What Are the Risk Factors of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an inflammatory condition marked by an excessive presence of harmful oral bacteria in the mouth. Although we tend to think that all bacteria are harmful, the majority are not. Of the 350 bacteria species present in the average healthy mouth, over 95% are either harmless or beneficial.1 However, when the balance of oral microorganisms is disrupted by an increase in bad bacteria, plaque begins to form on the teeth and along the gumline. Plaque accumulation causes inflammation of the gums and frequently results in swelling, redness, soreness and bleeding. This initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis—and it’s entirely reversible with proper care. If left untreated, however, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is much more serious, and difficult to treat. So, what are the biggest risk factors associated with the development of gum disease?


The choices we make in our daily lives affect the way our bodies function. When we make healthy choices, such as maintaining a nutrient-dense diet, exercising, avoiding tobacco, and limiting alcohol consumption, the immune system thrives. Conversely, neglecting these healthy habits creates an environment that is ripe for disease. Long-term alcohol abuse is highly destructive to oral health, while smoking is the biggest preventable risk factor for gum disease.2 Other contributing factors to periodontal disease include an unbalanced diet and psychological stress.2 When it comes to preventing gum disease, a healthy lifestyle, combined with regular brushing, flossing, and routine trips to the dentist, is the best defense.


Though gingivitis often affects teenagers, the onset of gum disease is most prevalent in adults 35 and older.2

Female hormonal changes

Women experience hormonal changes throughout their lives. Hormone fluctuations during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause all affect oral health. Gum sensitivity increases during these times, making it easier for an inflammatory response to occur.3

Medical conditions

Research indicates systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and HIV/AIDS increase the risk for developing gum disease. Weakened immune systems are far more susceptible to infection.4 Many medications that treat these and other conditions also have side effects that adversely affect oral health.5


People with family members affected by gum disease are at an increased risk of developing it at some point in their lives.2

Reversing gum disease through natural oral care

In addition to healthy lifestyle choices and regular visits to the dentist, herbal mouth care products can help to ensure optimal oral health. Extensive research has shown that harsh chemical antimicrobial and antibiotic agents are not necessary for clean teeth, and that people with particularly sensitive gums often experience irritation with these products. Herbal extracts, such as those used in Truly Natural® Dental Herb Company products, have therapeutic value, and act as a natural remedy for gum disease; they are as gentle as they are effective. Due in large part to their gentle efficacy, the popularity of all-natural toothpastes and mouthwashes has steadily increased.

Dental Herb Company products contain five pure essential oils (not derivatives or synthetic equivalents) and two alcohol-free organic herbal extracts, which work synergistically to help reduce oral bacteria, soothe oral irritation, and condition and rebuild gum tissue. The formulae for the Tooth & Gums System took two decades to perfect and it is this dedication to creating a powerfully effective all natural alternative that has earned the company a reputation for excellence with patients and dentists alike. For more than a decade, Dental Herb Company products have been used and trusted by thousands of dentists. Now you can order the same professional strength products directly from the Dental Herb Company.


  1. Periodontitis (Causes).” Nytimes.com. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2013. Web.
  2. Periodontal Disease.” Umm.edu. Ed. Harvey Simon, MD. University of Maryland Medical Center, 11 Mar. 2013. Web.
  3. Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.” Nidcr.nih.gov. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Aug. 2012. Web.
  4. Chi, Angela C., DMD, Brad W. Neville, DDS, Joe W. Krayer, DDS, and Wanda C. Gonsalves, MD. “Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease.” Aafp.org. American Family Physician, n.d. Web.
  5. Oral Side Effects of Medications.” WebMD.com. WebMD, n.d. Web.

The Benefits of Herbal Dental Care Products: Using Ancient Herbs for Oral Health

Dental Herb Company uses the power of essential oils and organically grown herbal extracts in its professional strength herbal dental care products to promote and maintain good oral health. In addition, their formulas relieve gum inflammation while helping to rebuild connective tissue and neutralize halitosis. Regular dental visits, proper oral care, and effective all natural herbal dental products are key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils (EOs) are distilled liquids extracted from flowers, leaves, bark, stems, roots, shrubs and trees. The effectiveness of EOs lies in their exceptional ability to penetrate human tissue and provide therapeutic benefits. EOs contain varying numbers of tiny aromatic molecules that rapidly absorb into skin and travel through the body via blood capillaries and the circulatory system. When placed on the foot, EOs will be distributed to every cell within the body in under 21 minutes.1 The interaction between the EOs’ properties and the body’s natural chemistry result in physiological changes that include repairing damaged tissue, relieving pain and enhancing circulation.2 When used in herbal dental care, EOs are absorbed deep into gum tissue where their potent antibacterial properties provide valuable benefits in the treatment of gum disease.1

