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Has your periodontal disease improved with paleo?

by 1190 · January 06, 2013 at 04:09 PM

I have a genetic form of periodontal disease and have twice had bone replacement surgery in the past. Dentists speak as though it will just get worse with time, and I get frequent cleanings to try to keep it from progressing. It is caused by bacteria deep in the gum, that can't be accessed by normal tooth hygiene.

I am wondering especially if daily consumption of long simmered bone broth might help prevent further bone loss in the mouth (it is the bone that sticks up between the roots of the teeth that I have lost in the past). Has anyone experienced any change since becoming paleo?

Of course I am also hoping that there is no way that eating paleo would worsen bone loss.

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432 · January 06, 2013 at 01:46 AM

I too have suffered periodontal issues. Before abandoning a standard diet I was having to see the periodontist 4 times/year for deep cleanings. I tried to maintain a good hygiene routine but I still required frequent cleanings.

In October of 2010 I discovered and converted to the paleo approach to diet. Quite gradually my gum health has improved. It was slow but at my last cleaning (3 times a year now) I had ZERO bleeding and no pain. Plus it went plenty quick. I'd say that there was a reversal of my gum disease.

I don't know what to attribute to the reversal for sure but I'd wager the removal of gluten played a large part (no longer binding minerals and disrupting digestion).

I hope you find improvement with your oral health

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2970 · January 06, 2013 at 01:31 AM

I never had periodontal disease until I went paleo, but had it within a year after.

After taking a closer look at my diet by tracking food intake, what seemed to be missing was calcium -- my calcium intake had dropped quite a bit without my noticing. I took care of the problem pretty rapidly by increasing dairy intake, mostly via aged raw milk cheeses (which presumably add some K2 to my diet as well) & yogurt. My dentist was adamant that nutrition was not an issue -- that it must be home care or some other problem, and he remained adamant even after the problem cleared up. So I don't know if bone broth can help you, but I'm a firm believer in the nutrition - dental health link.

Also true that I always had difficult teeth cleanings at the dentist, and was always told I had a natural buildup and there wasn't anything I could do about it. After adding fermented cod liver oil + butter oil caps (more K2!) that problem is also gone.

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10439 · January 06, 2013 at 02:54 PM

First off, keep going to your dentist/hygienist for your periodontal maintenance! Don't skip that. It really is important to keep under the gumline clean AND smooth.

Going Paleo, especially moderate or lower carb Paleo, should definitely help. Overall inflammation in the body, and particularly in the gums, should be reduced. If you can eat cheese, especially the harder, more aged stuff, do try to eat an ounce a week. It's more than just the calcium - think enzymes. Oils are also good - you may want to look into oil pulling. Google it, or search it here. Anything that's good for your skin and bones is also good for your teeth, so eat up on the bone broth, too. Take it easy on the super-acidic stuff, though on a Paleo diet that pretty much takes care of itself (soda, the horror!)

When it comes to oral hygiene, make sure you are using a SOFT toothbrush and using it gently. Only soft. Never medium and for the love of all that is bacony, hard toothbrushes should be illegal. Soft is nice and gentle on those already irritated and inflamed gums. Also, look in to a Waterpik. They're amazing. They get places and angles floss just doesn't get, you can get more enthusiastic with it because it won't cut you like floss can, and you can use a periodontal rinse in the water to give yourself a mild irrigation at home. Ask your hygienist which rinse you should use (chlorhexidine is often a good choice, but not for everyone) and at what concentration. Doing this even once a week, and just using regular water the rest of the time, will work wonders. If you are averse to using a chlorhexidine or other rinse, the Waterpik is still worth it.

(I'm a dental professional, and also a perio patient.)

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968 · January 06, 2013 at 04:09 PM

I haven't been to the dentist in 6 years (maybe more). I've been paleo for over a year now and my teeth feel even better. I have the teeth of a teenager! They feel cleaner and stronger since going paleo.

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842 · January 06, 2013 at 06:23 AM

I have used "tooth and gum" tonic from herbdoc.com for years. This gets inside of the gum. Friends who have had gum drafts used this to help heal. I brush my teeth with toothpaste that I make, and then use the tooth and gum tonic, leaving them in my mouth overnight without rinsing. There is info on it here: https://herbdocblog.com/# search on the left hand side by "herb or herbal product" and put in tooth and gum. He describes a paste to make in the blog called, "Gum and Absess Treatment" followed by a blog about keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

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