Receding gums occur as a result of corrosion of the gum tissue around the teeth. To be more precise, this medical issue makes the gums to look like they are receding toward the back of the jaw. This means that a larger area of our teeth becomes more visible. In a situation where gums recede, the area that is usually found between the teeth and gum line increases. This area is perfect place for bacteria growth.
Another unpleasant condition that may occur is over exposure of the root of the tooth that can lead to extreme pain and sensitivity of the tooth. It will also have a negative influence over the structure and bone of the tooth that can cause losing of the tooth.
This is very common medical problem and it shocking that many people who suffer from it actually are not aware of that. The explanation of that is that this process is slow and happens gradually. Remember to check your gums if you teeth have become very sensitive. That is one of the first signs. Another indicator is the size of you tooth: if it is larger than before then you need to treat the problem because it is a sign of receding gums. Other symptoms may be:
Tooth pain/ ache
Larger tooth than before
What causes receding gums?!
There is possibility that it is gum disease, but it also can be caused by many other reasons, including:
Lack of oral hygiene is important and if you skip teeth brushing and flossing you might build up plague on the teeth. That can lead to calculus which is a hard substance which can lead to gum recession.
Periodontal diseases means that there is bacterial infection in the gums. They cause damage to the supporting bone of the tooth and the gums, followed by other problems.
Sometimes you will blame the genes. In this case you cannot change a lot about your problem.
Hormone imbalance is another reason that leads to receding gums. This can be a huge problem especially among women. Those changes lead to more vulnerable and sensitive gums.
Aggressive brushing is completely opposite of brushing teeth on regular basis. If you brush your teeth aggressively then the enamel on your teeth will be destroyed and this will lead to receding gums.
Smoking is also a reason for receding gums because also causes many other diseases such as lung disease and cancer, but it can also cause receding gums. People, who consume tobacco in any form, can get sticky plague on their teeth more easily and this leads to receding gums.
Clenching and grinding your teeth will put pressure on them and this can cause receding gums. Using force to take bits while you eat may also cause the same problem.
This is a weird reason, but piercing your tongue or lips can also lead to the same problem.
How to treat receding gums?
In case you consider that you have problem with receding gums you should visit your doctor on time in order to treat them with either root planning or tooth scaling. The doctor will safely remove the calculus or the plague from your teeth and the surface underneath the gum line. The other case is if you do not notice the problem on time. In this case you may need to do a surgery on your gums in order to repair the damage. Some of the surgeries may be: regeneration of the lost tissue and bone of gums and teeth, depth reduction, soft tissue graft etc. If you like to avoid surgery you can use some of the homemade remedies in this article. But remember to consult your doctor if you have serious gyms infection, because you need to know how deep has the bacteria gone. In this case, this step should not be avoided. If the problem is not so serious then you can use only these homemade remedies. By using them and with proper oral hygiene you can grow back you receding gums.
How can they grow back?
Gums are soft tissues which cover our teeth in order to stay in place and they also cover the root of the teeth. If you want to solve the problem with receding gums you need to have a good oral hygiene and you can use many recipes such as oil pulling in order to grow your receding gums again. Read more in the other sections.
Homemade recipes for growing back receding gums
Below we present you homemade recipes that are made of simple ingredients such as herbs and spices.
This plant is great solution if you have gum problem. It is aloe vera and it has many health benefits and most of them are connected with skin problems. The reason is because aloe vera has many anti-inflammatory properties and repairing capabilities. In cases of receding gums, aloe vera will fight against inflammation and will turn on the cells which are very important for repairing of the tissues. It will prevent other infections, due to its antibacterial properties.
How to use it:
Use the gel from aloe vera for your gums problem. There are 2 ways. The first one is to use aloe vera gel like a mouthwash and for brushing.
Once you have flossed and brushed, put some aloe vera gel and once again brush the gums and teeth. This should last around 3 to 5 minutes. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly.
The other way is to use it as a mouthwash. Once again after you brush your teeth take a little bit of aloe vera gel and dissolve it in some water. The consistency should be good enough for you so you can swirl it through your mouth. Do this every day after brushing.
Undoubtedly, this is one of the most effective treatments for receding gums is oil pulling. It also helps with other oral diseases and it is mostly known for healing cavities. Sesame oil has many health benefits and anti-inflammatory properties. It can reduce plague buildups and destroy the toxins in your mouth. The sesame oil will form a protective layer over your teeth and it will reduce the chances of plague building. You can also use this method for improving the absorption of healthy nutrients in your body.
How to use it:
Take sesame oil and warm it up. Do not overheat the oil. You only need to warm it. Then brush your teeth and take sesame oil in your mouth. Gargle it and swirl it around your mouth. Do this for a few minutes. If you are not familiar with this process you can start with 30 seconds to 1 minute and once you get used to the procedure increase the time. The goal is 15 to 20 minutes.
Other way of oil pulling
Another option for oil pulling is coconut oil. It will reduce the chances of getting infections that may be the reason for receding gums. The coconut oil will heal your cavity and prevent tooth decay and it is one effective ingredient for treating receding gums.
How to use it:
It is advisable to utilize organic coconut oil. Brush your teeth and then take a little bit of coconut oil and use it as a mouthwash. Once again do the method 1 to 2 minutes and increase gradually. The goal is 15 to 20 minutes daily. It can also help you to grow back receding gums and it will prevent bacteria growth in your mouth.
