From Pregnancy to Menopause: How Hormones Affect Oral Health

From puberty to the first menstruation cycle, and from pregnancy to menopause, women go through significant hormonal changes during their lifetime. While some of these changes are expected and understood, many women may be surprised to learn just how much these same hormonal transitions can impact their gums, teeth, and overall oral health.

Hormonal life stages

Gingivitis is a recurring theme at each milestone during a woman’s life. It is, therefore, important  to have a basic understanding of this condition. Gingivitis is an initial stage of gum disease caused by an over-accumulation of plaque along the gumline and on the teeth. Gingivitis symptoms include inflamed gums (red and swollen in appearance), soreness, and bleeding during brushing and/or flossing. If gingivitis progresses without proper treatment, it can lead to periodontitis—a more serious condition linked to soft tissue and bone damage, and possible tooth loss. Fortunately, gingivitis can be treated effectively with proper dental care in each hormonal life stage.


There is a correlation between an increased prevalence of gingivitis and increased levels of sex hormones that occur during puberty. In addition, there may also be a nodular overgrowth reaction of the gingiva (gums) in areas that come into contact with food debris, plaque, and calculus deposits.1 With red and swollen gums, bleeding may occur easily during brushing.

In addition to elevated levels of hormones, the lifestyle habits of younger adults increase the risk for gingivitis. Adolescents are more likely to wear braces than older adults (making it harder to floss and thoroughly clean the teeth and gumline), and are more likely to drink and/or eat sugary foods – without follow-up brushing. This extra plaque build-up can be a breeding ground for gingivitis.


Gum sensitivity and changes during menstrual cycles vary, with some women experiencing no gingival changes during this monthly hormonal shift, while other women report swollen and bleeding gums a few days before their period. This gum discomfort typically goes away once the menstrual flow begins,1 however, special care can be taken to alleviate oral inflammation during this time. It should also be noted that women taking the contraceptive Pill, an artificial steroid drug, may have decreased immune system functioning2 which in turn may affect one’s oral health.


Gingivitis occurs in about 60 to 75 percent of all pregnant women. Hormones during pregnancy can exaggerate the inflammatory response to local irritants, like plaque, causing gums to become swollen and bleed more easily during this intense (and prolonged) hormonal surge.1

Some pregnant women state that gingival changes begin around the second month of gestation and peak in the eighth month.1 Others report that after gradually building in intensity throughout the pregnancy, gingivitis is at its worst during the third trimester. Gingivitis gains momentum during pregnancy as the plasma level of progesterone and estrogen levels rise.3 While these hormones (and the prevalence of gingivitis) decline after childbirth in the postpartum phase, often, the gums will not immediately transition back into their pre-pregnancy state. More significantly, periodontal disease during pregnancy may increase the risk factor for delivering a pre-term low birth weight (PLBW) baby.1

Another rare oral health condition called pregnancy tumors (a.k.a. “epulis gravidarum” or “pregnancy granuloma”) affects up to 10 percent of pregnant women. According to the American Dental Association, “a pregnancy tumor classically starts to develop in an area of an inflammatory process. Poor oral hygiene is invariably present, and often there are deposits of plaque or calculus on the teeth adjacent to the lesion. The gingiva enlarges in a nodular fashion to give rise to the clinical mass.”1 While the lesion typically shrinks or goes away in the postpartum phase, women should see their doctor and dentist for diagnosis and treatment.


Perimenopause starts on average around the age of 47. Most women in the United States officially enter menopause around age of 51. Women who smoke or are thinner than average, may experience menopause even earlier.1

While hot flashes and night sweats are the most common menopausal symptoms, many women experience oral discomfort with these hormonal changes. Symptoms range from dry mouth and burning sensations, to taste perception. The gums may appear dry and shiny, range in color (from pale to red), and may bleed easily.1  While dry mouth is more common with age, and may occur due to medications prescribed during menopause, dry mouth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

Naturally occurring hormonal changes that usher aging women into menopause can affect bones and the development of osteoporosis. Loss of bone, specifically in the jaw, can lead to tooth loss. Receding gums can be a sign of bone loss in the jawbone. Receding gums also expose more of the tooth surface to potential tooth decay.”4

Gum disease treatment during hormonal shifts

Hormonal changes can leave gums and teeth vulnerable to infection if the initial problem is left untreated. Preventing gum disease begins with proper oral hygiene. Women should establish a consistent and dedicated routine that includes brushing and flossing after every meal (including snacks), replacing toothbrushes at least every 3-4 months, and visiting the dentist every 6 months. Women should discuss any gum and tooth concerns with their dentists as well as any health changes (like a life phase transition) that may have occurred between visits.

