At first there’s no sign that the gums you see lying against the roots of your teeth have slowly become detached and are no longer so firmly attached to the teeth. Then you may notice bits of food, like little seeds, start getting stuck in the crevices between your teeth and gums. Eventually a dentist or dental hygienist may confirm that your gum tissue is progressively becoming detached from the roots and you start to feel worried you may lose teeth. Do you dread going to the dentist to find out your pockets are getting worse? Do you feel helpless, unsure of what to do?
You’re not alone, this condition affects millions people, even those most conscientious about their oral health.
Don’t worry! Good-Gums is here to help!
The ingredients in Good-Gums are specifically designed to help your body heal itself naturally. After using Good-Gums, many users begin to notice fewer and shallower gum pockets, and feel encouraged by the improving numbers when the dental hygienist measures their pocket depths. They finally feel in control of their oral health.
I’m so excited, I had to tell you that with your tooth powder and lots of flossing and water picking, I have reduced my gum pockets from 7s to 2s and 3s. Next week I get my Invisalign braces!!! Thank you for your wonderful product!*
What does it mean to have gum pockets?
Typically the first indication that you have gum pockets comes when a dentist or dental hygienist slides that little measurement-probe between your teeth and gums and reports how deep your gum pockets are. When gum cells start detaching from the tooth, the little collar at the gum line deepens enough to form a pocket and can proceed right down to the periodontal ligaments that hold the tooth in place. There’s usually no visual indication—the gums continue to lie against the tooth, even though they’re losing their attachment—and there’s usually no pain associated with the gradual deepening of a pocket. But it is a manifestation of periodontal disease (“around the tooth” disease) which started off as gingivitis (literally an inflammation of the gums from gum infection). Gum pockets should be taken seriously and addressed to prevent tooth loss.
All expressions of periodontal disease and gingivitis share the same underlying dynamic, even though the most effective way to address each particular manifestation can be a little different.
General dynamic of gingivitis: typically this means that a chain of events has led to your gums being infected. Plaque-forming bacteria have collected at the gum line (where the teeth and gums meet), gathered yeasts and other materials, and formed a soft mat of biofilm called plaque, to more effectively reproduce and absorb nutrients from the food in your mouth. The plaque gives off acidic wastes and calcifies into a hard mineral deposit called tartar (or calculus) that is “cemented” firmly onto the teeth. The acid-soaked calculus irritates the gums and forms lesions through which bacteria can enter and infect the interior of the gums. The body’s response to the infection is inflammation, an attempt to kill the invading bacteria, but infected gums cells also die in the process.
Let’s see how Good-Gums can help!
The spaces that measured 4 or 5 are now 1 or 2. It took awhile for me to develop this major problem and it has taken awhile for the pockets to tighten up. I was told by the dentist that I would lose my teeth. Ha – not so … I have not lost a tooth!!!! If you truly want to keep your teeth or you know someone with problems, please share this product. You and they will sing it’s praises.*
How our combination of ingredients help:
Whether you use it as an aid to flossing, when brushing or as a mouthwash, Good-Gums is particularly formulated to help the gums. It works with your body’s natural processes, whose predisposition is to heal and nurture. Good-Gums takes advantage of two facts about your gums: their cells have some of the fastest replacement rates in your body, and they are comprised almost entirely of connective tissue. In most of the body a cell lives for weeks, months or even years before being replaced, while a new gum cell is replaced after only 5 to 7 days. Healthier gum cells can start taking the place of less-healthy cells quickly, if they are given what they need. Particularly for connective tissue cells, what they need during their formation is a large amount of vitamin C. Good-Gums provides a healthy amount of vitamin C, plus citrus bioflavonoids that help the body utilize the vitamin C. The Good-Gums formula dissolves right in the mouth to be absorbed directly by the gums, where it’s needed the most.
The Good-Gums formula contains a lot of alkaline baking soda to buffer the acidity of its vitamin C, thereby protecting your enamel from acid erosion. To keep the alkaline baking soda from reacting with the acidic vitamin C in the bottle, the entire formula is kept in a dry powder state. When the powder meets saliva in your mouth, it becomes a liquid solution that starts getting absorbed by the gums immediately before the two ingredients react to weaken the vitamin C.
Good-Gums encourages absorption by forestalling an ion imbalance that would otherwise stop absorption through cell membranes. Good-Gums contains French grey sea salt, with a mineral balance similar to human-produced fluids (so much so that it was successfully used in place of blood for transfusions to some wounded sailors in WW-II, when blood wasn’t available). Since more of the Good-Gums solution can be absorbed, it can do its work quicker and better.
Besides supporting the growth of healthier gum cells, Good-Gums also has herbal ingredients that soothe sore gums; myrrh and peppermint are famous for their soothing properties.
