From our book
Bypassing Bypass, published in 2002
One of the infections associated
with cardiovascular disease is Periodontal Disease.
Like most diseases, this is best
caught early or prevented altogether. However, if you have it, then
you need to take some measures to keep infection to a minimum.
Children get cavities, adults get periodontal
Many dentists want you to come
in regularly for cleanings and treatment and they have a host of
therapies to try on you, but again, what you do at home is the most
First off, for supplementation,
CoQ10 has a good history with this disease, not to mention any of
the anti-inflammatories we’ve discussed previously.
Secondly, the brush you will
want to use is the Sonicare®. It is the only brush that can reach
into pockets where plaque can build up. Actually, it’s the “sound”
that reaches, not the bristles, and if you're brushing with an
anti-bacterial substance, the Sonicare® will get it into the
You might want to check out
OraWellness. They have
some great ideas and a great alternative to toothpaste.
Personally, I’ve tossed out all
my toothpaste. I brush with the OraWellness essential oils, once in
a while with Oil of Wild Oregano (burns but cleans) and I mix baking
soda and diatomaceous earth 50:50. This routine is an antibacterial
Additionally, I use a Waterpik®
once a day.
There is Chlorhexidine Gluconate
Oral Rinse, an antibacterial mouthwash that is prescribed by your
dentist (and has a few different names). This stuff is potent and
should be swished around in your mouth for at least a minute before
spitting. Brushing with a mouthful of it (using the Sonicare®) helps
get it down into your pockets.
Now, the one thing that has
consistently shown good results, if used daily, is a Waterpik® with
warm water and a capful of Listerine®. Listerine® does, as it says
in the commercial, kill germs. If you use your Waterpik® daily with
this solution, your periodontal disease will be kept at bay and
you’ll keep your inflammations to a minimum. This can keep your
pockets from expanding. However you must get the force of the
solution down into your pockets and you must do this daily.
Additionally, since you are
putting Listerine® into your Waterpik®, when you are done, rinse out
the "tub" with warm water, and then run the warm water through the
Waterpik®. This will keep it working for years rather than freezing
up before a year is over.
It is important to see your
hygienist every three months for checkups and cleaning. Use the
Waterpik® daily with either Listerine® or the C G Oral Rinse (most
mouthwashes are worthless).
Hot Spots and Inflamed Gums
Once in a while, food/bacteria get into a pocket
and cleaning it with a Waterpik® won't fix the
problem. What you need is a periodontal irrigation system.
OraWellness has one that they call a Pocket Applicator, and it's
$10.00 plus shipping. If it breaks, it's $10.00 plus shipping.
I used to get a syringe and
periodontal irrigating needles from my dentist at the VA, but the
the VA, for some unknown reason (probably cost cutting) no longer
has them. I now buy them from a local dentist. I've stocked up on
them and if you need one, I can ship them too you.
Note: If you are the only person
using this, you don't have to discard it. I have some that are three
years old, and since we're using an anti-bacterial solution (either
the Chlorhexidine Gluconate or Hydrogen Peroxide), no
need to worry about germs. Just keep it in a clean plastic
You can bend the needle to some
degree to get it into your pocket, do NOT force, and when you
squeeze the syringe, do it slowly. You're just irrigating, not
trying to "flush" anything out.
I can get these to you if you
want; here are two options:
And finally there is Oil
Pulling. Dr Bruce Fife has written a great piece on Oil Pulling.