Since gums can be sensitive during peak hormonal times, women can benefit from using natural, alcohol-free oral care products. Professional strength Truly Natural® Dental Herb Company products are made with herbal extracts that provide a gentle and effective treatment for gum disease without harsh chemicals that can further aggravate gum tissue. Dental Herb Company products are completely safe for use during pregnancy, and regular use helps maintain healthy oral tissues long term.

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 rebuild and condition gum tissue, reduce oral bacteria, and soothe oral irritation. When looking for a powerful and effective all-natural way to help prevent gum disease, choose Tooth & Gums Tonic® by Dental Herb Company, available for purchase online.


  1. “Oral Health Care Series: Women’s Oral Health Issues.” American Dental Association Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations; November 2006.
  2. Sellman, Sherrill, Hormone Heresy, Bridger House Publishers, Inc. 2009
  3. Nayak R1, Choudhury GK, Prakash S, Deshpande S, Ashok KP, Spoorthi BR. “The role of plasma female sex hormones on gingivitis in pregnancy: a clinicobiochemical study.” J Contemp Dent Pract. 2012 Nov 1;13(6):760-3.
  4. “Hormones and Health,” WebMD.

Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Scientists have long been aware of a connection between gum disease and systemic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. A new growing body of evidence now appears to link gum disease to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While the evidence is not conclusive, a strong correlation between the two exists.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the joints by causing pain, stiffness, and inflammation. It currently affects .5% to 1% of the global population.1 Periodontal disease is also a chronic inflammatory condition; it primarily affects gum tissue. Evidence from one study states that over 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease, yet most people are unaware they have it.2 Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is typically marked by noticeably inflamed gums, as well as soreness and/or bleeding during brushing or flossing. If not treated, plaque accumulates at the gum line, causing further inflammation and gum recession. When the tissue of the pockets surrounding the teeth is damaged, harmful bacteria have access to the bloodstream—which in turn can cause serious problems in other parts of the body.3

Researchers have found a substantial increase in the prevalence of gum disease in patients with RA compared to those without it. In addition, the incidence of RA is higher in those with gum disease than those without.1 Statistics from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) explain the connection between the two chronic ailments based on several key factors. Both gum disease and arthritis result from an inflammatory response, and both are characterized by an overgrowth of bacteria that release toxins destructive to supporting tissues. People affected by both diseases exhibit more anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA), which increase bodily inflammation and exacerbate both conditions.4

Of the 20 bacterial species identified as periodontal pathogens, all are linked to gum disease. The most studied is Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis).1 Researchers from Germany’s Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg recently examined samples of synovial fluid (the fluid within joint capsules) from 42 patients with RA and found DNA matching oral bacteria—P. gingivalis in particular. The study concluded that those with RA are approximately 4.5 times more likely to have P. gingivalis bacteria in their synovial fluid than those without arthritis. Furthermore, they discovered that RA patients were 12 times more likely to have oral infections from P. gingivalis.5 Another study found that arthritis patients displayed a considerable increase in the levels of gingivitis bacteria, and the severity of gum disease correlated with the severity of the arthritis.7

What is the best gum disease treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis?

Oral health is interconnected with one’s overall health. And while the scientific community is in agreement regarding the connection between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis, the exact relationship between these two destructive chronic inflammatory diseases is unknown. It is known that systemic diseases (which includes arthritis) are accompanied by an increase in the severity of gum disease6 because oral infections create a pathway for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This can elicit an inflammatory response elsewhere7 in the body. And even though plaque buildup is recognized as one of the primary causes of periodontal disease, the progression of the disease is largely dependent on the overall strength of the subject’s immune functioning.8 According to the American Academy of Periodontology, the presence of gum disease can be an indicator of several forms of systemic diseases including RA.9

It is unknown whether gum disease precedes RA or RA precedes gum disease. What is known is that it is extremely important to take oral care seriously if you have arthritis. Regular dental visits are a must. In fact, some health professionals recommend those with RA have as many as four annual cleanings, as research suggests that treating dental problems early on will result in decreased symptoms in patients with severe arthritis.10 One study showed that reversing gum disease through professional dental care actually decreased RA sufferers’ overall pain level, number of swollen joints, and morning stiffness.10

