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How to Treat Periodontitis with Diet

Randall Smitham



  1. NutritionFacts.org Posted on February 25, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    For more on oral health, check out the videos at https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/oral-health. -NF Team

  2. Red Pill Vegan Posted on February 25, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Food as medicine? Must be a religion

  3. Cammi Eklund Posted on February 25, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Best way of getting decaying teeth..eat a vegan diet!😁😉

  4. Jen Martin Posted on February 25, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks making this!! I had perfect teeth until around the time I got married. I changed my diet a bit when I got married (I baked more). I also went on the birth control pill so I wasn't sure if that changed my teeth too.

  5. Perla Serrano Posted on February 25, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    I love this video! Please do more videos on teeth!

  6. houndjog Posted on February 25, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Baking soda is the best mouth alkalizer out there – can't understand why it's not the norm!

  7. Manggae Tteokki Posted on February 25, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    What on earth is the reason that people who lost weight had improved dental health? He said it as if the weightloss itself caused less dental problems, not being connected to eating healthier. Or am I missing sth?

  8. pavel pavel Posted on February 25, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Propolis. . The most effective treatment

  9. Anthony LaPorta Jr Posted on February 25, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Well I am on a high-fat ketogenic diet but I also follow fasting on different levels and my teeth and blood work are perfect by inflammatory markers are excellent and by the way I do not have high cholesterol 168 was my number and at 49 years old I am in excellent shape so it's not one-size-fits-all and fat is not the enemy people sugar is the enemy processed foods are the enemy

  10. Eelke Aptroot Posted on February 25, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    A cliffhanger to sink your teeth in.

  11. FreeGoro Posted on February 25, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    1:36: paper written by Feifei wei.

  12. Idylchatter Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Dr. Gregor deserves a plaque for his work on this topic. 😁

  13. Idylchatter Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Dr. Carolyn Dean has a little bit of anecdotal info regarding dental health and Mg.

    May 23, 2012

    A blog reader said he had high hopes that he would read a blog from me that resisted any mention of my favorite supplement, magnesium. Then he wanted to know if he really needed a magnesium supplement if he eats lots of green veggies. Well, I’m very sorry but the magnesium blog keeps chugging along fueled by constant input from magnesium fans. And yes, I think that everyone needs more magnesium in spite of a good diet. I know I do.

    One reader wrote: “Another disease you can add to your list that’s caused by magnesium deficiency is pseudogout (CPPD). I had calcium crystals in both knees, both ankles and my left wrist. Within three days of starting magnesium the pain in my left wrist started going away.” He said he found an article in Medical Hypotheses that reported Vitamin B1 (thiamine) needs sufficient magnesium to create thiamine pyrophosphate, but when magnesium is deficient calcium pyrophosphate is produced instead. He asked me to add this information to my website so it can help others regain their quality of life as he has.

    I think the following report is even more amazing. “I want to tell you a wonderful thing about Magnesium. I had pyorrhea and gingivitis for years. When I started taking magnesium the pyorrhea and gingivitis cleared up. Then I noticed my right front cuspid was thinner than the left but there was also a diagonal chip in the left cuspid. I began a regimen of brushing my teeth with magnesium and within 3 months the tooth had remineralized. Both teeth are fine and the right cuspid that was thinner is now normal. It truly is a miracle mineral. I told my dentist about it but really, he didn’t pay attention. Professionals think it’s some kind of idiocy. When will they wake up?”

    The type of magnesium to use on your toothbrush is magnesium oil. This is a supersaturated magnesium chloride (from sea water) in distilled water.

    I use LL’s Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil because I know it’s safe without contaminants.

    Just put a few drops on a toothbrush and brush well.

    I use some of my regular, natural tooth paste; and spray some mag oil from a small spray bottle. One or two sprays will do.

    Some people use baking soda along with the mag oil.

    Some people floss first.

    Some dilute the oil if it’s too strong.

    Some also gargle with a few drops of magnesium oil in water for gingivitis.

