People's Network January 12, 2020
Gum is the soil of tooth life, gum health determines tooth health, and the importance of teeth to life is self-evident. The old saying goes: "Hundreds of things to maintain health, Mo Xiangu teeth." The role of gums is to care for the teeth and assist in chewing. Therefore, maintaining the normal physiological functions of the gums is protecting our health. How to judge the health of your gums yourself and understand the health code hidden in your gums? In fact, you can know a thing or two from the color of the gums.
Common gum colors are pink, dark red, dark purple, pale white, and bright red. Pink is the natural color of gums and the healthiest color. Due to the abnormal color of the gums caused by the disease, they are different according to the syndrome differentiation of TCM.
Bright red gums: Stomach fire is blazing. The evil of the real heat in the stomach is blazing, the gas is out of harmony, the function is hyperactive, the stomach is inflamed, and the heat is injured, which will cause the gums to appear bright red, and in severe cases, gum bleeding will also occur. At the same time accompanied by periodontal or gum pain, yellow tongue thick, dry mouth, short temper and so on. In this case, periodontal curettage is usually used, that is, to eliminate local inflammation of the gum with traditional Chinese medicine. At the same time, use the traditional Chinese medicine to clear heat and detoxify and clear the diarrhea and stomach fire (10 grams of scutellaria baicalensis, 10 grams of clove leaves, 15 grams of forsythia, and 15 grams of honeysuckle).
Gum pale: Qi deficiency. Chinese medicine believes that qi and blood can be known by looking at the gums. Gum is a very easy place to observe qi and blood. If a person has insufficient qi and blood, and qi deficiency, the gum color is mostly pale white. Often manifested as expectoration in the morning, dark red saliva in the oral cavity, fat mass, tooth marks, and white fur, accompanied by lack of energy, insomnia and dreams, waist and knee weakness and other symptoms of Qi deficiency. Tonic Qi Deficiency can be selected from medicines with qi-enhancing effects, such as ginseng, American ginseng, Codonopsis ginseng, Pseudostellaria heterophylla, Poria, Chinese yam, atractylodes, astragalus, ganoderma, jujube and other Chinese herbs. Those with qi deficiency should usually take more exercise to strengthen their physique. Traditional fitness methods are most suitable, such as Taijiquan and Taijijian. In diet, eat more qi foods, such as millet, glutinous rice, lentils, carrots, tofu, sweet potatoes, chicken, pork belly, potatoes, shiitake mushrooms and so on.
Dark red gums: Yin deficiency. The gum color of yin deficiency type people is dark red, often accompanied by symptoms such as irritability, night dreams, hot hands and feet, and low saliva in the mouth. Zhu Danxi, the head of the "Yinyuan Four Great Masters" and the founder of the Yangyin School, pointed out: "People, Yin is often inadequate, Yang is more than enough; Yin deficiency is difficult to treat, Yang deficiency is easy to replenish." Winter, white fungus, duck pear, duck meat, mulberry and other medicinal and food products can play the role of nourishing yin. People with yin deficiency constitution are more irritable and easily upset and angry. This is the reason that yin deficiency is hot and fire disturbs the gods. Therefore, it is necessary to follow the "Tranquil Nothingness" and "spiritual inner guarding" method of spiritual cultivation. In work, I usually fight less with non-principle issues to reduce anger. During the holidays, you can rest in the countryside and stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Dark purple gums: blood stasis. In people who have suffered from periodontal disease for many years, the color of the gums can be dark purple, clots or blood stasis can be seen on the gums, and the tongue coating is yellow or white coating. This condition appears to be a type of blood stasis in Chinese medicine. These people will also show some symptoms of blood stasis, such as dizziness, dark complexion, and dark lips. Older people have coronary heart disease, often tingling in the precardiac area, and accompanied by toothache. People with blood stasis type can often eat hawthorn tablets and drink wine in moderation to promote blood circulation and improve blood circulation. Proper exercise is also important to help regulate blood stasis. Dancing, Tai Chi, and Baduanjin are recommended. People with blood stasis constitution need to cultivate optimism in mental conditioning. If the spirit is happy, the qi and blood will flow smoothly, and the camp and health will circulate.
It should be reminded that the abnormal color of the gums does not necessarily indicate that the body is sick, and some objective factors may also cause it. For example, in some areas, due to the special water quality (high fluorine, high calcium, heavy metal pollution), the gum color will have some pigmentation, which can appear dark purple, brown, dark red, pale white or pale yellow. Others have thinner mucous membranes, gums and bone walls are closer together, and the gums are pale white. These conditions are still normal gums, so don't worry too much.
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