Dental Herb Company’s unique formulation of herbs for dental health

Developed by a dental researcher over the span of two decades, Dental Herb Company formulae contain pure essential oils (not their derivatives or synthetic equivalents) and alcohol-free extracts of organically grown herbs. Although botanicals have been used for centuries to treat ailments, modern clinical research has demonstrated the antimicrobial benefits of Dental Herb Company’s natural oral care products. The formulae contain five essential oils and two herbal extracts which work together synergistically to provide excellent oral health.

The essential oils:

Red Thyme

The oil from this herb has been used extensively in medicine as a powerful antiseptic and disinfectant. Additionally, its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and stimulating properties help treat oral inflammation and infection, making it a powerful additive to herbal dental products.3

Cinnamon Bark

The high aldehyde content of this oil makes it a strong antimicrobial and antiseptic.  High in tannins, cinnamon bark is an astringent, which in turn provides valuable benefits. Astringents contract, firm and strengthen oral tissue, reduce surface inflammation and irritation, and create a protective barrier from infection. Cinnamon oil is widely recognized as a painkiller and has long been used to soothe toothaches.4

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An essential oil that helps boost circulation and speeds the healing process.


Indigenous to Australia, eucalyptus has one of the most widely recognizable aromas.  It is commonly used as the active ingredient in vapor rubs because it aids respiratory function. In addition, eucalyptus boasts antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and stimulant properties, which boost circulation and speed up the healing process.  It is ideal for combating oral infection and mouth ulcers.5


Widely used for its skin healing properties, the oil from this highly aromatic flower offers antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and stimulant properties in natural dental remedies, making it a strong ally for good oral health. Lavender is effective against halitosis, helps heal damaged tissue and provides soothing relief from mouth pain6. Its pleasant aroma is also a powerful sedative which helps to calm the nervous system and decrease stress. While this may not seem relevant to mouth care, emotional stress is strongly linked to gum disease, because it impairs immune function and lowers the body’s natural defenses.7


The oil from this plant provides antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, sedative and stimulant properties. While peppermint flavoring is one of the most common additives used in commercial toothpaste and mouthwash, the majority of these products do not contain the essential oil itself. Rather than using essential oils as active ingredients, the majority of mouth care products typically use synthetic derivatives. When peppermint essential oil is used in natural oral care products it offers protection from oral infection, pain relief and enhanced blood circulation.8

The herbal extracts:


This herb is best known for helping the body to fight off microbial infections. It is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and is an immunomodulator, which reacts with and aids the immune system. Studies have shown Echinacea to be effective in preventing infection, repairing damaged tissue and regenerating connective tissue.9

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Gotu Kola

An herb that has been used for centuries to aid in wound healing.

Gotu kola

Used as a medicine for its healing properties, gotu kola has been shown to stimulate blood vessel growth in connective tissue, stimulate wound healing, and act as a powerful anti-inflammatory.10

Natural dental remedies for a healthy lifestyle

Dental Herb Company offers a unique line of Truly Natural® oral care products which help promote and maintain optimal oral health. With formulations rooted in both modern science and with thousands of years in medicinal use, you can trust the excellence of every product in the Tooth & Gums System. Talk to a dental professional on your next visit about the many benefits of using natural herbal dental products.