Finding a natural treatment for gum disease

Increasing public awareness of the connection between gum disease and systemic diseases like arthritis is important from a holistic perspective. Brushing and flossing regularly, and using all natural gum disease treatment products are key to oral health. Natural toothpastes and mouth rinses both clean and heal inflammation safely and effectively. The ingredients in Dental Herb Company’s line of oral care products are completely natural and proven to be effective in combating harmful bacteria, reducing inflammation and eliminating bad breath. Pure essential oils and organic herbal extracts work synergistically to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and they’re a great alternative to the chemical products lining most commercial shelves. The best natural remedy for gum disease, lasting oral health and a reduced risk for systemic diseases is preventative care. Commit to better oral care today.


  1. Ogrendik, Mesut. “Rheumatoid Arthritis Is an Autoimmune Disease Caused by Periodontal Pathogens.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 24 May 2013. Web. <>.
  2. “Gingivitis- In-Depth Report.” New York Times, n.d. Web. <>.
  3. “Joint Failures Potentially Linked to Oral Bacteria.” ScienceDaily, 18 Apr. 2012. Web. <>.
  4. Pablo, P., T. Dietrich, and TE McAlindon. “Association of Periodontal Disease and Tooth Loss with Rheumatoid Arthritis in the US Population.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. <>.
  5. Adams, Case. “Arthritis Linked to Gingivitis Bacteria.” GreenMedInfo, n.d. Web. <>.
  6. Chi, Angela C., DMD, Brad W. Neville, DDS, Joe W. Krayer, DDS, and Wanda C. Gonsalves, MD. “Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease.” American Family Physician, n.d. Web. <>.
  7. Gude, Dilip, Rekha Rani Koduganti, Surya J. Prasanna, and Lakshmi Radhika Pothini. “Mouth: A Portal to the Body.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, 03 May 2006. Web.
  8. Kinane, DF. “Periodontitis Modified by Systemic Factors.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. <>.
  9. “Diagnosis of Periodontal Diseases.” Journal of Periodontology 74 (2003): University of Minnesota. Web. <>
  10. “Treating Gum Disease Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers.” ScienceDaily, 29 May 2009. Web. <>.

Natural Oral Care Products: A Treatment for Gingivitis?

According to The New York Times “Gingivitis In-Depth Report,” more than 75% of American adults have some form of gum disease, although most are unaware of it.1 Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that impacts the supportive gum and tissue around the teeth. Gingivitis is one of the first stages of periodontal disease, and it specifically affects the gums. If gingivitis progresses without treatment, it can transition into periodontitis. In this most aggressive stage, the bone and connective tissues become so badly damaged that tooth loss often results.

Before exploring the steps to reverse gingivitis (including natural treatment for gingivitis), it is important to understand this disease and its risk factors. What causes gingivitis? The condition begins with bacteria. While every healthy mouth has plenty of harmless bacteria, the balance shifts when bacteria becomes more substantial and thicker. This new sticky substance, known as plaque, is actually a barrier against bacteria to a point. However, when excessive plaque accumulates, it adheres to the teeth and gums, causing infection. The plaque turns into tartar, a rock-hard calculus that sits on the tooth surface and is difficult to remove. In either case, plaque and/or tartar contribute to gingivitis. Symptoms include red, swollen, and inflamed gums that may bleed during flossing and/or brushing. Gingivitis is often the cause of persistent bad breath (halitosis) as well.

While certain people may be more prone to gingivitis based on family history or hormonal changes (i.e. pregnancy can aggravate existing gingivitis around the second month and peak in the eighth month), the risk for this condition is typically dependent on oral hygiene habits and lifestyle choices. Even meal decisions can make a difference. Some foods, especially those high in sugar, can increase mouth acidity, making it an ideal environment for bacterial growth. If this acidic residue is not removed quickly enough through brushing or flossing, the residual bacteria can contribute to a higher risk for periodontal disease. Other possible contributors to gingivitis include poor oral hygiene habits, poorly contoured fillings or crowns, tooth abnormalities, wisdom teeth and various lifestyle choices including—but not limited to—diet, smoking, and substance abuse. Since gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and subsequently possible tooth loss, treatment for gingivitis needs to be immediate.

Will a natural treatment for gingivitis work?

