If you have severe gum disease, you are at high risk of developing chronic anemia if you haven't already. In fact, research published by the Journal of Periodontology found more than one-third of people with severe gum disease had anemia, which is when there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells circulating in the body. Patients in the study followed a six month treatment course to improve their oral health and gum disease. After the treatment, all patients had improved red blood cell levels. 

Therefore, if you want to improve your chronic anemia or lower your risks of developing it, take care of your oral health and reverse gum disease. Fortunately, there are several ways you can do this, including natural remedies. Of course, in the meantime, you'll want to continue to treat your anemia if you've already been diagnosed with it. Here's what you can do to improve your oral health. 

Know which stage of gum disease you have

It's important to understand that there are three stages of gum disease, and it is progressive in nature when left untreated. The stages in order from the earliest to the most advanced are:

  • gingivitis—inflammation of gums results in excessive plaque at the gum line
  • periodontitis—irreversible damage occurs to the bones and fibers that hold teeth in place
  • advanced periodontitis—teeth shift or loosen and fall out due to lack of structural integrity caused by gum disease 

A thorough dental exam by a periodontist is essential in determining which stage of gum disease you have.

Determine a treatment plan for your gum disease and anemia

The periodontist will develop a comprehensive plan for you, which typically involves scaling and root planing or laser gum treatment. If you would like to treat and reverse gum disease naturally, discuss this with your periodontist. Natural treatment plans typically involve the use of the following:

  • bite guards—to stabilize loose teeth to promote regeneration of tissue
  • oil pulling—to effectively remove bacteria and reduce plaque 
  • essential oils—to promote healthy teeth and gums with antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties

To help in your quest for essential oils to promote healthy healing in your mouth, look for essential oils that are specifically formulated for oral health and gum disease treatment. If you do choose to use essential oils, be sure to follow the recommended dosages and usage guidelines that are provided on the packaging or on a print-out. Alternatively, consult with an aromatherapist to help you determine exactly which essential oils to use and how to use them. The reason for this is because some essential oils can cause photosensitivity or irritation when not properly used. 

Know what to eat and drink and what to avoid

The most important aspect of treatment is the avoidance of foods and liquids that contain sugars, which can add to excessive plaque build up. Therefore, you'll want to evaluate your food and drink choices carefully while being treated for gum disease. Also, be sure to take care of your oral health by brushing, flossing, and using antiseptic mouthwash to remove as much bacteria from the mouth as possible. 

Since anemia is a concern as well, don't forget to include food and drink options that will help improve your anemia, such as iron-rich foods that will help you absorb iron more readily, which can help in increasing your body's red blood cell production as you go through gum disease treatment. Due to the dental and health concerns you have, it's a good idea to consult with a dietary nutritionist for an appropriate meal plan to support your treatments for gum disease and anemia. 

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