    However, if you have mercury fillings, I would not use magnesium in the mouth. Magnesium pulls out toxic metals and could pull mercury into your mouth which you might then swallow.

    All in all, the results from using magnesium oil for dental hygiene are impressive.

    Another blog reader wrote that his mother is on a lot of medications but he got her taking magnesium. He said, “After her first dose she said that she later had a really good BM–and felt 10 years younger. WOW–that makes me feel it’s really worth it to remind her to take it—she’s almost 89 years old.

    Even multiple sclerosis can respond to magnesium. A blog reader wrote the following. “As an MS patient I was blown away to find that after only two days on magnesium citrate, several of my symptoms disappeared to the point that I am more of a functioning woman.”

    What about migraines? Here is a newly published article in the Journal of Neural Transmission. It’s called Why All Migraine Patients Should Be Treated With Magnesium. The lead author is Dr. A. Mauskop who runs the New York Headache Center and has written many papers on magnesium and migraines. I quoted him in my Magnesium Miracle book. You can read the abstract of his paper which he ends by saying “…the fact that magnesium deficiency may be present in up to half of migraine patients, and that routine blood tests are not indicative of magnesium status, empiric treatment with at least oral magnesium is warranted in all migraine sufferers.” That’s a pretty clear directive that you don’t often see in journal articles…usually they say, we need more funding to research this further!

    Carolyn Dean MD ND

  14. Seehanur Huang Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Dr. Greger please debunk the horrifying carnivore diet!!

  15. Carrie Rowhuff Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Literally am going to the dentist today to have a injured tooth extracted. Perfect timing thank you for giving me some hope that it doesn’t have to be downhill from here!

  16. urthebest1122 Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Floss, floss, floss. Many cavities occur in between teeth where a tooth brush can’t get to. Not flossing is also is related to heart disease. Keep in between your teeth clean.

  17. Jürgen Noll Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Who else is chanting „…until …“ in their mind?

  18. Jürgen Noll Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Ah, the suspense is killing me.

  19. Ivan Waisman Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    That suspense?? Omg greger whyyyyyy

  20. Dwight Jones Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    I’m a dentist. I know a lot of vegans and vegetarians. My observations agree with the research discussed in this video.

  21. Adnan A Posted on February 25, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    But still make sure to go in for your regular dental checkups 😉

  22. sooooooooDark Posted on February 25, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    low carb + no salt (+ obviously no processed shit lol)

  23. Marcin Michalski Posted on February 25, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Auch, impacted wisdom teeth in the thumbnail.

  24. Abdullah. Sh Posted on February 25, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Periodontitis— period on tits 😂

  25. BobLoblaw1978 Posted on February 25, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    The problem with every study is that none cover a HEALTHY meat eating diet. They are all based around the standard first world diets. Of course restaurant burgers and fries are bad for you. Now try covering someone who has grass fed beef and a big pile of green veggies for dinner. That's the ultimate human diet right there.

    I have nothing against a plant based diet, but for me and many others, it makes us feel awful. Just adding small amounts of meat or eggs does wonders.

  26. Deb Posted on February 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    As powerful as these studies are, I feel like I need studies like this to include high and low sugar and high and low acid.  Can we assume those are less important than saturated fat?  I feel like there were other stories to show sugar was related to teeth problem and I know that you have covered citrus as having caused problems with tooth enamel if you brush too close to eating it and you have covered how the artificial sweeteners mess with the microbiomes, so I guess I am looking for a way of reconciling the information.  Were the people in this study soda and artificial sweetener and sugar free, too or does the study stand on its own?

  27. Shaijah Wolf Posted on February 25, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Look at how bad the anti vegan campaign has become ‼️https://youtu.be/PFnkWjmvMOA

  28. Alex Farrell Posted on February 25, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    3:45 note the diet still consisted of dairy products, eggs and meat sparingly

  29. hammypie Posted on February 25, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I’m vegan and have periodontal disease… what can I do to treat this, eat even more Whole Foods?

  30. Florin Necula Posted on February 25, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Dr. G, I hate it when you say “which we’ll cover next”. The suspense is killing me! 😂😂 just kidding, thank you for your awesome work. Guess what: daily dozen for two months and my cholesterol is down 40 units. Thank you so much!!