Herbal medicine can be traced back as early as 3,000 B.C. to ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings which describe medicinal uses for plants. During the “Golden Age of Herbalism,” which occurred between the 15th and 17th centuries, herbal plant remedies were used for a variety of ailments and disease.2 In the early 19th century, scientists took advantage of chemical analysis, extracting and modifying active plant ingredients. Today, botanicals are used in almost one fourth of all pharmaceutical drugs. Additionally, the World Health Organization recently estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care.3

Of the many dental products on the market today, many contain synthetic or chemical ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Triclosan. SLS is a foaming agent that can be irritating to certain people, with some dental research linking it to increased gingival blood flow as well as mucosal irritations.4 Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently taking another close look at Triclosan, an ingredient designed to prevent bacterial contamination.5 Because the long-term impact of Triclosan is unknown, many consumers are looking for natural herb-based oral health care products.

Antibiotics are typically prescribed for the treatment of gingivitis, but these medicines can cause microorganisms to develop a resistance to the antibiotics, resulting in a more potent and dangerous bacteria. A natural treatment for gingivitis is an effective alternative therapy, as research suggests that microorganisms don’t develop the same tolerance or resistance to the antibacterial effects of essential oils used in natural oral health care products.6

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Gotu Kola

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

Essential oils used in natural oral care products have numerous beneficial properties. Herbs are specifically known for their ability to stimulate the body, enhance surface circulation, reduce inflammation, and soothe irritation.7 For example, natural oral products containing gotu kola (Centella asiatica) enhance connective tissue rebuilding, while products containing pure essential oil of lavender and vegetable glycerine soothe and condition tissues during healing. Herbal remedies, backed by extensive research supporting their safety and effectiveness with tooth and gum problems, are a smart choice to help reverse gingivitis.

Dental Herb Company’s Natural Oral Health Care Products

Dental Herb Company believes that healthy teeth and gums can be achieved through the use of high quality all natural products along with proper oral care. The Tooth & Gums formula is the result of two decades of research and development. The all-natural essential oils and organic herbal extracts work synergistically to offer antimicrobial protection, tissue conditioning, and connective tissue rebuilding to aid in the treatment for gingivitis.

The Dental Herb Company oral care products are alcohol-free and particularly beneficial for those with special oral care needs. Mouth sensitivity and a higher susceptibility to infection are common among diabetics, especially for those who have recently undergone gum surgery or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

Choosing natural, herbal-based toothpaste and alcohol-free mouthwash is a safe solution to help reduce oral irritation, reverse gingivitis and enhance healing. Restore and maintain your oral health with the all-natural efficacy of Dental Herb Company Truly Natural products for Healthy Teeth and Gums. To help prevent and treat gingivitis, focus on smart lifestyle choices, brush and floss often, follow a healthy diet that is rich in vitamin C (known to positively impact oral health), and have regular dental cleanings and check-ups as recommended.


  2. Baqai, Rasheed A., Grace Chia-Huei Chin, Eric Dashofy, Ron R. Katzir, Julie C. Reyes, and Chuan Wong. “Herbs: A Glimpse into Its Long History.” University of California, Irvine, n.d. Web. <>.
  6. Meeker HG, Linke HAB. The antibacterial action of eugenol, thyme oil, and related essential oils used in dentistry. Compend. 1998;9(1):32-40.
  7. Stay, Flora P., DDS. “Integrative Dentistry: Herbal Therapy in Dentistry.” HealthWorld, n.d. Web. <>.

Can Your Diet Help Prevent Periodontal Disease?

It’s a misconception that taking care of your oral health simply means practicing good hygiene habits. While it is true that regular brushing and flossing in combination with routine professional cleanings are of utmost importance, the health of your teeth and gums involves much more. Your gums are a reliable reflection of your overall health, and they suffer if there are any nutritional deficiencies in your diet. When considering the best course of action to fight off periodontal disease, get to the root of the problem by adopting a whole body approach.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to allowing your bodily systems to thrive. When everything is functioning as it should, your natural defenses against all forms of illness and inflammation are substantially strengthened. Healthy gum tissue is less likely to allow penetration of gingivitis-causing bacteria. Adhering to a well-balanced diet is one of the best things you can do to help ensure exceptional oral health.

