Swollen Gums?

As a dentist for the past 37 years, I have seen many people with swollen and easily bleeding gums in my practice. The most common problem I have seen that caused the swollen and easily bleeding gums were due to :

1)      An underlying medical issue. For example, undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes.

2)      Lack of good home care. The best results were people who brushed their teeth, gums, roof of the mouth, and tongue for 3 minutes twice a day and removed the food and bacteria in between the teeth with a small interdental brush, floss, or water flosser.

3)      Take a quality supplement(s) if short on essential nutrients. The gums as well as other organs of the body need essential nutrients in order to function properly. When asking my patients who did have swollen and easily bleeding gums if their nutritional eating habits were poor, average, or really good, the overwhelming majority told be poor or average.

A study was done on people who had swollen gums that easily bled, at Loma Linda University in California. They were given a specific high absorbing supplement called PerioTherapy by Pharmaden Nutraceuticals for 30 days. They were instructed not to change the way they were cleaning their teeth. The patients taking the supplement for only 30 days showed a significant improvement in bleeding, pocket depth around the teeth (puffy gums), and plaque(bacteria). You can read the Loma Linda double blind study here: https://www.pharmaden.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/pharmaden-reasearch.pdf

Dr. Ron Schefdore
President, Pharmaden LLC

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How to Avoid and Reverse Cavity

How to Avoid and Reverse Cavity

Cavities result from untreated tooth decay, causing holes in your teeth. Most people visit a dentist when they show up. However, there are other ways of fixing cavities. They can be reversed without medication or visiting the dentist, provided you give them proper care and attention. 

How does a cavity grow?

Repeatedly exposing your teeth to acid and acidic byproducts break down their essential minerals. It is the first of the five stages of tooth decay. It is called demineralization. The second is enamel decay, in which white spots appear, showing that enamel is losing minerals. 

The third stage is painful, in which dentin, a soft tissue underneath the enamel, decays. The fourth and most significant stage is when the cavity reaches the pulp, hogging the space meant for the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels. The last and the most painful stage is called abscesses, in which bacteria from the cavity spreads beneath the pulp and forms pus.

How to reverse a cavity?

Change diet: Studies show that reducing sugar intake with other changes in diet can reverse tooth decay. Eat calcium-rich foods, such as broccoli, dairy, and kale to strengthen your teeth and bones. Avoid processed sweets, sugary drinks, soda, and juices as they cause plaque and tartar buildup. 

Oral care routine: Start brushing twice and flossing at least once daily. Use a mouthwash to get rid of bacteria at other times of the day. 

Vitamins and diet supplements: Eat a diet rich in vitamins. Some strengthen the teeth, while others will help produce more saliva to fight bacteria. Micronutrients help decrease inflammation and prevent cavities.

Natural probiotics: Consume foods rich in probiotics. They stimulate healthy bacteria production in the mouth to prevent tartar and plaque buildup. Natural sources of probiotics are kombucha, fermented foods, and kefir. 

pH values: Coffee, citrus fruits, and sugars create a breeding environment for harmful bacteria. If you are suffering from tooth decay, avoid coffee and citrus fruits. Green tea is a healthy alternative. It has polyphenol, an antioxidant that hinders the growth of harmful bacteria. 

How to avoid a cavity?

It is possible to reverse a cavity at the beginning of tooth decay. Maintaining healthy oral hygiene is the best way to prevent it. Here, we discuss a few other ways that can help:

  • Use fluoride toothpaste to brush teeth twice a day. 
  • Floss at least once daily. Teach children to do it too, so they learn young. 
  • Avoid drinking carbonated and sugary drinks. 
  • Visit the dentist once in six months or a year for cleaning. It will ensure that any problem is diagnosed at an initial stage and is treated before it’s too late. 
  • You can also use silver diamine fluoride, a topical medication preferred by dentists to treat and prevent tooth decay and relieve dentinal hypersensitivity.

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A double-blind study found a reduction in plaque, gum bleeding, and pocket depth after using Pharmaden’s PerioTherapy for only 30 days. Pharmaden offers products for several periodontal issues with a 30-day money-back guarantee. For more information, you can call us at 800-910-5523 or email at info@pharmaden.net.

5 Home Remedies For Swollen Gums

5 Home Remedies For Swollen Gums

Swollen gums are a common oral health issue. It can result from a range of lifestyle and health problems, from a medical condition to brushing too hard. The good news is there are various home remedies to ease discomfort and swelling. 

