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Quest Vitamins LTD,
8 Venture Way,
Aston Science Park,
Birmingham,
B7 4AP.

Tel: 0121 359 0056
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Email: info@questvitamins.co.uk
Registered in England No. 2530437

Periodontal disease

DESCRIPTION

The most common cause of tooth loss in persons over thirty-five years of age, periodontal disease affects the supporting structures of the teeth, primarily the gums and the bones in which the roots of the tooth are embedded. Two forms of the disease are gingivitis and pyorrhoea.

Gingivitis is an Inflammation of the gums, whereby the gums bleed easily, and usually become red, swollen, and spongy. If left untreated, it can lead to the more serious pyorrhoea, with gum destruction and loosening of the teeth. The advanced stage, pyorrhoea, consists of Inflammation of the gums and connective tissue, including a deterioration of the jawbone. Tooth loss is almost inevitable at this stage.

Treatment involves good oral hygiene, including flossing to remove food and plaque, and professional removal of calculus and inflamed tissues. Surgery may be required in severe cases.

HERBS

Goldenseal (6)

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

Calcium (1)
Chromium
Coenzyme Q10 (2)
Vitamin C (3)
Bioflavonoids (3)
Vitamin E (4)
Zinc (5)

HOMOEOPATHY

Belladonna
Throbbing Pain.
Hot, red, shiny area of gum.
May feel generally unwell with fever or flushing.

REFERENCES

1. Uhrbom E E and Jacobson L. Calcium in periodontitis: Clinical effect of Calcium medication. J Clin Periodontol 1984; 11(4):230-41.
2. Ref: Hanioka T, Tanaka M, Ojima M, et al. Effect of topical application of Coenzyme Q10 on adult periodontitis. Mol Aspects Med 1994;15(Suppl):S241-48.
3. El-Ashiry GM, Ringsdorf WM, CheraSkin E. Local and systemic influences in periodontal disease. II. Effect of prophylaxis and natural versus synthetic Vitamin C upon gingivitis. J Periodontol 1964;35:250-259.
4. Kimura Y, et al. J Japan Assoc Periodontol 1977; 19:413.
5. Harrap G, et al. Inhibition of plazue growth by Zinc salts. J Periodont Res 1983; 113:634-42.
6. Amin H, et al. Berberine sulfate: antimicrobial activity, bioassay and mode of action. Can J Microbiol 1969; 15(9):1067-76.

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