my gum disease was worse and that I would need deep cleanings every 3 months in order to save my teeth.

Once again, I could only afford one deep cleaning. With no insurance that costed about 1200 dollars.

I started researching like crazy what I could do on my own to help. I found information about blue LED lights killing gum disease bacteria (discovered after dentists noticing improved gum health after using blue lights to whiten teeth). Then about red light improving inflammation, circulation and healing. And infrared light that might even help regrow bone and gum tissue and help with pain and sensitivity. So I bought a DPL medical grade device mouth guard which has all three and started using it every day.

I finally went to the dentist again recently and was all prepared for more deep cleanings and bad news. I told her my grim history of gum disease and she almost did not seem to believe me! She said my gums were pink and healthy looking with little to no bleeding and that she wasn't "falling into any pockets" as she was cleaning my teeth. She said there was barely any plaque to clean off and that was after not going to the dentist in 6 years! I 100% contribute this to using the mouth light every night.

Unfortunately, I do have bone loss from my previous bout which showed on the x-ray and one tooth that has gum recession. She told me to put baking soda around the tooth twice a day and it would "strengthen" the bone that is there.

Between baking soda and the LED lights, my breath has never been better! I used to wake up with an awful taste in my mouth and I don't ever get that anymore. My teeth feel very smooth and look clean and white.

It seems that red light has many wonderful benefits to it and was discovered by NASA. It is even used by many practices now for all sorts of afflictions. I believe light therapy is at the forefront of future advancements to help many problems, gum disease being one of them.

Citrus Bioflavonoid Hesperidin
Posted by Tom (Livingston, Tx) on 11/20/2020 64 posts

The citrus bioflavonoid hesperidin has always helped my gums. I knew that citrus bioflavonoids helped my gums, but I didn't know which bioflavonoid. Then I searched hesperidin and it said hesperidin was useful for gums. I found this to be true.

In 2010 in my mid-50's, my gums would occasionally bleed and some of my teeth were slightly loose. A daily 500 mg capsule of hesperidin corrected both of these these problems. I would order capsules from SwansonVitamins or PipingRock, but now I order the 500 grram bag of hesperidin powder from BukSupplements and take just a level 1/4 measuring teaspoon which is about 500 mg mornings and evenings.

I also had sensitive teeth at the time, but 2 capsules twice per day of the NOW brand "Calcium Apatite Caps" corrects this and prevents cavities.

Baking Soda
Posted by Paracelsus (Orlando, Fl) on 09/21/2020 47 posts

There is no harm if you swallow some baking soda whatsoever. I take baking soda all the time to cure heart burn and also to stop a cold in its track. I haven't had a cold or the flu in many years. Also, people use baking soda in cancer treatment, sometimes as a mixture of black strap molasses and baking soda. Also baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is produced by your body to neutralize the strong stomach acid before food enters your small intestine.

Advanced Gum Disease Remedies
Posted by Aurora (Mason City, Ia) on 02/09/2015

Yes, I went to the dentist and he told me that my teeth all had to come out, I came out of his office crying and my daughter told me I should seek a second opinion. Long story short the second dentist told me that it was probably because I was in peri-menopause to seek the counsel of an endocrinologist. I started to read about hormonal unbalance, reducing my hot flashes etc. and kept my teeth for another 14 years.

After having cancer and getting radiation and chemo, my teeth are loose once more. When I visited the dentist, he only wanted to take them out, but I think it is hormonal again as my body had to deal with so much. I do what I can to keep my body from falling apart in spite of cancer and radiation. Read here that salt, ( shocking how simple remedies can be) can kill the microbe that causes the gum disease, I started using it a few weeks ago, my teeth feel a lot better. I am planning a trip to the experts, this time in Mexico, to see if they will give me a chance to explain my situation, for how can they help you? If they don't know your history or what you have experienced? Sorry this is so long, but I hope it's a help to you or somebody else, Aurora

Advanced Gum Disease Remedies
Posted by Jane (United States) on 03/08/2016

No no no, do not use hydrogen peroxide in straight strength like that for 40 minutes a day, (and twice a day! ), or even straight at all. It's killing live tissue. Wow.

Posted by Mysticgardener (Plain City, Ohio) on 05/14/2011

A few years back I had a terrible problem with gum disease and had to have 3 teeth pulled. After that I had to go back for four sessions of root planing. (cleaning around the root and under the gumline). After I had the first two sessions done, I heard a retired dentist online say that the best thing for your dental health is salt! He also said he would never have dared say this while still practicing!

So I started brushing with sea salt and when I went back for the third session, the hygienist was just barely scraping, doing more talking than anything. She started to talk about how much my mouth had improved and that she had never seen anything like it! THEN she said I would NOT HAVE TO COME BACK for the fourth session!

Six months passed and I went back for a routine cleaning. AGAIN, she exclaimed about how much my dental health had improved since the first time she had seen me. I still didn't tell her what I was doing. I just said I was brushing longer like she had told me to do.

Six months after that I went back and had the same results. At that point, I told her my secret! She truly acted like she had never heard of it. This retired dentist I listened to online said salt kills the bacteria that causes gum disease. I now use an herbal toothpaste with no fluoride, and from time to time I will run my tongue around my teeth, and if I feel any plaque on the teeth, I will brush them with salt and it comes right off.

I now brush with salt about once a week, just for good maintenance. I believe this will save the rest of my teeth and thousands of dollars! My teeth have also gradually gotten whiter, and I no longer worry about bad breath. At first I worried the salt might take off the enamel but this has obviously not happened! I was so grateful to learn of this because my dentist told me they could not guarantee I would not lose the rest of my teeth, even with the root planing. That was the 3rd time I had root planing done and it is very expensive, and it obviously wasn't fixing the problem since I had to keep having it done every 7 or 8 years!

They tried to insinuate that I had gum disease because I was not brushing and flossing on a regular basis which was absolutely not true! I was extremely vigilant about both and had been my whole life! Let's continue to get the truth out there folks and keep our money where it belongs!

Oil Pulling
Posted by Emma (London, England) on 04/06/2011

I had my gum pockets measured in Jan. 2010 and again in April 2011. According to my dentist, pockets don't improve on their own - they just get deeper. Except for a 6 week break, I've been oil pulling in the time between the examinations. I haven't had any other gum treatment. I think the facts are pretty clear. The number of deep pockets has significantly reduced.

7 mm. Pockets: went from 2 to 0

6 mm. Pockets: went from 2 to 0

5 mm. Pockets: went from 9 to 4

4 mm. Pockets: went from 6 to 7

I no longer need expensive, unpleasant gum scaling. Big thumbs up!