If you have mild pain, home remedies can help manage and even treat bleeding gums. However, if the problem is persistent for over two weeks, seek medical advice. Here, we give you a low-down on five home remedies that can provide you quick relief from swollen gums.

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Eliminating gingivitis or periodontitis

Gum disease is also known as gingivitis and is often the result of poor dental hygiene, including improper/irregular brushing and flossing. Most people do not even know that they have gingivitis, as its symptoms are usually mild. 

However, if left untreated, it can lead to a severe condition called periodontitis and, eventually, tooth loss. Therefore, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene. It can reduce the chances of such diseases, saving you a lot of time, trouble, and money. 

Oral care

Brushing and flossing regularly, especially after meals, is an excellent way to take care of your oral health. If you have a dry mouth, see your dentist. They will help you minimize the risk of plaque and tartar buildup. Changing your toothpaste and using mouthwash also helps with this condition. 

But if you’re not a flosser, try the little brushes that clean in between the teeth. You can get them in the oral health section of any pharmacy or major retailer. They are much easier to use than floss and will get the job done, says veteran dentist Dr. Ron Schefdore. Water flossers are also another alternative.

Chamomile tea

Drinking chamomile tea can help soothe swollen gums. Squash the tea around your mouth before swallowing it. Chamomile has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and muscle relaxant properties. Therefore, you can use it as a mouthwash to treat gum infections. It will also help you sleep well. 

Saltwater mouthwash

Mix salt with lukewarm water and use it as a mouthwash. It effectively treats red and inflamed gums by killing the bacteria responsible for all the trouble. But make sure you do not swallow the saltwater. Just gargle using the mouthwash and spit it out once done. Repeat the process five times, two times a day. 

Aloe vera

After brushing your teeth, apply a small amount of aloe vera directly to inflamed gums. Natural aloe vera extract and leaf will instantly soothe the red and inflamed tissue. Apply it twice a day until the infection subsides. 

Hot and cold compress

Applying a hot and cold compress can reduce swelling and relieve pain in the gums. Use a clean cloth, dip it in hot water, and press it against the affected area. Similarly, you can make a cold compress with an ice cube wrapped in a clean cloth. 

Supplements and nutrients

Pharmaden has the only supplement backed by a double-blind study to show a significant reduction in bleeding, plaque, and pocket depth. Our patients have been benefiting from our line of nutraceuticals since 1998. All our products have the right balance of nutrients and antioxidants to help you maintain overall and oral health. You can buy our products from our website with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can call us at 800-910-5523 or email us at info@pharmaden.net to know more.

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6 Ways to Effectively Fight Bleeding Gums

6 Ways to Effectively Fight Bleeding Gums

Did you notice blood in the sink after brushing or flossing? Was it a one-time thing, or do your gums bleed frequently? 

Bleeding gums most often result from wrong brushing and flossing techniques. However, sometimes they can be a symptom of a severe health condition. Unless indicative of a chronic ailment, it is possible to treat bleeding gums by making simple lifestyle changes. Here, we give you a low-down on six ways that can help you fight bleeding gums effectively.

Practice good oral hygiene

Gums bleed when plaque builds up along the gum line. If you aren’t brushing and flossing enough, your gum health will deteriorate, eventually leading to bleeding. Therefore, you must practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day without fail. 

For those of you that are not going to floss, no worries! You can also use small brushes or a water flosser that will clean in between your teeth. They are much easier to use than floss, and most people will tend to use them daily. In addition to these products, by using a mouthwash called Closys into the gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth first, followed by the Closys toothpaste, you will be able to control the bad bacteria better.

Closys was developed by a gum specialist called a periodontist.

Use hydrogen peroxide

You might be using hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant. But did you know that you can also use it to remove the plaque between gums and stop gum bleeding? We suggest that you use it after brushing your teeth and make sure that you don’t swallow the solution while at it. A study found that hydrogen peroxide also reduces gingivitis, a condition that results in swelling and bleeding gums. 

Stop smoking

Smoking doesn’t just cause lung cancer, heart problems, and stroke; it also makes your gums bleed. Moreover, it is known to attack your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight plaque bacteria, worsening your gum health. 

Consume more vitamin C and vitamin K

Increasing your vitamin C intake can improve your immune system, making it strong enough to fight plaque and bleeding gums. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to gum bleeding, even if you are maintaining good oral hygiene. Meanwhile, vitamin K is essential in improving the blood’s tendency to clot. A study found that its deficiency can lead to gum bleeding. NOT ALL VITAMINS ARE THE SAME read about Pharmaden nutraceuticals below.

