I'm 61 years old
I have receding gums, pretty severe, and cannot afford a periodontist. Will tea tree oil help if applied to the gums?
Penny, thanks for asking. I too have always had troubles with my teeth and gums, largely because I grind my teeth at night. In the course of time, I have run across a few things that may help you, and tea tree oil is one of them.
Nutritionally, you might find support for your oral health as described in "Good Teeth Birth to Death: The Prescription for Perfect Teeth" a short book by Dr. Gerald F. Judd, Ph.D. He recommends Sodium Ascorbate, Monosdium Phosphate, Vitamin D, and Calcium supplements to help rebuild your bodies defenses and help it to build healthy teeth and gums.
Another source for the use of vitamin D in oral health is the Vitamin D Council website. where they reveal
"Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more."
Finally, in using tea tree oil, the Australian Government's Rural Industry Research and Development Corporation and the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association put out a Tea Tree Oil Safety and Effectiveness report as a full color booklet in which they mention under the paragraph heading
"Tea tree oil and oral disease"
A study by the Tea Tree Oil Research Group at UWA examined the susceptibility of a range of oral bacteria to tea tree oil.
The tests on 162 different bacterial types showed all were inhibited and killed by concentrations of 2% tea tree oil. Two bacterial species – Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus rhamnosus – that are associated with dental caries were quite rapidly killed by 0.5% tea tree oil."
Dr Judd recommends in his book...
1 teaspoon of Ascorbic acid mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water, stirred until the fizzing subsides.
Daily vitamin D. ( the vitamin D council recommends getting tested for your D levels, and suggests most people would benefit from 4000 IU a day in the winter)
Calcium Tablets. The kind you can get at any pharmacy or most supermarkets. Follow label directions.
1/8 of a teaspoon of Mono Sodium Phosphate powder. This one may be a little harder to find.
Thanks for your question!