In the fall of 2011, I had a scheduled dental appointment with a dentist I had been with for approximately 30 years. During this particular visit, I was evaluated by the dentist's hygienist who performed the customary x-rays and provided an evaluation. She noticed that my gums were excessively bleeding, and I acknowledged that I had been experiencing this issue and that it had worsened over the past six months. I informed her that I was unsure of the reason behind it and would await the dentist's evaluation.
Following the x-ray analysis, Dr. Lewis, my dentist, examined my mouth and informed me that there was both good and bad news. The good news was that I did not have any tooth decay, but the bad news was that my gums were bleeding excessively, with margins appearing red and receding by 20% since my last visit. I was taken aback and shared that I had experienced gum bleeding, tooth sensitivity, and discomfort while eating. I requested an explanation of what was happening and what I could do to improve my situation.
Dr. Lewis diagnosed me with periodontal gum disease, also known as periodontitis, and advised me to brush and floss more frequently to alleviate the issue. I mentioned that this advice seemed to contradict what the hygienist had told me about brushing too hard and too frequently.
In my pursuit of a proactive solution, I requested further advice from my dentist regarding my gum disease diagnosis. However, I was disappointed with the recommended course of action - to wait and see if the issue worsened and subsequently be referred to a periodontist for potential surgery. As a healthcare provider myself, I knew that simply waiting for the problem to escalate was unacceptable, and I was determined to find a more proactive solution.
After leaving my dentist's office feeling frustrated and defeated, I sought solace in prayer and asked for guidance and wisdom. Almost instantaneously, I felt a sense of relief and reassurance wash over me, and I was guided to conduct research on gum disease and oral health.
In my search, I explored different cultures' approaches to oral health and hygiene and studied archaeological records of skulls with and without signs of gum disease. Through this research, I discovered that there were no comprehensive home care solutions for periodontal disease, which prompted me to investigate alternative solutions.
Despite the lack of a specific solution for my condition, my research provided me with valuable insights into maintaining good oral health, such as adopting healthy eating habits and utilizing natural remedies. Armed with this newfound knowledge, I was determined to take a more proactive approach to managing my gum disease and preserving my overall health.
During my research, I found that cultures with healthier teeth relied heavily on healthy diets that included healthy oils. However, during that time in 2011, we were being educated by big interests not to eat fat or oils in our diet. It was so bad that we were even told not to eat bacon, eggs, or healthy oils such as olive oil. This led me to do a bible search on oils, which yielded over 200 references to oils being used not only for sacrament but also for cooking, heating, bathing, and oral care. In ancient times, bad oil was one of the most prized possessions. I discovered that all cultures used oil to clean their bodies after that bible search.
One bible scripture that really stood out to me was the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke. In this story, the Good Samaritan came across a pedestrian who had been robbed and was bleeding. Several passersby, including a Levite and a priest, ignored the injured man. However, the Good Samaritan took pity on him and brought him to an inn where he tended to his wounds. The Bible says that the Good Samaritan used oil, in addition to water and wine, to help heal the man's wounds. This shows that oil was a valuable commodity and was carried by people at all times.
After this realization, I researched different oils used by different cultures and found that every culture had its primary oil. For example, Mediterranean cultures used olive oil, Indian cultures used sesame oil, Oceanic cultures used coconut oil, and South American cultures used avocado oil. These oils have been used for over 10,000 years and have been proven to be beneficial for health and well-being.