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Treating gingivitis with homoeopathy

Gums protect the mouth’s deeper parts from all types of outside attacks and also participate in the body’s global removal process. This constant aggression sometimes leads to the onset of gingivitis. This inflammation may stem from several external sources, but also from other internal factors such as a digestive problem.

Symptoms of gingivitis

It is important to detect the signs of this inflammation since it is often deprived of pain. Thus, an affected person only realizes that he or she has this condition once it has reached an advanced stage. Bleeding is a symptom that can be permanent or temporary. This phenomenon is likely to occur only at night. In the absence of bleeding, a simple abnormal redness of the gums is a sign of inflammation.

Moreover, the gums may swell due to hypertrophic gingivitis. Depending on the severity of the condition, a detachment may occur as well as worrisome tissue mobility. Sometimes, the gums swell to the point that they obstruct the teeth , other times they retract so as to reveal the dental necks. Excessive swelling accompanied by redness and bleeding usually indicates the presence of a localized hypertrophic variant (epulis).

Other symptoms include oedema of the palate and shiny gums. The gums become painful especially in case of ulcero-necrotic gingivitis. In extreme cases, the tissue connecting the teeth and the jaw portion starts to decay. This is the beginning of receding gums that eventually result in tooth loss.

Treating various forms of gingivitis

There are multiple modes of treatment of gingivitis, depending on the symptoms that appear. For chronic gingivitis, it is advisable to take two granules of Calcarea Fluorica or Luesinum 5 CH three times a day. In case of oedema, take an additional two granules of Apis or Phosphorus 5 CH  for a few weeks. The bleeding may be slowed down by two granules of Kreosotum, Arnica or Carbo vegetalis, to be taken in five daily intakes.

Remedies for the most severe inflammations

When the inflammation is acute, an intake of Belladonna or Aconite every two hours will prove to be effective. Other components may also be adequate, as is the case of Apis mellifera (for burning gums) or Cantharis (burns, ulcers and thirst), although they must be prescribed by a homeopath, especially in regard to the best-suited dilution levels (CH). Some mother tinctures, such as Mercurius solubilis, relieve the gum when it becomes sensitive to the cold or wind. This remedy must also be prescribed by a competent physician.

When should you consult a doctor?

Given the gums’ delicate nature, it is important to always consult a doctor if you are unable to determine the type of gingivitis affecting you and if there is no improvement after treatment. Given that the problem is frequently linked to a deficiency or a bad habit like smoking, only a doctor will be able to identify the true source of the inflammation.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “gingivitis”

Associated treatments

•    Apis Mellifica
•    Arnica
•    Calcarea Fluorica
•    Cantharis
•    Carbo Vegetalis
•    Kreosotum
•    Luesinum
•    Mercurius Solubilis
•    Phosphorus

Good to know: Numerous methods exist to cure gingivits, although homoeopathy offers some particularly interesting solutions. Once the problem has been identified, a precise treatment for each case of gingivitis exists, depending on its level of evolution and its sources.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.