Vincent's angina is caused by a combination of poor diet, stress, and bacteria. Particularly common in teenagers with poor dental hygiene and a high-sugar diet, the symptoms include extreme pain, some bleeding, and a distinctive grey-white mucus that covers the gums.
Prevention is always the best remedy for gum and teeth problems - so start today. If you do develop gum problems, seek professional help early.
Get into a proper daily routine of thorough brushing and flossing, together with regular trips to the dentist, who will thoroughly clean your gums and teeth. This is the best way to prevent and to address most gum problems.
There are treatments available for periodontitis and gingivitis that your dentist will talk to you about.
You still need to see a dentist regularly to ward off the risk of severe gum disease and tooth loss. However, many alternative therapies exist for gum problems..
Massage - Massage bleeding gums with a mixture of lemon juice (half a lemon) and a cup of water; the acid can help reduce bacteria.
Gargle with bayberry (Myrica spp.) or prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum) which stimulates circulation.
Take echinacea (Echinacea spp.) to fight infection.
Do not use myrrh if you are pregnant.
Homoeopathy - For sore, bleeding gums try Mercurius vivus. If you continue to have problems, seek professional advice.
It is crucial for healthy gums, that you regularly consume a diet low in refined sugars and high in fibre. Other important additions to your diet include vitamins A (especially beta carotene), B complex, C, D and E, as well as Zinc, Bioflavonoids, and Folic acid (particularly for pregnant women and women on oral contraceptives).
Prevention of periodontal disease begins at home, with good dental hygiene. It is not good enough to only give our teeth a quick brush twice a day and only occasionally a good flossing.
For really proper care you need to floss daily, brush longer, rinse with a mouthwash, and massage your gum line. Always floss first to loosen the particles of debris and bacteria.
If you plan to get pregnant, see a dentist for a good cleaning first.
Diabetics and anyone undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments should see a dentist several times a year.
If you already have gingivitis or periodontitis you should see your dentist regularly to keep the condition under proper control and prevent recurrences.
When to seek further professional advice