  1. Foster, Cynthia, M.D. “Essential Oils.” Drfostersessentials.com. Dr. Foster’s Essentials, n.d. Web. <http://www.drfostersessentials.com/store/intro_oils.php>
  2. Gladstar, Rosemary. “2. A Prescription for Life.” Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub., 2008. N. pag. Print.
  3. “Thyme, Red Essential Oil.” Mountainroseherbs.com. Mountain Rose Herbs, n.d. Web. <http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/eo/redthyme.php>.
  4. “Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil.” Mountainroseherbs.com. Mountain Rose Herbs, n.d. Web. <http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/eo/cinnamonbark.php>.
  5. “Eucalyptus Essential Oil.” Mountainroseherbs.com. Mountain Rose Herbs, n.d. Web. <http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/eo/eucalyptus.php>.
  6. Hoffmann, David. “Materia Medica.” Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts, 2003. 561-62. Print.
  7. Warner, Jennifer. “Stress May Wreak Havoc on Your Mouth.” WebMD.com. WebMD, n.d. Web. <http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20070813/stress-may-wreak-havoc-on-your-mouth>.
  8. Hoffmann, David. “Materia Medica.” Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts, 2003. 567-68. Print.
  9. Hoffmann, David. “Materia Medica.” Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts, 2003. 544-45. Print.
  10. “Gotu Kola.” Yourhealth.com.au. YourHealth, n.d. Web. <http://www.yourhealth.com.au/information-on-natural-medicine-herbs-detail.php?name=Gotu%20kola>.

Mouth Sores from Chemotherapy

The side effects of chemotherapy can be emotionally uncomfortable and physically draining. When it comes to oral care during chemotherapy, alcohol-free toothpaste and mouth rinse products from Dental Herb Company provide soothing relief from mouth sores, help rebuild damaged tissue, and create an inhospitable environment for bacterial growth. Oral sores from chemotherapy result from chemo’s efficacy in killing rapidly dividing cells throughout the body. While beneficial when it comes to destroying cancer cells, this process can wreak havoc on cells lining the mouth. Once cells are damaged and natural immunity is weakened, the risk of developing painful oral sores increases substantially.

Mouth sores from chemo can appear on any of the soft tissues that line the mouth, as well as on the lips, tongue and esophagus. In severe cases they can impair an individual’s ability to eat, talk, swallow and breathe. The good news is there are some simple steps patients can take to help avoid or relieve the discomfort of mouth sores.

How to Reduce The Risk of Developing Mouth Sores from Chemotherapy

Mouth sores from chemotherapy generally develop a few days after the start of treatment and disappear within a few weeks of stopping, but since chemo often lasts several months, it’s important for patients to boost and strengthen oral health as soon as possible. Reduce the risk of developing mouth sores before starting treatment by doing the following:

  • Visit the dentist to check your teeth and gums for potential issues that may worsen and/or cause pain during chemotherapy.
  • Develop an effective mouth care routine. Your dentist can recommend the right toothbrush, toothpaste,  and mouth rinse that will address a chemo patient’s special needs.
  • Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol; they will exacerbate oral irritation and further dry out the mucous membranes of the mouth.
  • Eat an antioxidant-rich diet (plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables) that will help to boost your immune system.
  • Quit smoking. It’s critical to good oral health under normal circumstances, and even more so during chemotherapy.

How to Treat Mouth Sores from Chemo During Treatment

If mouth sores erupt during chemotherapy, effective treatment for minimizing the pain includes:

  • Choose foods carefully. Limit the amount of alcohol consumed and avoid foods that are spicy, acidic, sharp, crunchy and overly hot or cold. Soft foods are easiest to eat and the most gentle on sensitive mouths.
  • Use topical painkillers and/or coating agents recommended by a doctor. These may be beneficial in numbing the intensity of mouth pain.

When it comes to treating mouth sores from chemo, choosing the right oral care products can help. Oral care products that are non-irritating and have excellent tissue building and antimicrobial properties can make a difference. The family of highly effective antimicrobial products from Dental Herb Company are formulated to rebuild and condition connective tissue and promote good oral health. These Truly Natural® solutions are made with precisely calculated proportions of pure essential oils that work synergistically with alcohol-free extracts of organically grown herbs to reduce oral bacteria and help maintain healthy teeth and gums—ideal for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Pure essential oil of lavender and vegetable glycerin, both of which are used in all our products, are particularly soothing agents for those suffering from painful mouth sores.

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An essential oil that has powerful antiseptic properties.

The proven formula developed and used by Dental Herb Company is a combination of seven different essential oils that work together to enhance optimal oral health. Red Thyme has powerful antimicrobial and immunostimulating properties. Cinnamon Bark is an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent. Lavender enhances circulation and tissue rebuilding. Peppermint encourages wound healing and reduces the temperature of infected and inflamed tissue. Eucalyptus assists in tissue conditioning, while echinacea helps to maintain the structure of the connective tissue. Lastly, gotu kola increases blood vessel formation within the connective tissues.