Natural Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that assists in repairing connective tissue and regenerating bone—both of which are important to gum health. A deficiency of vitamin C is sometimes linked to the development of periodontal disease. A study in the Journal of Periodontology showed just how important this vitamin is to oral health. Researchers examined 12,419 American adults and found that those who consumed less than the daily recommended value (60mg/day) of Vitamin C were one-and-a-half times more likely to develop severe gingivitis than those who consumed more than 180mg per day.1

Vitamin D is another nutrient that is crucial to good oral health because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers at Boston University looked at the correlation between vitamin D intake and gingivitis and found that those with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood were less susceptible to developing gum inflammation.2

The antioxidant coenzyme Q10 is another beneficial nutrient to have in your diet, and it is primarily found in fish, meat, and in the germs of whole grains. A study from Osaka University in Japan provided evidence that a deficiency of the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 in the diet could be a contributing factor in the development of periodontal disease. The three-week study examined the effects of applying a topical coenzyme Q10 on gum tissue and demonstrated reductions in both inflammation and infection.3

It is clear that a diet rich in antioxidants is beneficial for a healthy mouth, but it is also important to make sure to get plenty of whole grains and calcium. Whole-grain foods are believed to play a role in the prevention of periodontal disease by reducing the overall amount of bodily inflammation.4  Calcium is critical in strengthening bone mass below the gum line and reducing the amount of decay caused by bacteria. Conversely, inadequate levels of dietary calcium cause periodontal disease to worsen.5

Dietary guidelines and tips that can boost your oral health and help prevent periodontal disease

  • Consume plenty of foods rich in vitamin C
  • Increase your intake of organic vegetables
  • Choose whole-grain products over those made with white flour
  • Get plenty of calcium, either through low-fat dairy products or dark, leafy greens
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid sodas and sugary drinks
  • Brush your teeth and floss at least twice a day
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products
  • Choose all-natural oral care products over commercial brands

Consuming a well-balanced diet in conjunction with good hygiene habits is the best choice when it comes to natural treatment for periodontal disease. A well-balanced diet equips your body with the tools that it needs to effectively fight against infection and inflammation throughout the body, including in your mouth. All-natural oral care products like those made by Dental Herb Company are another important tool in the fight against periodontal disease. Dental Herb Company products are made from the highest quality essential oils and herbal extracts, and proven to be effective in maintaining optimal oral health. Integrate these natural oral care solutions into your healthier lifestyle and see what a difference choosing the natural path can make.


  1. J Periodontol. 2000 Aug;71(8):1215-23. Dietary vitamin C and the risk for periodontal disease. Nishida M, Grossi SG, Dunford RG, Ho AW, Trevisan M, Genco RJ.
  2. Dietrich, T., M. Nunn, B. Dawson-Hughes, and HA Bischoff-Ferrari. “Association between Serum Concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and Gingival Inflammation.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 82 (2005): 575-80.Http:// U.S. National Library of Medicine. Web. <>.
  3. Effect of topical application of coenzyme Q10 on adult periodontitis Mol Aspects Med. 1994;15 Suppl:s241-8. Effect of topical application of coenzyme Q10 on adult periodontitis. Hanioka T, Tanaka M, Ojima M, Shizukuishi S, Folkers K.
  4. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jun;83(6):1395-400. Whole-grain and fiber intakes and periodontitis risk in men. Merchant AT, Pitiphat W, Franz M, Joshipura KJ.
  5. J Periodontol. 2000 Jul;71(7):1057-66. Calcium and the risk for periodontal disease. Nishida M, Grossi SG, Dunford RG, Ho AW, Trevisan M, Genco RJ

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. <>. 
  2. Hayley, Boyd, Ph.D. “The Relationship of Toxic Effects of Mercury to Exacerbation of the Medical Condition Classified as Alzheimer’s Disease.” Food and Drug Administration, n.d. Web. <>.

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!


  1.  Meeker HG, Linke HAB. The antibacterial action of eugenol, thyme oil, and other related essential oils used in dentistry. Compend. 1998;9(1):32-40
  2. “Gum Disease: A Guide to Periodontal Disease.” California Dental Association, n.d. Web.

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.
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  5. Meeker HG, Linke HAB. The antibacterial action of eugenol, thyme oil, and other related essential oils used in dentistry. Compend. 1998;9(1):32-40 

What Causes Gingivitis and What are the Telltale Symptoms?

Gingivitis, caused by plaque buildup around the teeth, is the mildest form of gum disease, and gum disease is easily reversible with proper oral care at home and with regular professional cleanings. Healthy gums are pink, firm and they don’t bleed, so if your gums are redder and puffier than normal and they bleed during brushing and/or flossing, there is a high probability that you have gingivitis. Recent research released by the Journal of Dental Research estimates that 47 percent of Americans aged 30 and older has some form of gum disease.1 If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into more serious forms of gum disease that have the potential to result in irreversible damage, such as tooth loss.

