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Do you have ideas on how to keep gum tissue healthy?

Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have ideas on how to keep gum tissue healthy? I have heard this is especially important for older folks who want to stay healthy for a long time.” — Sandra A., Portland, OR

A. Dear Sandra, You are correct! There is a definite connection between oral health and overall health. Did you know that periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, memory issues, rheumatoid arthritis, and numerous other health conditions? Many researchers believe this is caused by bacteria escaping the oral cavity and traveling in the bloodstream.

To help keep the gums and mouth healthy, I recommend concentrated plant oils of cinnamon, thyme, clove and oregano. The specific kind of plant oils I recommend are “fingerprinted” to ensure purity and safety.

Now, not all plant oils should be taken internally, but these ingredients have been proven to help destroy harmful bacteria without impacting the beneficial bacteria. These concentrated plant oils are up to 100 times stronger than ordinary dried herbs, and they’re extremely safe. 

Cinnamon is a great antibacterial and antifungal, and was actually worth more than silver in ancient Rome. One of the most potent compounds in cinnamon, called cinnamaldehyde, has even been shown to inhibit Staphylococcus aureus.

Thyme is one of the best concentrated plant oils to fight bacteria. However, this variety of thyme is a different species than you may use for cooking. The variety of thyme I recommend for oral health is Thymus satureioides.

Clove has strong antibacterial properties for yeast and oral pathogens like Porphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella intermedia, which are both linked to periodontal disease.

Lastly, oregano is one of my favorite botanicals because it is such a potent antimicrobial for bacteria, fungi, parasites, and more. Oregano is also a great anti-inflammatory which makes it very useful for oral health.

I would take 75 mg of these four ingredients twice a day, or after each meal.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally


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