Have you ever brushed your teeth and noticed that your gums were bleeding?
This is a very common symptom of gingivitis. It manifests itself during the initial phases of gum diseases, which may be accompanied by swelling and sensitivity. If the disease worsens, it may cause irreparable damage, such as periodontitis. In periodontitis, gums may retract and separate from your teeth, forming pockets around them. Your teeth become extremely sensitive and susceptible to plaque and infections, and may even fall out. This can also give bacteria another way into your blood stream.
There’s actually a strong connection between gum diseases and heart problems. This association is due to the fact that bacteria and inflammatory proteins present in the periodontal tissue penetrate the bloodstream, which may cause problems in the cardiovascular system. Although there is no cure, periodontitis can and should be controlled in order to keep it from worsening and compromising the health of your teeth and body.
A study performed in Greece showed that turmeric can be beneficial in the fight against both periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Periodontitis is mainly caused by the bacteria P. gingivalis, which leads to cavities. It’s also a risk factor for the development of rheumatoid arthritis. It’s an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation that leads to joint destruction, loss of joint function and disability if not treated in time.
Turmeric appears to be good at fighting P. gingivalis, as well as preventing the formation of layers of bacteria lodged in the gums. In addition to its antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, turmeric exerts an immunosuppressive action, meaning that it suppresses autoimmunity.
To get the benefits of turmeric in your oral hygiene, you can use pure turmeric or mix it with coconut oil.