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Mouth Infection

Why is my Mouth Infection not clearing up?

Question

Over the past few months I’ve been prescribed several courses of antibiotics for a stubborn dental infection. These have left me feeling susceptible to viruses, and they’re not working for the original infection. What can I do to solve the problem?

Answer

Antibiotics sometimes don't work because the bacteria become immune to the drugs. Bacteria are clever and can change their identity to escape the antibiotics. Another possibility is that the infected area is encapsulated – may be in an abscess, which can occur in an infected root canal, or within a cyst. I suggest you take vitamin B complex to avoid mouth ulcers and eat lots of live natural yoghurt to replenish the good flora in the gut.

For the dental infection, I suggest you put one third of a teaspoon of kadu powder in a cup of hot water in the evening and leave overnight. In the morning, pour off the clear liquid then drink this on an empty, stomach. This has a cleansing effect and will support the immune system. Take this for two months. Also take the Ayurvedic remedy Septillin : one twice duly for one month.

Plaque and crystallised salt formation on the teeth can also cause gum infection and erosion. It's vital to look after your gums because they help o hold the teeth in place. If problems are neglected, over time the plaque will grow towards the root of the tooth and the gum will become eroded because plaque prevents gum tissue from being able to cling on to the tooth. The dangling gum tissue then retracts. If plaque reaches the bones of the jaw, these too will start getting eroded. This leads to loose teeth, which eventually fall out.

The gums become infected largely due to poor general health and thus a suppressed immune system. Infection can also be caused by food particles left in the fissures between gums and teeth. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, particularly of vitamins C and D and calcium, can also contribute. Vitamin C strengthens the walls of smaller blood vessels; a deficiency often causes bleeding in the vessels in the gum. Bleeding or week gums attract infection and, in turn, become sore and lead to bad breath.

Bones and teeth depend heavily on sufficient supplies of calcium. The level of calcium in, the body depends on how well it's absorbed in the gut. Calcium will not be absorbed in the colon if there is insufficient vitamin D. This fat-soluble vitamin comes from two sources: it is manufactured in the skin in the presence of sunlight and it is contained in animal fits (met, fish, eggs, cheese, etc). Bleeding gums and a tendency to bruise easily are symptoms of calcium deficiency. It is difficult to absorb calcium when it is not in a solution, so constipation is another possible factor because hard stools signify a lack of moisture in the gut.

Here are my suggestions to prevent plaque formation:

  • After every meal, rinse out your mouth with water.
  • Every night, floss and clean out food from your mouth, particularly meat fibres, as these will rot and attract bacteria.
  • Morning and evening, use Neem antibacterial herbal toothpaste (available from health food stores). Use a soft toothbrush and massage the gums with the index finger for one to two minutes after the night-time brushing.
  • To avoid gum erosion by excess acid

  • Avoid citrus juices, white wine, champagne, very spicy foods or pickles, or anything tasting sour or acidic.
  • To correct constipation

  • Eat papaya, figs or prunes at breakfast time. Drink two litres of still pure water daily between meals. If you still have difficulty, take one tablespoon of lsabgol (pure psyllium husks) in a glass of warm water or milk at bedtime. If you are severely constipated, take one tablet of the Unani supplement Qurs Mullayan at bedtime for a month.
  • To build up calcium levels

  • Try to get as much sunlight as possible.
  • If you're a vegan, eat ten whole almonds (soak in water at room temperature for 24 hours then peel) for breakfast.
  • Take one scoop of Energy Plus twice a day for three to six months.
  • To boost immunity

  • Take 500mgof vitamin C daily for three months.
  • To speed healing of infection or inflammation

  • Walk in the fresh air every weekend and go to bed early.
  • Have neck and spine massages twice a month, or get your partner to massage you for ten to l5 minutes once or twice a week.
  • Eat fresh fruit (apart from citrus fruit).
  • Chew carrots to strengthen the roots of the teeth.
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