New Jersey Certified Acupuncturists in the Fight against Gingivitis

Good oral hygiene is important in order to maintain healthy, attractive teeth and gums. An increasing body of research is also indicating that poor dental hygiene can lead to more serious problems such as heart disease and stroke.

The human mouth is full of bacteria, mucus, and other particles. Together, these form a sticky substance known as plaque, which can be removed easily with brushing and flossing. When plaque is not cleaned off, it hardens and becomes tarter. Tarter requires professional cleaning to remove.

Gingivitis is a disease of inflammation. The bacteria present in plaque and tarter can cause the gums to become red and swollen, and may lead to bleeding. Gingivitis is a milder form of (and the precursor to) a more serious condition known as periodontitis.

Periodontitis (inflammation around the tooth) occurs when gingivitis is not treated. In this condition, the gums pull away from teeth and form infected pockets. The body’s immune system kicks in to kill bacteria, but bacterial toxins and the immune system’s fighting enzymes eventually begin to break down the bones and connective tissues of the teeth. Tooth loss is the final result of this process.

Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Gingivitis

Chinese medicine views gingivitis as a disorder caused by a disrupted pattern of Qi. Qi (pronounced chee) is the body’s life force. It is meant to flow undisturbed throughout the body on channels known as meridians. When Qi is disrupted for any reason, it fails in its purpose of carrying nutrients and other supplies to affected areas.

This understanding of gingivitis also holds that ‘heat’ in the liver and stomach are related to and aggravate the problem of gingivitis. For example, pregnant women may experience painful or inflamed gums because the liver is working overtime and becoming heated.

Treatment through acupuncture is aimed at unblocking the flow of Qi through the body’s meridians. Gum disease is often an indicator of poor health and a weakened immune system. Acupuncture also serves to boost immunity in order to prevent infections.

Acunpuncture at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, filiform needles at specific points on the body to improve health. During this process, energy imbalances are addressed for better overall wellness and immune system health. The practice of acupuncture is excellent for maintaining both physical and emotional health.

It is important to ensure that acupuncturists are certified by the state to practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation makes this easy by offering only New Jersey Certified Acupuncturists in the treatment of gingivitis and many other health concerns.