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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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.
Preventing Gum Disease

Preventing Gum Disease

75% of Americans who are 36 years of age or older have gum disease. Clearly, this is a problem that’s difficult to avoid, but it’s nonetheless important to do so, since gum disease can have a major impact far beyond your mouth, going so far as to impact your body’s ability to fight off diseases.

Below, you’ll learn about three of the important things you need to keep in mind when coming up with a plan of action for preventing gum disease: flossing, regular dental visits, and nutrition. We hope this helps you as you work to keep your mouth healthy.


This probably won’t surprise you, but you need to floss your teeth and brush them regularly in order to prevent gum disease. It’s important to floss at least once a day, since the plaque that flossing removes can harden in as little as 24 hours. This plaque is what causes gum disease.

It makes sense that in-home dental care is so important: while a dentist may be able to give you a deeper cleaning, your teeth need the regular, daily care that you can provide them at home.

Regular Dentist Visits

Along with making sure that your in-home dental care is good, you also need to regularly visit a dentist. Along with helping to remove any plaque that you may have missed during your regular flossings, they’ll also be able to inspect your mouth for any problems. The earlier these problems are noticed, the more manageable they are to take care of.


Your body needs certain nutrients in order to build tissue and protect itself. Not having enough folate, for instance, could lead to gum health issues. This effect is reciprocal, actually: while nutrition is important for the health of your mouth, a person with a healthy mouth is actually more likely to eat nutritiously.

Looking to Prevent Gum Disease?

Pharmaden is here to help. 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.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 800-910-5523, email us at info@pharmaden.net, or fill out our online contact form. Pharmaden shares everything that you need to know about the best vitamins for healthy gums! We’re always happy to help people take control of their oral health.