Article Qiu Yufeng (Chinese Medicine Physician), “Ming Pao”
Bleeding, atrophy and loose teeth are common symptoms of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is not only a disease of the oral cavity, but also a systemic disease, which is related to immune disorders and endocrine disorders.
(Hong Kong News) Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the imbalance of viscera, such as damp heat in the spleen and stomach, loss of kidney yin, and insufficient qi and blood, can lead to gum damage or loss of nourishment. Adjust the function of viscera through traditional Chinese medicine, and cooperate with health regimen to adjust the intake, so that Qi and blood are sufficient, Yin and Yang are reconciled, which helps to strengthen teeth and improve gum health.
Correct physical disorders and improve symptoms
Periodontal disease belongs to the category of “Yaxuan” in traditional Chinese medicine. The “Yizong Jinjian” of the Qing Dynasty records: “The gums swell at the beginning of the toothxuan, and the roots become decayed and exposed for a long time”, which can eventually lead to rotten gums, shaking of the roots, and loose teeth. The disease can gradually spread from one tooth to the whole mouth, which is consistent with the clinical symptoms of chronic periodontal disease.
Leaving aside the factors of poor oral hygiene, traditional Chinese medicine believes that the pathogenesis of periodontal disease is related to damp heat in the spleen and stomach, deficiency of kidney yin, and insufficiency of qi and blood.
Clinically, if a patient with periodontal disease fails to undergo repeated dental treatment (such as tooth cleaning, periodontal surgery, etc.), or if the patient still cannot get rid of the symptoms of periodontal disease even though he has paid great attention to oral hygiene, he can try to adjust the viscera and qi Starting from the direction of blood function, correcting body disorders, thereby improving the health of the gums.
Damp heat in the spleen and stomach, redness, swelling and bleeding of the gums
“Miscellaneous Works of Ming Medicine” believes that if you are addicted to eating fat, sweet and thick flavors, or drinking alcohol, or eating spicy and stimulating products, it can cause spleen and stomach heat accumulation, and the heat can be steamed along the large intestine meridian of hand Yangming and stomach meridian of foot Yangming The gums, so that the gums are damaged and prone to inflammation.
This type of periodontal disease caused by damp heat in the spleen and stomach, the common clinical manifestations include red and swollen gums, unexplained bleeding of the gums, deep periodontal pockets and easy empyema, other symptoms include dry mouth, sticky mouth, bad breath, frequent hunger Feeling, dry and hard stool, yellow urine, yellow and thick tongue coating, etc.
For the imbalance of spleen-stomach damp-heat, in terms of treatment, the methods of clearing stomach and purging fire, removing dampness and clearing heat can be used. Common prescriptions such as Qingwei powder, Coptis chinensis, Rehmannia glutinosa, Zhimu, etc. If stomach heat and yin deficiency are caused by flaming stomach fire for a long time, and the main manifestations are dysphoria, dry mouth and tongue, dry stool, red tongue with yellow and dry coating, you can choose Yunu decoction, gypsum, Radix Ophiopogon, etc. to clear stomach and nourish yin .
The theory of traditional Chinese medicine believes that “the teeth are more than the bones”, and the health of the teeth is closely related to the state of the kidneys. The “Huangdi Neijing” believes that the young and strong kidney qi will make the teeth grow longer, and the old and the kidneys will lose their teeth.
In “Renzhai Zhizhi Fang. It is mentioned in “On the Teeth”: “If the kidney is weak, the teeth will be broken, if the energy is strong, the teeth will be firm, and if the heat is deficient, the teeth will move.”
Deficiency of kidney yin can lead to the loss of kidney water in the teeth, and it can also lead to hyperactivity of fire due to deficiency of yin, inflammation of the deficiency fire, swollen and painful gums, shrinkage of the gums, and gradual loosening of the teeth.
Often staying up late to indulge in lust is prone to kidney yin loss
The syndrome of kidney yin deficiency is relatively common clinically, and it mostly occurs in middle-aged and elderly people. This is because Chinese medicine believes that yin and fluid will gradually become deficient after middle age. In addition, those who often stay up late, lack sleep, and indulge in lust are also prone to kidney yin deficiency, deficiency fire and inflammation disorders.
Common symptoms of patients include slightly red and swollen gums, severe gum atrophy, exposed tooth roots, loose teeth, and frequent bleeding from the gums. People with kidney yin deficiency often suffer from gum bleeding that worsens at night, and the patient may even stain the pillow due to a large amount of blood oozing from the gums while sleeping.