The choice of oral care products can make a difference for people who are undergoing chemotherapy and experiencing increased sensitivity and heightened susceptibility to infection and tissue damage in the mouth. Talk to your dentist about using Dental Herb Company’s products throughout the treatment process.

When looking for a gentle and effective toothpaste or mouth rinse before, during or following chemotherapy, consider Truly Natural® professional strength, alcohol-free products from Dental Herb Company, now available for purchase online.

The History of Oral Care: How Did Our Ancestors Try to Prevent Gum Disease?

Ever wonder when our ancestors began to brush their teeth or use toothpaste? Believe it or not, the toothbrush is one of the oldest devices still in use to this day, and it dates back to as early as 3000 B.C. Early Egyptians crafted devices from sticks and frayed the ends to rub against the teeth.1 This tool is the earliest recorded precursor of the toothbrush. Credit for the first “real” toothbrush, however, belongs to the Chinese. In the 1400s they used bamboo to craft the handles of brushes and attached a set of boar bristles for brushing the teeth.2

The popularity of this toothbrush spread to Europe where many Europeans chose to replace the overly abrasive boar bristles with softer horsehairs and even feathers.1 In 1780, the first modern toothbrush was created by William Addis.3 It featured swine bristles which were set through holes into a carved cattle bone handle and secured by wires. It wasn’t until 1938, when DuPont invented nylon, that the truly modern toothbrush as we know it was created.3 Rather than using natural bristles that were generally too harsh on sensitive gum tissue, this new synthetic material was soft, and therefore much gentler. Not only was it easier on the teeth and gums, it was a much more cost-effective option for mass production—especially in combination with plastic handles. By the 1950s, these toothbrushes became the new standard which, with relatively minor design refinements, remains in place today.

The Evolution of Toothpaste

Ancient Egyptians are credited with creating the very first forms of toothpaste. One was made with rock salt, mint, dried iris flowers and pepper crushed together into a powder that, when mixed with saliva, would clean and whiten teeth.2 Another documented tooth-cleaning powder was comprised of ashes from oxen hooves, myrrh, egg shells and pumice4. As unappetizing as these concoctions may sound, it is interesting to note that ancient Egyptians understood that effective tooth cleaning required abrasion.

The Romans and the Greeks used ingredients such as crushed bones and oyster shells in their tooth-cleaning powders. In an attempt to make their tooth-cleaning powders more palatable and more effective at combating bad breath, Romans added powdered bark and charcoal to their formulations.8 The Chinese and Indians were also creating tooth-cleaning powders at around 500 B.C. The Chinese added ginseng and herbal mints to their powders for flavor.9 Use of these tooth-cleaning powders continued until the 1800s when people began experimenting with new additives, such as soap10. In the 1850s, the first actual toothpaste was sold to consumers in jars. By 1873, it was mass-produced by Colgate.11

Today, there are seemingly endless varieties of toothpaste available to appeal to different consumer preferences while helping people to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The array of toothpastes consumers can choose from is enough to make one’s head spin: sensitivity protection, cavity protection, tartar control, plaque control, gum defense, enamel protection, enamel repair, multi-protection, whitening power, night protection, and clinical-strength. Not only do the varieties offer specific purposes, they also come in different consistencies—pastes, gels, liquid gels and even paste/gel combinations. In addition, consumers must decide between varieties that boast the addition or omission of various ingredients. There are toothpastes with mouthwash, baking soda, or peroxide added. Many of these are formulated with alcohol and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). In 2011, there were 353 varieties of toothpaste offered by retailers12. So, when it comes to choosing something that plays such a crucial role in the treatment of gum disease,  how do we know what to choose?

Preventing Gum Disease in the 21st Century

For healthy teeth and gums, it is smart to choose an alcohol-free, SLS-free product that promotes exceptional oral health by minimizing gum disease-causing bacteria within the mouth. Preventing gum disease the natural way begins with oral care products made by Dental Herb Company. Using only the purest and highest-quality natural ingredients, Dental Herb Company products are effective in helping to prevent gum disease when combined with regular flossing and dental hygiene maintenance. These alcohol-free, Truly Natural® products are the smartest choice for healthy teeth and gums.


