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OVERVIEW OF PYORRHEA
I. Physiological Considerations
The readings indicate that the causes of pyorrhea
included both the invasive action of a particular bacillus upon the gums
and teeth and certain predisposing conditions in the mouth, teeth, and
gums which prepared the way for an attack by this bacillus. The
action of this organism was described as first finding a site for growth
and multiplication in the film which accumulated on the teeth. According
to the readings, this film was caused from deposits left from soft and
overcooked foods. The decay of such food particles on the teeth
produced an acid condition whereas the normal condition of the mouth from
the secretions of the glands of the mouth should have been alkaline.
Such soft food also led to lack of proper exercise of the gums which lowered
the resistance of the gums to attack from the bacilli which had found
refuge in the film of the teeth. Eating and drinking of extremely
hot or cold foods or drinks also lowers the resistance of both gums and
teeth to attack.
The symptoms of the attack of the bacilli were said
to be receding and bleeding gums and loosening teeth. Such symptoms
are those of early pyorrhea. In this disease, if the process continues,
the gums become infected and ooze pus and blood. The teeth themselves
eventually become riddled with decay. The end result of the process
is loss of teeth because they have to be extracted, or because they fall
The readings suggested that the microorganism responsible
for pyorrhea could be isolated and identified. The method suggested
was to take pus and blood from the gums of a patient with advanced pyorrhea
and to incubate this material in a medium composed of material from the
teeth and saliva from the mouth of the same patient with pyorrhea.
Both scrapings of the film and of the debris from accumulations of decayed
food were to be used This mixture was to be incubated at 98.70F.
The organism was described in 1800-21 as having the same shape as a bedbug
but with larger legs. Presumably it could be identified by microscopic
examination of samples from the incubation mixture.
Another experiment suggested in the readings (1800-28)
was that equal parts of blood and Ipsab be kept for nine days. Each
day a smear was to be taken and examined microscopically. No other
instructions were given. Presumably this mixture was to be incubated
at body temperature and evaporation prevented.
II. Suggested Therapeutic Regimen
A. Treatment of early acute cases where infection
is present, gums are bleeding and teeth are loose, but are not decayed
- Massage gums thoroughly for five minutes twice a day with Ipsab.
Repeatedly apply a liberal quantity of Ipsab to the tip of the finger
and massage the gums vigorously on all surfaces. In extreme
cases, take a small tuft of cotton which has been dipped in Ipsab
and use a pair of tweezers to rub this saturated cotton between the
gum and each tooth which is very loose. This maneuver will insure
the contact of the Ipsab with the growing organisms. After the
massage, rinse out the mouth with an undiluted solution of Glyco-Thymoline
followed by tap water. Do not swallow any of these solutions.
- Brush teeth once each day in the evening before retiring with a
mixture composed of equal parts of common table salt and sodium bicarbonate.
Brush teeth each morning after breakfast with any good dentifrice.
- Eat a large raw vegetable salad each day.
- Corrective dental work should be done on any carious teeth.
B. Prevention of pyorrhea in cases where the only
symptoms are bleeding gums and perhaps early loosening of the teeth, but
where no infection is present.
- Massage the gums thoroughly with liberal quantities of Ipsab on
the finger for five minutes three times per week.
- Brush the teeth twice a day and for some of those brushings use
the mixture of salt and soda solution mentioned above, at least once
every other day.
- Eat a large raw vegetable salad each day.
- Corrective work should be done on any carious teeth.
The treatment outlined was not designed for bad breath
or decayed teeth, but specifically for a disturbed condition in the gums
which would soon develop into or had already become pyorrhea. The
basic purpose of the treatment was to strengthen the gums and increase
the resistance to infection. If this purpose were accomplished,
presumably infection would be dispelled, loose teeth would become tight,
and bleeding of the gums would stop.
Ipsab is a compound composed of prickly ash bark,
sea water, calcium chloride, sodium chloride, iodine trichloride (trade
name: Atomidine), and essence of peppermint. The ingredients of
Ipsab were described in the readings as a specific for destroying the
bacillus which was given as the causative factor in the infection of pyorrhea.
The massage and the Ipsab itself were supposed to increase circulation
which probably would aid the absorption of the chemical properties of
Ipsab. This increased circulation would also increase resistance
through the natural defense mechanisms of the body. The properties
in Ipsab were also supposed to stimulate the glands both in the entire
system and especially those in the mouth both directly and by reciprocal
action with the other glands. Stimulation of secretion of glands
in the mouth would help to bring about the normal alkaline condition.
Brushing the teeth with the salt and soda mixture was supposed to remove
the film from the teeth. Thus the readings gave the basic effects
produced by the treatment as destruction of the organism which causes
the destruction of tissue and enamel, stimulation of circulation to the
gums, increase of natural resistance of the gums, restoration of proper
secretions of the glands of the mouth, and cleansing of the teeth.
Because this treatment was not for restoration of decayed teeth, carious
teeth must be dealt with by the procedures of modern dentistry.
This treatment was given to combat pyorrhea and as a way to save only
teeth not yet decayed irreparably.
Statements about the effectiveness of the treatment
in the readings or which were given by persons who tried the treatment
on a scattered individual basis cannot be used to prove definitely that
this treatment will cure and prevent pyorrhea. Controlled clinical
trials are needed under the supervision of qualified dentists. A
summary of treatment has been presented for this purpose.
[Note: The preceding overview was written by Walter N. Pahnke, M.D.
and is excerpted from the Physician's Reference Notebook,
Copyright © 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
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