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#Lyme Disease and Gum Infections

Hello Dear Readers,

Those of you who read my earlier posts may remember my problem with an infected gum and painful tooth. To recap, I developed an angry, red, swollen gum around a lower tooth last winter. My dentist did a deep cleaning which aggravated the tooth and sent me into a systemic flare up for a week. He thought the tooth was being rejected by my body and sent me to specialists. The endodontist thought I might need a root canal ($1,100). The periodontist wanted to cut out the bad gum tissue ($1,500). The oral surgeon said the tooth needs to be extracted and offered an implant ($5,000).

After doing some research, I learned that Borrelia and other Lyme related organisms are frequently found in gum tissue. Though I was in quite a bit of pain, I decided to try less invasive solutions.

A cold laser treatment and BioSET treatment ended the pain but the infection remained. I tried chlorohexadrine solution, hydrogen peroxide, neem bark, oregano oil, and salt water, all to no avail.

Then I came across a website from a Ray Behm, DDS, a holistic dentist who offered a simple, cheap solution to gum infections: Baking soda, sea salt, and peroxide forced deeply into the gum sulcus with a soft, small brush, 2x per day for 2 weeks. I followed his instructions and guess what? The infection is gone! Here is his Healthy Gum protocol in a nutshell:

Combine these two dry ingredients in a small jar with a lid:

  1. Three parts baking soda
  2. One part natural salt or Parkelp

Shake this dry mixture to blend well. Keep this dry mixture in your bathroom. You will be using this every day.

Daily use:

Pour 1 tsp of DRY mixture from the container into your palm or dish. Add one of the following

  • Colloidal Silver – safe if you still have mercury amalgam fillings, or
  • Hydrogen peroxide – only if you have no metal (mercury/amalgam) fillings in your mouth, or
  • Aloe Vera

Adding such products as Amazon Herb’s Una de Gato (an herb also used to treat Lyme Disease!) will help too.

1.  Load a bunch of the mixture onto the soft brush. Angle the brush 45 degrees to where the tooth meets the gum (the sulcus junction).

2.  Push the loaded brush as far as you can into the area where the tooth meets the gum (sulcus). Do not cause yourself pain.

3.  Use a vibrating motion (very small wiggling motion) so that the bristles that are forced into the sulcus remain there as you vibrate.  Do not use wide circular motions like scrubbing a floor or washing a window. Repeat this action as you move along the gum line for three to five seconds at each spot on both the cheek and tongue side.  Repeat this procedure until you have completed both upper and lower gum lines. Whenever necessary spit out the mixture and saliva. There is no need to rinse afterwards, unless you want to.

The soft brush is the applicator/loading instrument that is used to get the recipe into the sulcus. The recipe does the work, not the brush; the brush forces the recipe into the sulcus.

Doing the above on a gradient approach will obtain healing in the sulcus. Do it once a day until you can gradually increase to twice a day. When you are able to do it twice a day for two weeks in a row, your gums should have become very tough (this is good) and should have a pink-white color (this is also good).

That’s it! Please be sure to visit Dr. Behm’s informative website: http://behmnaturaldentistry.com/natural-dentistry-services/gum-health/. He understands the importance of amalgam-free dentistry and all the microorganisms (including spirochetes!) that can infect the gums, impact our systemic health, and lead to tooth loss. Hurray for Dr. Behm!

And hurray for small victories! I’ll take all that I can get.

– Laura

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