  1. “History of Toothbrushes and Toothpastes.” Colgate.com. Colgate, 12 June 2006. Web. <http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Oral-Hygiene/Brushing-and-Flossing/article/History-of-Toothbrushes-and-Toothpastes.cvsp>.
  2. Blain, Rebecca. “Dental Hygiene, an Ancient Practice – The History of the Toothbrush.”Ezinearticles.com. Ezine Articles, n.d. Web. <http://ezinearticles.com/?Dental-Hygiene,-an-Ancient-Practice—The-History-of-the-Toothbrush&id=18906>.
  3. “The Toothbrush: An Oral Hygiene History.” Dentistry.com. Futuredontics, Inc., n.d. Web. <http://www.dentistry.com/daily-dental-care/dental-hygiene/the-toothbrush-an-oral-hygiene-history>.
  4. Connelly, D.D.S., Thomas P. “The History of Toothpaste: From 5000 BC to the Present.”The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 02 Sept. 2010. Web. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-p-connelly-dds/mouth-health-the-history-_b_702332.html>.

Holistic Dentistry: Natural Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Over the past decade, consumer interest in choosing natural alternative medicines and therapies has grown substantially. Holistic dentistry, also known as natural dentistry, is one area in particular that has become more popular. If you’re wondering whether holistic dentistry is the right choice for treating your periodontal disease, here’s what you need to know.

The main principle of holistic dentistry is to treat the patient as a whole, rather than just as a set of teeth. For example, the focus is not solely on the treatment of the symptoms of gingivitis and periodontal disease, but on the treatment of the underlying causes of the symptoms. By examining these underlying causes, symptoms can be eliminated in a way that is natural and minimally invasive.

Holistic dentists see all parts of the body as interconnected, and they believe that if an imbalance exists in one part of the body, it can lead to health problems in other parts. In short, oral health is connected to your overall health.  For example, numerous scientific studies have shown that inflammation caused by periodontal disease increases your risk for developing degenerative diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer1. Holistic dentists (also known as natural dentists) examine the diet and lifestyle of their patients, and explain to them how unwise choices can negatively impact the health of their teeth and gums. When it comes to treatment for periodontal disease, the goal of holistic dentistry is not to find a quick fix, but to promote preventative care along with a balanced diet to ensure long lasting oral health.

Holistic dentistry minimizes the amount of potentially harmful chemicals that we put into our body, such as the filling material in our teeth, chemicals found in commercial oral care products, and the food that we consume. These chemical additives can have a negative cumulative effect of which most individuals are largely unaware. Holistic dental treatments, proper daily oral hygiene, the use of all natural products, and a commitment to a healthy diet can all help to prevent periodontal disease.

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Cinnamon Bark

An essential oil that reduces bacteria, inflammation and irritation.

Dental Herb Company supports the field of holistic dentistry for its effectiveness in promoting excellent oral health. Routine dental cleanings and proper home care between visits can help people avoid periodontal surgery. Dental Herb Company Truly Natural products contain pure essential oils of red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint, as well as extracts of echinacea and gotu kola—all of which work synergistically to provide antimicrobial, tissue conditioning and anti-halitosis care for your teeth and gums.

Dental Herb Company products are available through thousands of dental and health professionals nationwide, as well as online. Ask your dentist about Dental Herb Company products so that you can experience the results for yourself.


  1. Goepp, Julius, MD. Optimal Oral Health Reduces Degenerative Diseases. Rep. Life Extension Magazine, July 2009. Web. <http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2009/jul2009_Optimal-Oral-Health-Reduces-Degenerative-Diseases_01.htm#>. 
  2. Hayley, Boyd, Ph.D. “The Relationship of Toxic Effects of Mercury to Exacerbation of the Medical Condition Classified as Alzheimer’s Disease.” Fda.gov. Food and Drug Administration, n.d. Web. <http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/02/Sep02/091602/80027dd5.pdf>.

Is There a Natural Treatment for Gum Disease?

The majority of dental researchers agree that gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection, and the body’s natural inflammatory response is responsible for causing damage to the soft tissue and bone in the mouth. Inflammation is a critical part of the body’s self-defense system, as it sends out cells and chemicals that start the process of repairing and healing the underlying infection, injury or disease. However, when there is chronic inflammation, such as in the case of gum disease, it begins to work against the body.

