In Chinese medicine, gingivitis and periodontitis are often considered to be caused by damp-heat accumulating in the gums. This damp-heat can be generated by poor oral hygiene, a diet high in sugar, alcohol consumption, or other factors that create a warm, damp environment in the mouth. The damp-heat can then cause inflammation, swelling, and bleeding in the gums.
The treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis in Chinese medicine typically involves clearing damp-heat and promoting the circulation of qi and blood to the affected area. Herbal formulas may be prescribed to achieve this, and the patient may also be advised to make dietary and lifestyle changes to reduce the production of damp-heat in the mouth. Acupuncture may also be used to help alleviate symptoms and promote healing. It is important to note that dental care and oral hygiene are still essential for the treatment of these conditions, and Chinese medicine should be used as a complementary therapy rather than a replacement for conventional treatment.