You should make an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth cleaned and checked if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Bright red, reddish-purple or shiny gums
  • Gums that are sore to the touch
  • Persistent bad breath that does not go away
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Mouth sores

Dentists are best able to remove the plaque buildup that causes gum inflammation, and in combination with good oral care habits like regular brushing and flossing in between visits, you can easily prevent gingivitis from progressing to periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to the more serious stages of periodontal disease. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that flossing is enough, although its importance in gum health is invaluable. Even if your teeth are sparkling after you brush, there are still decaying food particles and plaque forming at the gum line that are not visible to the naked eye. Daily brushing, rinsing and flossing are the only way that you can ensure you are removing these bacteria in order to prevent the gum tissue from becoming inflamed. In addition to this daily dental hygiene regimine, consider using a natural treatment for gingivitis, such as the Tooth & Gums System offered by Dental Herb Company. All Dental Herb Company products are blended with precise formulations of the purest essential oils and alcohol-free extracts of organically grown herbs, and have been proven to reduce oral bacteria and provide long lasting results.

Oral health care and natural alternatives for the treatment of gingivitis

In the 1890s, fluoride was first added to toothpaste for its cavity fighting abilities, though its popularity in mouth care products did not become apparent until the 1950s.2 Since that time, studies on fluoride have revealed that it is a highly toxic additive that carries with it a laundry list of negative potential health consequences such as arthritis, gastrointestinal effects, brain effects, kidney disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, endocrine disruption and acute toxicity.3 Despite this, fluoride is still used in most commercial oral care products, as well as a variety of other toxins such as sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, food dyes and artificial sweeteners. Improving your oral health at the expense of your overall well being is counterproductive. Natural oral care products such as those offered by Dental Herb Company are a safe and healthy choice for consumers.

When it comes to natural oral care products, some might believe that they aren’t as effective as their alternatives. Some might feel that chemicals are essential in order to properly clean, and that natural products are just not potent enough. The truth of the matter is that modern clinical research has demonstrated the antimicrobial benefits of essential oils and organically grown herbs such as those used in Dental Herb Company products.

The most effective ways to reverse gingivitis and prevent periodontitis

Dental Herb Company natural oral care products contain essential oils and herbs that help fight oral bacteria and maintain a healthy, good-looking smile. Many studies have shown that our bodies naturally develop a resistance to antibiotics when there is frequent exposure and overuse. This natural resistance to antibiotics includes those found in commercial toothpaste as well. The good news is that microorganisms do not appear to develop a resistance or tolerance to the antibacterial effects of essential oils.4 Not only are natural oral care products an effective gingivitis remedy compared with other over-the-counter options, their antimicrobial qualities, in combination with their aromatic scent and structure make them a better choice as a long-lasting remedy for bad breath.5 Whereas most products contain alcohol, which can dry out the mouth, Dental Herb Company products use oils which cling to damaged tissue and promote healing.

Truly Natural® Ingredients


An essential oil that provides overall protection by reducing oral bacteria and inflammation.

Dental Herb Company products are made with precisely calculated formulations of the highest quality ingredients including organically-grown herb extracts like peppermint, lavender, red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, echinacea, gotu kola and green tea. The 100% natural antimicrobial solutions from Dental Herb Company include: Tooth & Gums Tonic®,  Tooth & Gums Essentials® ToothpastePerioSpot Gel® , Under the Gums Irrigant® and a Tooth & Gums Spritz® that all work together to restore and maintain your oral health. The result is an incredibly powerful and effective treatment for penetrating the mucous membrane and improving the health of the teeth, gums, and mouth. Available online and through thousands of dentists and health professionals nationwide.


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  2. Church, Meredith. “History of Toothpaste.” Helium. Helium, 15 June 2012. Web.
  3. “Fluoride & Health.” Fluoride Action Network, n.d. Web.
  4. Meeker HG, Linke HAB. The antibacterial action of eugenol, thyme oil, and other related essential oils used in dentistry. Compend. 1998;9(1):32-40
  5. Schechter, Bernard, DDS. “Time Tested Botanical Remedies for Modern Periodontal Therapy.” Dentistry Today Oct. 1998: n. pag. Web.