Over the past century, dental care has primarily emphasized treatment of existing gum disease through the use of systemic antibiotics and antimicrobial mouthwashes. While effective on a short-term basis, the eventual result is that our bodies develop a resistance to the antibiotics found in our mouth care products. The good news is that we have other options available to us that are just as effective in helping to prevent and treat gum disease that are 100% natural.

Essential oils extracted from plants have been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of medical ailments. There have been a surge of clinical research studies exhibiting the beneficial and powerful effects that essential oils can have on our health, and the field of dentistry has begun to shift its focus accordingly toward natural oral care alternatives. Research has shown that microorganisms, like those found in the mouth that contribute to gum disease, “do not appear to develop tolerance or resistance to the antibacterial effects of essential oils”1 and that their power as antimicrobial agents does not weaken over time.

Dental Herb Company offers all natural oral hygiene products that use precisely calculated proportions of the highest quality pure essential oils and botanicals to help maintain healthy teeth and gums. These unique product formulations, which took over two decades to perfect, were developed by a dentist with advanced education and training in therapeutic herbology and holistic health. Available through dental offices and online, this family of all natural oral care solutions comprises of Tooth & Gums Tonic®, Tooth & Gums Essentials Toothpaste®, PerioSpot Gel®, Under the Gums Irrigant® and Tooth & Gums Spritz®. The extraordinary effectiveness of Dental Herb Company products is due to the unique way in which they are formulated. The products work most effectively in the prevention and treatment of gum diseases when combined with daily oral hygiene maintenance including flossing, brushing, and rinsing along with regular dental exams and cleanings.

What causes gum disease to worsen?

Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults, but it is typically avoidable by simply practicing proper oral hygiene and getting regular professional dental care. Gum disease is the result of a bacterial infection caused by plaque buildup that irritates and destroys the gum tissue and damages the bones that support the teeth. As plaque continues to build up, it forms a hard substance called tartar, which further exacerbates gum inflammation and deterioration. There are many other factors which can contribute to the severity of gum disease, such as diabetes, smoking, poor diet, certain medications, poor oral hygiene and even pregnancy.2

There are several stages of gum disease, and in order to prevent each one from worsening it is imperative to treat it accordingly and in a timely manner. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and the symptoms are mild and include red, puffy and bleeding gums during brushing or flossing. At this stage the bone that holds the teeth is still healthy, and a professional cleaning will reverse tissue damage. The next stage of gum disease is called periodontitis, when the gums begin to detach from the teeth, pockets form, and damage to the underlying bone begins to occur. Once pockets have formed, plaque begins to accumulate there, making it very difficult to control further tooth and gum decay. In its most advanced stage, gum disease can completely destroy the underlying bone resulting in tooth loss.

Prevention is the best treatment for gum disease, and neglecting to practice proper dental care, including regular dental exams, carries very serious, and very real, consequences.

Is reversing gum disease possible through the use of herbal products?

Regardless of the stage of gum disease one is experiencing, the most important factor when it comes to keeping it in check is to regularly visit a dentist who can remove plaque and tartar buildup, help to repair existing damage and reduce the risk of future damage. No dental care product can replace the necessity for regular professional cleanings, but there are major advantages to cleaning your teeth and gums with natural herbal alternatives in between visits.

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A soothing essential oil that helps heal damaged tissue.

The anti-inflammatory properties of certain botanical oils are ideal for soothing painful and irritated gum tissues, and their superior antimicrobial qualities make them incredibly effective in treating, rather than just masking, bad breath. Dental Herb Company offers a complete system that assists in the treatment of gum disease by using pure essential oils that have powerful antimicrobial properties, such as red thyme, cinnamon bark, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, echinacea, gotu kola and green tea. Dental Herb Company products, available through dentists nationwide and directly online, can help to reduce, eliminate and prevent the buildup of bacteria that causes gum disease. Now that is truly something to smile about!


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What is Gingivitis? And How to Treat Gingivitis Naturally

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that is caused by plaque buildup around the teeth, and though it is not destructive, it is still considered to be the precursor to gum disease (periodontitis). Practicing proper dental care and regularly visiting the dentist are necessary in order to prevent this oral condition from progressing into one that can be detrimental to the overall health of your gums and teeth.