To help control the population of the plaque-producing bacteria, peppermint and cinnamon act as mild antimicrobials. Baking soda buffers the acidity, making the oral environment less favorable for plaque-producing bacteria to multiply.
To help remove plaque from constant contact with the gum margins (where they can re-infect the gums), Good-Gums helps remove plaque, using cranberry, which has the unusual property of loosening the grip of plaque, so that it can more easily be removed during brushing and flossing. Your gums can improve by the combination of these three strategies: active nutritional help for the formation of healthier gum cells, soothing sore tissue, and reducing the numbers of and contact by infectious agents.
Try it and see for yourself…
Ways to use Good-Gums for Gum pockets:
The way in which your gum problem manifests and where it manifests within the structure of the mouth determine the most effective way to apply Good-Gums. The location of the gum pockets problem is relatively hidden, and when they’ve become quite deep they can be fairly inaccessible, so addressing them may require more than routine practices against gingivitis. Even so, it’s important to remove plaque from the gum margins (so that it won’t calcify into calculus or cause future infections). There are three ways to do this with Good-Gums: toothbrushing, flossing and interdental (interproximal) brushing. These three also help to massage the Good-gums solution into the gums at the same time.
Toothpaste shouldn’t be used within the four hours before using Good-Gums, because toothpaste contains glycerin which can leave a filmy coating on the gums that seals the gums from absorbing the herbal solution. The mechanical action of brushing with Good-Gums loosens plaque and brushes away loosened debris, disrupting plaque that has formed on the outside and inside flat sides of the teeth. But brushing also massages the gums at the same time, helping them absorb the herb-and-vitamin formula that supports healthy gum function. Detailed instructions on how to use Good-Gums come with your shipment.
2-in-1 Good-Gums – the 100% natural mouthwash for gum pockets
Good-Gums can act as a powdered concentrate that becomes a potent liquid mouthwash when it dissolves in your mouth’s saliva. As soon as Good-Gums powder dissolves in your saliva, the ingredients activate. Vitamin C (vital for healing) is absorbed by your gum tissue as the other natural ingredients get to work on bad bacteria, nutrifying and cleansing your whole mouth, supporting your body’s natural healing processes. Good-Gums contains no toxic or artificial ingredients that interfere with natural healing so your gums can soothe, strengthen, and heal themselves naturally!
Tooth brushing is an essential practice for breaking up plaque on the front (outer) surfaces and also the back (inner) surfaces of teeth. Brushing with Good-Gums uses a slightly different technique than brushing with toothpaste. That’s because toothpaste relies on the abrasives in it to grind away plaque, which is somewhat effective but which also grinds away molecules from the surface of tooth enamel. Good-Gums doesn’t have any abrasives added, but instead uses an herbal ingredient that relaxes bacteria’s adhesive grip, so that the toothbrush can more easily remove the plaque. Toothbrushes intended for use with abrasive-laden toothpaste are relatively hard, even when they’re labeled “medium” or “soft; with Good-Gums use an “extra-soft” toothbrush. Instead of using a toothbrush to grind abrasive paste into where plaque forms, a toothbrush is used to massage a dissolved solution of Good-Gums into the plaque and into the gums as well; then the brush sweeps away the loosened debris. Electric toothbrushes can be used with Good-Gums; they almost always come with extra soft bristles.
Mouthwash for sore or swollen gums
The power of nature in Good-Gums is released as soon as the pure ingredients dissolve in your mouth’s saliva instantly activating to create a potent mouthwash or oral rinse. The vitamin-rich, saline-neutral, pH-neutral formula goes to work straight away bathing your whole mouth in bacteria-fighting, gum-soothing and nutrifying liquid.
Here’s how to use Good-Gums 2-in-1 tooth & gum powder and mouthwash to treat deep or loose gum pockets and infection. Place a portion of the powder in your mouth (the same amount that you’d use on your toothbrush). Feel the powder easily and quickly dissolve in your mouth’s saliva and enjoy the taste! Then gently swoosh the liquid around your whole mouth. You can almost feel the ingredients going to work, softening plaque, soothing irritation, helping your gums heal, nutrifying all of your mouth’s soft tissues and fortifying your gums with a huge dose of Vitamin C (equivalent to eating a whole orange, every time you use it). Take your time, about 2 minutes, then spit or swallow – whichever you prefer. For a little more absorption, we recommend not rinsing your mouth with water afterwards so that any remaining Good-Gums can continue working.
