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QUESTION: What helps with non-diseased receding gums? (I'm an O- with primary biliary cirrhosis and just found ER4YT three weeks ago. I feel better already just eliminating wheat & dairy and eating more meat-Thanks!)
ANSWER: Gum repair is one of the most energy-intensive functions performed by the body, and gum (or gingival) tissue is one of the most sensitive to the efects of free-radical damage. Since your gum loss id 'non-diseased' you may want to examine the problem from a whole body perspective.
I would recommend that you get your antioxidant levels checked. A simple, inexpensive way to do that is the use the Oxystress Test from NAP. If you level of oxidative stress is high (and I suspect it is becasue of the history of biliary cirrhosis) you can try a few of the suggestions below:
1. Crit Rev Oral Biol Med 1999;10(4):458-76 Oxidative injury and inflammatory periodontal diseases: the challenge of anti-oxidants to free radicals and reactive oxygen species. Battino M, Bullon P, Wilson M, Newman H
2. Pathol Biol (Paris) 1998 Sep;46(7):571-6 Morphometric analysis of human gingival elastic fibres degradation by human leukocyte elastase protective effect of avocado and soybean unsaponifiables (ASU).
3. J Clin Periodontol 1994 Jan;21(1):45-7 Reduction of collagen degradation in experimental granulation tissue by vitamin E and selenium. Asman B, Wijkander P, Hjerpe A
4. J Clin Periodontol 1984 Oct;11(9):619-28 Folate mouthwash: effects on established gingivitis in periodontal patients. Pack AR