Drink green tea

Green tea is rich in various antioxidants that are much needed by our body. One such antioxidant is catechin, which reduces our body’s inflammatory response to mouth bacteria, significantly improving periodontal health. Therefore, if your gum health is under attack, it’s a good idea to treat yourself to a cup of warm, soothing green tea. 

Rinse with saltwater

A quick home remedy for bleeding gums is rinsing them with warm salt water as it reduces the bacteria in your mouth. We advise that you do this at least thrice a day for optimum recovery. 

Dietary improvement for periodontal disease

One of the main factors causing periodontal diseases in Americans is nutrition deficiency. At Pharmaden, we have created PerioTherapy, a new approach to treating periodontal disease. It provides the necessary nutrients that help our immune system fight off dental conditions such as gum bleeding. It is the only supplement tested at a major U.S. university that was shown to decrease pocket depth, plaque (bacteria), and bleeding in people with gum disease. 

The easy to swallow gelatin capsule with natural, high-grade nutrients, fine power, and balance of vitamins increases the absorption. If you want to know more about our products, please go to www.pharmaden.net. You can also call us at 800-910-5523 or email us at info@pharmaden.net.

Getting Rid of Gingivitis

Getting Rid of Gingivitis

Also known as periodontal disease, Gingivitis is early-stage gum disease. It occurs primarily due to poor oral hygiene. As per data, nearly 80% of American adults suffer from either moderate or severe periodontitis.

That’s a startling number when we consider the fact that the root cause of Gingivitis is nothing more than poor oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene allows plaque to build up around difficult-to-reach corners of our mouth. Over time, this plaque reaches the surrounding gums and causes inflammation or Gingivitis.

If left unchecked, the plaque can even cause severe irritation and irreversible damage to the gums.

How to Get Rid of Gingivitis

As already mentioned, bacteria from plaque formation is the primary cause of gingivitis. So the first and foremost thing to do is follow a proper oral hygiene routine. That means:

1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day (after every meal if possible).

2. Clean the tongue daily as it is the breeding place for unwanted mouth bacteria.

3. Massage the gums daily properly. Massage improves blood flow to the gums and helps them heal faster.

4. Stay away from acidic food.

5. See your dentist regularly.

In addition to the above, some home remedies too can accelerate healing. These include:

Green Tea

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and has antimicrobial properties too. Drinking a glass of green tea daily can significantly control periodontal disease.

Salt Water Rinse

Salt is a natural disinfectant. It can significantly reduce inflammation as well as mitigate pain in gums.

Clove Oil

Clove is another very effective home remedy for gingivitis. Clove oil is effective in fighting oral bacteria and offers relief from discomfort and pain.

Things To Keep in Mind

If you have gingivitis, then it’s always wise to take all possible precautions. This should begin with your toothbrush. You should always use a toothbrush that has soft or extra-soft bristles. Moreover, you should not forget to replace it every three months.

Additionally, you should floss daily and use a natural mouthwash that does not cause a burning sensation for the gums. Better if you can consult your dentist once and choose the best one for you.

When Should You Seek Expert Help?

Even if you have minor gum inflammation, it’s always wise to see an expert. In fact, the earlier gingivitis is detected, the less is the recovery time. If you ignore the signs for too long, then your gums may start to recede and even bleed during brushing or flossing. So if you feel that

your gums seem unusually red, puffy, and swollen, it’s always wise to see your nearest dentist.

Looking to Prevent Gum Disease?

More often than not it’s a poor diet that triggers a chain of oral health issues. That’s why at Pharmaden we offer a suite of vitamins and nutritional supplements that were created with the intent of helping to prevent gum disease. As with any traditional supplement, you should speak with a medical professional before choosing to start taking one of Pharmaden’s products.

In a recent survey of people with periodontal disease, 68% admit to poor or average nutritional eating habits. There is a high absorbing supplement by Pharmaden that was given to patients with periodontal disease. It showed it reduced plaque (bacteria), bleeding, and the pockets around the teeth formed by the bacteria making this a great addition to a dentists treatment.

In the mouth there is a bacteria that lives without air and is called an anaerobe bacteria. Closys mouthwash and toothpaste was developed by a gum specialist called a periodontist. It specifically kills this anaerobic bacteria and breaks the sulfur bonds created by these bacteria. Sulfur is a cause of really bad breath.