The bacteria in plaque convert carbohydrates from the food that we eat into acid that can lead to cavities and gum irritation, and so it is imperative to brush, rinse and floss regularly in order to remove the food particles and plaque that is hiding between your teeth. Irritation caused by plaque can cause the gums to become red, swollen, and sore and sometimes even bleed, and if left untreated, gingivitis can continue to advance to serious stages of periodontal disease. Not only can gum disease cause uncomfortable and unsightly symptoms, many researchers, including those from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, believe that there is a strong connection between poor oral health and heart disease.1

The Dental Herb Company offers an effective, all natural way to reduce oral bacteria and maintain healthy teeth and gums. The family of powerful antimicrobial products is comprised of five different mouth care products that contain precisely calculated formulations of pure essential oils and organically-grown herbs that research has proven to have antimicrobial, tissue conditioning, connective tissue rebuilding and anti-halitosis abilities.2 The integrated herbal protocol is most effective when combined with regular flossing and dental hygiene maintenance. When practiced as directed, this method of therapeutic and preventative oral therapy can reduce the buildup of destructive microorganisms that can lead to gum disease.

What you should know about natural treatment for gingivitis

You can reverse gingivitis with the help of a dental professional and good oral care at home, so if you are experiencing symptoms such as red, swollen or bleeding gums, you can rest assured that, with a little dedication, it is a relatively simple fix.

The treatment for gingivitis consists of removing existing plaque and reducing the amount of oral bacteria so that it does not accumulate and lead to further inflammation. There is growing evidence that choosing a natural treatment plan is the healthiest and most effective way of controlling microorganisms that impair oral health. Using natural oral care products is just as important as maintaining a healthy diet when it comes to contributing to our overall health. Each time we brush our teeth, we ingest small amounts of the ingredients in our toothpaste, and many commercial toothpastes are loaded with additives that are potentially dangerous. Most toothpaste contains fluoride, triclosan, and sodium lauryl sulfate, which are all ingredients that are far from benign. Triclosan is an antibiotic and antimicrobial agent that can not only lead to bacterial resistance, but negatively impact thyroid hormone concentrations as well.3 Sodium lauryl sulfate is added to create the foaming action that we associate with toothpaste, but it can dry out the protective mucous lining of the mouth and cause canker sores.4

It is no secret that continuous and frequent exposure to antibiotics of any kind can easily result in an increased bacterial resistance and decreased efficacy, and this fact holds true when it comes to regular toothpaste. Natural tooth care products, such as those produced by Dental Herb Company are notable not only for of their lack of toxic chemicals, but because research has shown that microorganisms do not seem to develop a tolerance or resistance to the antibacterial effects of essential oils.5

Look to your dentist for the very best gingivitis remedy

Nothing can replace the importance of regular trips to your dentist when it comes to oral health, but there are some options to consider when it comes to exceptional maintenance in between visits. The 100% natural products from Dental Herb Company includes a Tooth & Gums Tonic®,  Tooth & Gums Essentials® ToothpastePerioSpot® Under the Gums Irrigant® and a Tooth & Gums Spritz.® These products work together to restore and maintain your oral health through the use of essential oils and organic herbs. Dental Herb Company products are made with precisely calculated proportions of the highest quality ingredients, and are available online and through dental and health professionals who have evaluated of their efficacy and recommend these products to their patients.


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  3. “Triclosan Facts.” EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, Mar. 2010. Web. http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/REDs/factsheets/triclosan_fs.htm
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What is Periodontal Disease?

Facts About What Causes Periodontal Disease: The Most Common Risk Factors

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic inflammation of the gums that is caused by a buildup of bacteria-laden plaque that irritates the gum tissue. The mildest form of periodontal disease is gingivitis which, if left untreated, can eventually result in the development of periodontitis—the most serious form of gum disease and the leading cause of tooth loss in adults 35 and older.1 The most common risk factors for developing this disease2 are:

  • A family history of periodontal disease
  • Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, menstruation, puberty and menopause
  • Illnesses and diseases that interfere with proper immune functioning such as diabetes
  • Poor lifestyle habits, such as maintaining an unhealthy diet, smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Improper daily oral care and neglecting to have regular professional cleanings
  • Certain medications that reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth

When not treated properly, toxins that are produced by plaque, in combination with the body’s constant inflammatory response, can lead to a breakdown of the connective and bone tissue that are responsible for holding the teeth in place to the point where the gum tissue and bone can become irrevocably damaged.

