The DIY Health and Wellness Blog mission is to empower readers with knowledge and tools to strengthen ourselves so we don't get sick (or need doctors) in the first place. And for the times when we do get sick, to provide alternative therapies that seek to strengthen our body's power to heal itself.
We try to give credence to western medicine when due, but also place high regard for oriental and other traditional and ethnic medical practices that view the body holistically, and whose focus is balance and enlivening our body's own intrinsic strength and well-being.
Yours for Health and Wellness!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Gum Disease

Do you remember your parents ever telling you to brush your teeth so you won't get gum disease? Probably not, since cavities (or dental caries) are more common in young people. As we grow older, though, gum disease (including gingivitis) is a much more common problem.
Gargling with warm salt water regularly will help, as will regular brushing, flossing, rinsing, and using a toothpick. Clove oil is one of the common smells you'll encounter when entering a dentist's office- it is a traditional gum therapy. Good luck finding it in the stores, though; I couldn't find it until I traveled to East Africa!
The most effective remedy I've found for gum problems is Colgate TOTAL toothpaste. It comes in a variety of flavors. Since starting to use it several years ago I haven't had any chronic gum problems at all. You might have to go online to find it in Japan, though.

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