A follow up to the article “How to beat persistent mouth and throat ulcers”, this article also delves into the benefits of probiotics and vitamins in the fight against gingivitis or gum disease.
If you’ve read my article on how to combat the common mouth/throat ulcer (canker sores) you’ll know of how I fought an 18 month long battle with these painful lesions.
If you’re also a sufferer of gum disease, where the gums are constantly red and puffy, bleeding and generally tender, you’ll also be happy to know that certain vitamins and the same probiotics that I used to fight the Candida overgrowth (yeast infection) also helps in the fight against gum disease.
Essentially, the same bacteria are the culprits in most cases of receding and bleeding gums. First thing you should do is to get yourself a decent supply of Zinc, and more importantly, Lysine. These two are paramount in the healing process, and also help to prevent the common cold sore – usually brought about in early childhood by normal play between infected children. The Herpes virus is the culprit in this case – and once you have it, it stays within your body for life. In times of stress, taking a regular dose of Lysine will help prevent the Herpes virus from moving down from where it sits dormant in the sinus cavity, to inflict that annoyingly ugly sore on the edge of your lip. Zinc helps with the healing process.
I have always prided myself in my oral hygiene – I have brushed at least twice a day since I was a child – my teeth are in fantastic condition for my age, and so after suffering an ulcerated throat during my honeymoon some years back, then a second “attack” during a long awaited holiday abroad, I had a rampant yeast overgrowth from too much stress, monthly sugary food cravings (as we women do.) I am now convinced the first attack during my honeymoon was due to a similar problem.
Since that first time, I have suffered from receding and tender gums. I flossed regularly, but this only served to irritate the problem, due to the floss cutting into the swollen gums, causing them to bleed. Contrary to what my dentist thought, I was not being too vigorous – I couldn’t, they were so sore that I was flossing with kid gloves, so to speak! And so I stopped.
In both instances, with regards to the ulcerated throat and mouth, I saw doctors who prescribed antibiotics to kill the infection. Subsequently, they also killed off the natural flora, which keeps a balance within the mouth, and indeed the rest of the body. If you eat a lot of sugary foods (eg. chocolate, honey, sugary soft-drinks etc) the bacteria builds rapidly to consume these – attacking both the teeth and the gums. The natural defense bacteria are not as fast to repopulate the mouth and body, so an overgrowth occurs. If this is not checked, you get cavities, gum disease and ulcers, not to mention bad breath.
This is where probiotics come into the picture – these “good bacteria” repopulate the mouth and throat, which in turn corrects the imbalance between the good and bad bacteria. After a month or so of taking a regular course of lozenges, you should begin to find relief. Of course, if you have tooth decay, you should see a dentist.
Gum disease cannot be cured, however, it can be slowed in its tracks and the symptoms reversed by repopulating the mouth with beneficial bacteria.
Gum disease is a constant battle – but by taking the lozenges, letting them slowly dissolve in the mouth and swishing them about before swallowing, these have helped me in so many ways. If caught soon enough (in the itchy, scratchy stage) probiotic lozenges can even stop the common cold – and that’s no exaggeration!
Of course, a good healthy diet is essential to preventing these problems, but sometimes the fast paced world we live in today leaves little time for healthy eating habits. Fresh fruit and leafy greens and a diet rich in red meat are always recommended to keep our bodies on top condition. A regular supplement during times of stress or when the body is tested with sport or over exertion can help stave off overgrowth and common winter chills.
As mentioned in the earlier arcticle, these probiotic lozenges can be purchased at all good pharmacies. I hope that all who suffer from these minor yet irritating and painful mouth, throat and gum problems will find relief with these simple remedies.