  31. Pius Jungblut Posted on February 25, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    I got really exited about this video because I originally had planned to make my dentistry diploma thesis about this topic 😀 Thank you for sparking my academic interest in medicinal nutrition.

  32. Deals togo Posted on February 25, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    I am glad the doctor is doing more informational videos on dental problems. This is a major cause of problems in many folks. Plus, the high cost of dental care in the USA makes these videos by Dr Greger even more important imo.

  33. Ellis tar Ceansa Posted on February 25, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    CLIFFHANGER!!!!! … you tease!

  34. Lynda G Posted on February 25, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I'm 24 and was told I have periodontis when I was 22. Any further suggestions would be great. I'm a fairly healthy individual but I probably could have flossed more during college /:

  35. GILBERT Hernandez Posted on February 25, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I like spaggatti with extra sauce from Mr Gattis

  36. lydiaD777 Posted on February 25, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Are there any studies on the affects of eating a lot of fruit in the diet? I am developing very sensitive teeth, and my dentist keeps telling me it's from an acidic diet (eating fruit). I don't eat refined sugar in my daily diet. I eat about 2-3 serving of whole fruit per day (no smoothies).
    I do rinse my mouth out with water directly after eating fruit, but this doesn't seem to be helping much.

  37. Nick Name Posted on February 25, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    For some reason this video was more engaging and I payed attention more.

  38. mike donnarumma Posted on February 25, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    im 66 had this problem a long time, i have been vegan for 2yrs, 8mths ago i had an attack of this disease, i awoke one morning with loose skin in my mouth, during research i discovered ,s,l,s [sodium laurel sulfate ] which is used for creating froth in tooth paste, i found a tooth paste which is s,l,s free, and ;bingo; my mouth is not totally cured , but there is a marked difference, my disappointment is not ever being told by a dentist that s,l,s can have a detrimental reaction on my gums,

  39. Rob Williams Posted on February 25, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Dentistry is the next profession to just get blown to smithereens. Let's scrape all this stuff off and have you put toxins down into this portal constantly to keep badies away. Wow, that is so dumb, yet it's still SOP everywhere. Learning about the microbiome has not metastasized yet.

  40. EatAtTheDanglingDiner Posted on February 26, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Uuhhhh. Ehhhhhh. Uhhhhhhhhh. Ehhhhhhh. Uhhhhhhh ehhhhhhhh. Uuhhhhhhhhh. Ehhhhhhhhh.
    You know what I’m talking about uhhhhhhhh. Ehhhhhhhh.

  41. Rocknrolladube Posted on February 26, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I know this is anecdotal…I started a 12 daily dozen style, whole-food, planet-based diet 3 years ago. It has done wonders for my weight & energy. I make sure to supplement B12, Omega 3, D, Zinc & Magnesium. I'm almost 40 and I'm now in the best shape of my entire life. However, 1.5 years after starting my new diet I developed periodontal disease…basically I'm suffering from bone loss and gum recession. I have great oral hygiene habits and have never had a problem in the past. I believe the diet is causing this. I won't stop my diet however, because so far the other benefits have been great for me. I've done some reading online and it appears other planet based dieters have had similar issues. What I don't get is that I'm very careful with my diet…I follow the daily dozen religiously. Any advice anyone?

  42. Dore ́ Love Posted on February 26, 2019 at 2:57 am

    I have periodontal disease so it's going to be interesting to see what part 2 is like. I have noticed since going vegan, I've had much less issues with it though.

  43. LaMusique192 Posted on February 26, 2019 at 3:14 am


  44. Karen M. Posted on February 26, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Flossing and brushing and not smoking is the best remedy.

  45. candy cane Posted on February 26, 2019 at 11:20 am

    This video is very helpful. My husband just had major dental surgery.