The good news is that the best treatment for periodontal disease is prevention—and it’s simply a matter of practicing good habits when it comes to your oral hygiene. Dental Herb Company offers oral care products made with the highest quality pure essential oils and organic herbs instead of the harsh chemicals found in most oral care products. When used as an integrated herbal protocol along with regular flossing and dental hygiene maintenance, Dental Herb Company products help fight bacteria that can cause gingivitis and lead to more serious gum diseases. If your gums are more red and puffy than normal or you have noticed bleeding when brushing or flossing, the Dental Herb products can help to reduce bacteria and prevent periodontal disease from progressing.

How natural treatment for periodontal disease plays a key role in a healthy lifestyle

There are many health benefits to using natural dental care products over commercial varieties, and consumers are increasingly becoming aware of this fact and making the switch. Herbal mouth care products are made from ingredients that are naturally occurring rather than those that are produced in a laboratory. Studies have shown that since microorganisms do not develop a tolerance to the antibacterial effects of the essential oils used in herbal toothpastes and mouth rinses, they are even more effective in preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease than commercial toothpaste that relies on toxic antibiotics like triclosan to kill germs.

The increase in consumer demand for organic and natural products has now extended beyond dietary staples and into the dental care aisle. People are looking for additional ways in which they can eliminate artificial ingredients and chemicals from their diets, and changing their brand of toothpaste is an effective way to limit toxins that have the potential to have long-term negative accumulative effects on the body. The majority of commercial toothpastes contain fluoride because of its cavity-fighting properties, but it can be highly toxic in large doses, especially for young children. In fact, in 2009 there were over 23,000 calls to poison control regarding fluoride toxicity from toothpaste.3 These toothpastes also contain the detergent sodium lauryl sulfate, which damages the protective mucous lining of your mouth and can exacerbate bad breath and lead to canker sores. In addition, many of the artificial dyes and sweeteners that are added to these over-the-counter oral care products have been linked to behavioral and other health problems.4

Of course, one of the last places you’d expect to find pesticides, cancer-causing chemicals, and toxic additives that have been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease is in your medicine cabinet. Sadly, all of these toxins and questionable additives are found in the majority of commercial toothpaste brands5. You brush your teeth with the intention of keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but while you are doing this, are you exposing your body to a cocktail of toxins? The potential for long-term consequences that can result from an accumulation of these chemicals is cause for concern and reason enough to make the switch to 100% natural tooth care products. 

Prevent periodontal disease by paying attention to the warning signs and practicing proper oral care

In order to fight gingivitis and prevent it from worsening, it is imperative that you brush, rinse and floss your teeth regularly in order to reduce the amount of plaque build up under the gum line. One of the best ways to boost your oral hygiene routine is to use natural products, such as those made by Dental Herb Company.

Dental Herb Company products are made with precisely calculated proportions of the finest quality pure essential oils and organically grown herbs to work synergistically in reducing oral bacteria and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. The unique Tooth & Gums System includes a Tooth & Gums Tonic®,  Tooth & Gums Essentials® ToothpastePerioSpot Gel® Under the Gums Irrigant® and a Tooth & Gums Spritz.® These products provide the greatest results when used together. Dental Herb Company products are available through thousands of dental and health professionals nationwide, and are also available online.  Dental Herb Company natural oral care products can help combat bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. Ask your dentist about Dental Herb Company or order some for yourself so that you can experience the benefits of heathier teeth and gums!


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  2. “Gingivitis.” Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, n.d. Web. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/gingivitis/hic_gingivitis.aspx
  3. “Dental Products.” Fluoridealert.org. Fluoride Action Network, n.d. Web. http://www.fluoridealert.org/issues/dental-products/toothpastes/
  4. Baker, Scott. “The 5 Hidden Dangers In Toothpaste.” Down With Basics. Down With Basics, 3 July 2011. Web. http://downwithbasics.com/the-5-hidden-dangers-in-toothpaste
  5. Turnbull, Philippa. “The Dangers of Toothpaste and Deodorant.” Positivehealth.com. Positive Health Online, n.d. Web. http://www.positivehealth.com/article/environmental/the-dangers-of-toothpaste-and-deodorant