In addition, patients may also experience dizziness, tinnitus, backache, hot hands and feet, dry mouth, dreaminess, night sweats, gingivitis, prickly heat, red and dry tongue, etc.
In terms of treatment, these patients need to invigorate the kidney and nourish yin, and clear away the fire. The commonly used prescriptions are Zhibai Dihuang Wan, in which rehmannia glutinosa, dogwood, and yam have nourishing effects, and it is compatible with Alisma, Poria, Moutan cortex, Anemarrhena, and Phellodendron chinensis to clear away the fire. .
Commonly used clinical traditional Chinese medicines also include tortoise shell, turtle shell, medlar, dendrobium, scrophulariae, etc. If bleeding from teeth is severe, it can also be combined with cooling blood and hemostatic drugs such as rhizoma rhizome, lotus root, etc. Patients can also adjust their physique with acupuncture and moxibustion. Commonly used acupoints include Sanyinjiao, Taixi, Xingjian, and Hegu.
Replenishing qi and blood gums to restore nourishment
Long-term illness and frailty, lack of Qi and blood are also one of the causes of tooth decay. Most of the patients are chronically ill, or even unable to take care of themselves in daily life. They are pale, tired, and weak in chewing. The gums are partially pale and disgraceful. Bleeding is generally not much, and there is occasionally a small amount of pus and blood between the teeth. Oozing, the gums shrink due to lack of nourishment, and the teeth become loose and fall out naturally.
This periodontal disease due to Qi and blood deficiency and lack of righteousness should be treated with nourishing Qi and blood to restore the teeth and gums. Common prescriptions such as Bazhen Decoction, Dangshen, Rehmannia glutinosa, Angelica, Baishao, etc.
Spleen and stomach damp heat——Periodontal disease may be related to damp heat in the spleen and stomach, deficiency of kidney yin, and insufficiency of qi and blood. Patients should reduce their intake of spicy, fried, fatty, and overly sweet foods on weekdays.
Senior citizensmake sureSleep welldon’tindulgence
In view of the more common stomach heat and kidney yin deficiency syndromes in clinical practice, it is advisable to reduce the intake of spicy, fried, stir-fried and other stimulating foods, as well as fatty, oily, and overly sweet foods, and pay attention to smoking cessation to prevent Accumulated heat in the spleen and stomach.
You can eat more grains, vegetables, and fresh fruits such as pears and apples; drink plenty of water to keep the bowel movement smooth.
In terms of work and rest, attention should be paid to maintaining adequate sleep. Staying up late for a long time and lack of sleep can lead to the loss of yin and fluid, and then cause yin deficiency and hyperactivity of fire, and inflammation of deficiency fire.
Brush your teeth and massage your gums properly
Elderly people should ensure good sleep quality, and those who suffer from insomnia for a long time should actively seek medical treatment. Young people should be careful not to indulge in sexual desires, specifically referring to the need for restraint in sexual life, so as not to deplete the kidney essence. Insist on brushing your teeth correctly to maintain oral hygiene, develop the habit of massaging your gums while brushing your teeth, and do daily tooth tapping exercises, which will help promote blood circulation in the gums and improve gum health. For teeth that cannot be retained, extraction is recommended.
Deficiency of constitution is easy to see dry mouth
Middle-aged and elderly people, especially those with yin deficiency, are prone to dry mouth, and those who eat hot food are prone to sore throat, prickly heat and mouth sores, and sometimes have gum swelling and pain, as well as slight bleeding. Most of them belong to asthenic fire and upper inflammation, and the treatment should nourish yin and clear away heat. Such people can drink Dendrobium Ophiopogon Lean Meat Soup, which can help nourish yin and reduce fire.
Dendrobium Ophiopogon Lean Meat Soup
Material:20 grams of raw rehmannia, 30 grams of Chinese yam, 12 grams of Dendrobium, 15 grams of Ophiopogon japonicus, 12 grams of lily, 6 grams of tangerine peel, and an appropriate amount of lean meat.
practice:Cut the lean meat, wash and blanch; wash the rest of the ingredients. Put all the ingredients into a pot and add water, first boil on high heat, then turn to low heat and cook for 2 hours, season and drink.
effect:Nourishing yin and reducing fire.