  46. andy white Posted on February 26, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    I had gingivitis for 20 years Dentist couldn’t improve it – went vegan and became more alkaline my sweat didn’t sting my eyes anymore and no more bleeding gums!!! Others I have converted to vegan have had the same result

  47. Josh Lockie Posted on February 26, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    This is gonna be good lol

  48. Turtlefoot69 Posted on February 26, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Many indigenous tribes found around the world never used or had toothbrush/floss/paste ect.. yet perfect set of teeth. Explain? Those who say you need to brush/floss are full of it.

  49. Natural Powers Posted on February 26, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Isn't our oral bacterial flora co dependant on our gut bacteria? Maybe even our brain bacterial flora?

  50. Ernestine Morrison Posted on February 26, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Mine is a result of Sjogren's and.that is symptomatic of Mixed Connective Disease.

  51. PhaseSkater Posted on February 26, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    what about keto/carnivore since theres no sugar or carbs

  52. Blue Skies Posted on February 26, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    So keto is bad for your teeth. How about keto vegan?

  53. 1TakeKenny Posted on February 27, 2019 at 7:42 pm


  54. theonlypd Posted on March 1, 2019 at 5:06 am

    What are you thoughts about barley grass juice powder?

  55. Aisha Afzal Posted on March 1, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Please make a video on what kinds of breads to eat. Also, huge thank you for making these videos Dr. Greger. I'm honestly really grateful.

  56. Plant Plotters Paradise Posted on March 4, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I have been on a WFPB diet for just over a year and had a dentist visit this month. I was shocked at the lowering in measurements from hearing 7s and 8s to mostly 0s.
    I had been told by my dentist that it is incurable and that I could only slow it down but eventually would lose my teeth. Dentists are so unaware of diet benefits.

  57. The Fruit Addict Ⓥ Posted on March 4, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    I read that the bacteria from periodontal disease may be the cause of alzheimer's, seriously.

  58. hirawstra8edge Posted on March 6, 2019 at 9:27 am

    awesome video, I hope we can have more on tooth health from dr greger, if you want to help your teeth for a good oral hygiene regiment then using a range of tools is important, a decent tooth powder is great and a all natural toothpaste also E.O.s can be good, salt water rinse after eating, you can get some awesome products for your oral health https://bit.ly/2TjNoIA

  59. Tracey Baker Posted on March 29, 2019 at 8:48 am

    When i took on a vegan diet a year ago, i had shocking problems with inflamation abcesses pockets, my dentist said i was to just live with it and visit him every 3 months,well after 3 months of eating vegan every problem went away!! And lots of other things did too!! I see him once a year for a clean now, I never expected that to happen, its wonderfull!!!😊

  60. Maria B Posted on May 5, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Dr Greger – you should change your title. It is misleading. It should say how to "help prevent" instead of treat. I'm a dentist and we see patients with periodontal disease- lots of calculus stuck to the roots of their teeth and bone loss. The treatment, which every dentist and hygienist in the world knows, is to scale the calculus off. So you can't "treat" by saying follow this video, the calculus will come off. This video talks about treatment. Misleading. You should title it something else. I'm disappointed in you Dr. Greger. Don't help uneducated people misunderstand the basics of dentistry.

  61. Maria B Posted on May 5, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    While you are trying to give dental advice to people, you should mention that people should floss to clean the sides of the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. Either give complete dental advice and real advice on actual treatment of perio, or stay in your lane. I don't want my patients to believe they can treat perio themselves with diet. Diet won't be physically removing hardened calculus stuck to the teeth below the gums. The title of this video is truly misleading and disappointing

  62. I James Posted on July 10, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Why is he talking like that? Distracting.

  63. R M Posted on August 29, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Saturated fat from Peanut Butter is bad for periodontitis or gengivitis?

  64. Captive Posted on November 1, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Dude sugar is what drives cholesterol. Your obsession with saturated fat is not a causative agent. Eliminate processed carbs and sugars and replace with vegetables. The meat consumptions is irrelevant. Glucose turns into cholesterol. Glucose drives inflammation. Lower inflammation lower cholesterol. Increase veggies and decrease grains fast carbs and sugar and you end up way healthier irrespective of meat consumption.