Now on to the fun stuff, so what do we do to prevent gum and tooth problems in these changed hormonal states?
First of all, you need a good dentist and hygienist. Having your teeth cleaned and removed of calculus every six months will prevent tooth decay and gum irritation and recession.
Getting adequate rest is vital, especially if you are sleep deprived your body will create more inflammation and calculus.
Regular exercise is important to keep your Qi flowing and immunity up, because poor immunity creates more inflammation in the body.
Ensure you get enough essential fats such as grass-fed tallow, ghee, butter and coconut oil. Lots of veggies. Stick to grains or carbs which are properly processed and cultured such as basmati rice, light rye sour dough and potatoes. Whole grains are high in phytic acid, yes think weet-bix and oats! Phytic acid blocks absorption of minerals and excess can cause cavities. Aim to obtain fibre from vegetables.
Other foods that are high in physics acid are coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Seafood, grass-fed meats and eggs are all excellent sources of protein and fat.
Drink enough filtered water, especially after meals. Green tea is beneficial for oral health.
In terms of oral hygiene, flossing gently and daily is important. Oil pulling with extra-Virgin coconut oil for twenty minutes is healing too, just ensure to rinse with salty water or gently brush teeth afterwards. Use a natural, fluoride-free toothpaste such as homemade tooth powder or earthpaste. A daily gargle of some water with half a teaspoon of sea salt is great for the gums too.
And of course minimise sugar, one study found that plaque, calculus and tartar still form on teeth even if it doesn’t touch them because of the high sugar levels in the blood.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are excellent to support your body naturally through these changes in hormonal states, especially if you are feeling unwell or have noticed some health issues arise. Supplements are also important to ensure your body is getting enough minerals, the body is robbed of them during pregnancy and breastfeeding especially.
From a metaphysical perspective gum and tooth problems relate to being wishy washy and indecisive about life.
Wishing you healthy and happy gum and teeth health.
@Ilana Sowter Acupuncture Melbourne, Ivanhoe, Northern suburbs