Flossing with Good-Gums (if done properly) is a good way to remove plaque from between the teeth, where a toothbrush can’t reach, while also transferring dissolved Good-Gums below the gum line. Proceed very slowly and gently for the first few days, as your gums may be sore and bleed. Day by day your gums will get a little more resilient. Put a small pinch of Good-Gums in your mouth and swirl it to the first section (e.g., upper left) that you’ll floss. Move the floss between two teeth (do not snap into place) and then halfway-wrap the floss around the side of one tooth and move the floss up and down that tooth to scrape away plaque biofilm. Keep the floss tight and use the up-and-down motion; do not use an in-and-out sawing motion. Floss all the way under the gum line, and the dissolved Good-Gums solution will be moved under there as well. Then halfway-wrap the floss around the side of the other tooth and scrape its plaque loose. Remove the floss and move it to the next split between teeth to floss the sides of those two teeth. When one section is done, take another small pinch of Good-Gums and repeat the process.
Because gum pockets are an indication of an underlying history of periodontal disease, it’s important to remove as much plaque as possible from the sides of the teeth. A way to remove even more is with an interproximal brush (sometimes called an interdental brush or proxabrush). It’s a small plastic or wire rod with little bristles spiraling around one end of the rod. Put a small pinch of Good-Gums in your mouth, where it will dissolve, swish it to a section of teeth and move the interproximal brush in and out between teeth where the gums are.
Oral irrigation is an additional step beyond brushing, flossing and interdental brushing. Gum pockets can harbor anaerobic bacteria, which need an airless environment to thrive, and gum pockets provide the necessary airless condition. To help overcome gum pockets, the bacteria should ideally be flushed out regularly. Merely rinsing the mouth (even with Good-Gums) does not provide for much penetration into gum pockets. An oral irrigator will deliver an aqueous solution into periodontal pockets and will penetrate on average to approximately half the depth of the pockets. An oral irrigator has a wand connected to a reservoir with a water pump, such as Hydrofloss, Waterpik or Viajet, that shoots liquid into the gum line and between teeth. Oral irrigators are especially effective for pockets less than 4 mm deep. Put a little Good-Gums in your irrigator’s reservoir to give the water a little boost; rinse the wand with clear water after each use.
Subgingival irrigation provides a way to flush out gum pockets that are deep, i.e., 5mm or deeper. This is a viable tactic when the measures described above aren’t enough to reduce your gum pockets. A subgingival irrigator is like a regular oral irrigator in that both squirt a liquid solution between the gums and the teeth. A regular oral irrigator uses a nozzle that is held a short distance from the gums and teeth, relying on the water pressure to squirt the liquid into the gum pockets. A subgingival irrigator has a small thin reed-like nozzle with a rounded tip (called a cannula) that is slipped between a tooth and its gums before the liquid is squirted. The pocket is quite effectively flushed out if the tip of a subgingival irrigator is inserted 3 MM (a little less than 1/8 inch) into the pocket. It’s best to use a subgingival irrigator only on very deep pockets, and to know which sides of which teeth have the deep pockets; ask your dentist or dental hygienist for a copy of your “perio chart.” Subgingival tips are available for Hydrofloss irrigators (use the Oral Irrigator Sulcus tips) and for Waterpik (use the Pik Pocket tip) and also for Viajet (use the SulcaSoft tip or the Deep Pocket Irrigation Kit). If you don’t have an oral irrigator machine, you can use a manual subgingival irrigator which is less expensive (such as the Oral Breeze Deep Pocket Irrigator Syringe and Tips or the OraTec Pocket Care Irrigator). Dissolve a little Good-Gums in a glass or bottle before drawing the solution into manual irrigator; rinse it out with clear water after each use.
I like to give Good-Gums bottles out as gifts. It works so well. I used to have 4’s and 5’s and they are gone. My 3’s are now 2’s.*
How to tell that Good-Gums is working:
Since you can’t feel your gum tissue reattaching to the tooth root, you won’t be able to feel your pockets getting shallower. So the best way to tell is by comparing the measurements of your gum pockets from one dental cleaning to the next. When they clean your teeth, ask your dentist or hygienist for a copy of your “perio chart”, which is where the pocket depths are recorded for each side of each tooth; use the chart to locate which sides of which teeth to address, particularly with irrigators. As you practice your home care routine, your gums will often feel tighter and firmer as well.
If the condition persists, and turns into gum pockets, the infection will progress deeper into the tissue alongside the tooth, eventually killing cells that support the tooth, such as periodontal ligaments and even jawbone cells. Periodontal disease in its various forms is the most common path to tooth loss.
How long until you can see results:
It took months for deep pockets to form, and it will take months for them to reverse. Replacing tooth-supporting cells that have died and are no longer there takes longer and is harder to overcome than restoring the health of living cells that are inflamed. But even so, from one dental cleaning to the next (typically 6 months apart), you should see a reduction in depths in several sites. Continuing your home care practices should bring continued improvements in your pocket measurements.
Thank goodness for Good Gums!!