Our suggestion is to obtain resin from the Myrrh tree. That resin is used for curing and treating different gums and mouth diseases. It will stop the recession of the gums and it will prevent additional damages to the gums.
How to use it:
Use powdered myrrh. If you have myrrh in the form of resin, make powder by crushing it. Combine it with water and mix until a paste is formed. Apply it on your gums and massage it well. It should last a few minutes and you can use a toothbrush to complete this method.
This amazing tree contains essential oils and is extremely beneficial for your health. It is fact that the essential oils from the herbs are stronger than the herb itself. That is very clear since we always use only a few drops of essential oils in many recipes. The essential oil from the eucalyptus can destroy germs and bacteria that live in your mouth. They will protect you from any oral diseases. It has many anti-inflammatory properties and they help in reducing the swelling in the gums. Remember to dilute the essential oil before you put it on your gums. It is really strong.
How to use it:
Take 1 or 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 1 or 2 tablespoons of water. Dilute the essential oil in the water and dip your toothbrush or your finger in the oil. Apply it on your gums and massage it gently. Wash your mouth with water. This will stimulate the growth of new gums and it will prevent receding gums.
Clove oil very often is used for preventing toothache. Many people are not familiar with the disinfectant properties of the clove. It can help you to destroy the germs and bacteria in your mouth and it will fight against any oral disease. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well and it can reduce the swelling of the gums. In order to fight periodontal disease you have to reduce inflammation. If you try and chew a clove you will experience a numbing effect. After every meal you can chew a clove. Remember that the clove oil should touch every side of your mouth. This will also destroy the bad breath. If you want you can try and use clove oil.
How to use it:
Take 1 to 2 drops of clove oil and massage your gums. Do this method one to three times in a day.
Precaution: in case of using a blood clotting medication, please consult your doctor before you do this method.
Green tea has widespread use for treating health problems. It is full of antioxidants that fight the free radicals that can cause periodontal disease which can lead to receding gums. One of the antioxidants in green tea is catechins and it helps in destroying any periodontal disease. This antioxidant can strengthen the connection between the gums and teeth. Its anti-inflammatory properties will lower the swelling of the gums that cause oral diseases.
How to use it:
Every morning drink 1 cup of green tea.
Lemons have remarkable antiseptic and antibacterial properties. This fruit stimulates the growth of receding gums. It will also destroy the bad breath. Lemons are acidic and remember that too much of them can destroy the enamel on your teeth. Do not use lemon oil every day. It should be used only one time in week. If you want you can make homemade lemon oil and you will not have to worry about that.
Homemade lemon oil:
You will need:
¼ to ½ cup of olive oil
½ to 1 freshly squeezed lemon juice
Directions: After putting the olive oil in a jar, add the lemon juice. Cover and shake it well. Wait for a couple of weeks. You must shake the jar every day. After three to four weeks you can start with the treatment.
How to use it:
Just put some olive oil on the fingers and massage the gums for a couple of minutes. Do the procedure not more than twice a week.
Tips for preventing gum recession
Probably the best advice is to prevent the problem instead curing it. You will also reduce the risk of other dental diseases as well. Below you can find several useful tips which can help you to take better care of your gums and oral cavity.
Proper oral hygiene
It is very important to keep the oral diseases away.
No aggressive brushing.
Use gentle strokes and circular motion.
Use a brush with small head and soft bristles.
Brush along your gym line, do not push the gums.
The best way to keep your teeth healthy is to floss and brush your teeth after each meal. If you are cannot do that, after every meal use a mouthwash.
Water, water and water
Probably all of you are familiar with the fact that drinking a lot of water is extremely important for the overall health. But find out why water is important for keeping your gums healthy.
– The toxins will disappear from your mouth and your body. You will get rid of germs and bacteria in your mount and therefore you won’t have problems with receding gums.
–Your mouth clean will be clean. If you cannot brush your teeth after every meal you can use water which is stuck between your teeth and in your mouth. Swish it around in your mouth and if you cannot spit the water out you can swallow it. Simple as that.
Consult with your doctor before taking any supplements
Healthy nutrition is important and be aware that you will have problems with dental health and gum diseases if you don’t take care about the food you consume. To prevent that, consult your doctor to find out if you should increase the intake of certain vitamins or some other important nutrients. The supplements mentioned below can help you against receding gums:
– Calcium: it is very important for dental and bone health.
– Coenzume Q10: it will renew your cells and it will help you to grow back your receding gums.
– Ginkgo biloba: it will improve your blood circulation, which is crucial for having healthy gums.
– Vitamin C: it will boost your immune system and also has many anti-inflammatory properties.
– Zinc: it will boost your immune system and you will fight different bacteria that can cause infection and oral diseases.
Mouthwash for a clean mouth
By using mouthwash every day, you will prevent bacteria and germ growth. You can prepare homemade mouthwash if you don’t want to buy it in the stores. You will need some essential oils.
– Prepare a Mixture with 1 to 2 drops of essential oil, such as sage oil, peppermint, clove or tea tree oil and mix t with ¼ to ½ cups of water. Use this mixture every day.
– You can also use hydrogen peroxide against infections. As it is quite strong you must dilute it in water.
Mouthwash is very important. Wash your mouth 2 times every day: in the morning and in the evening.
Don’t forget that healthy food is rich in nutrients important for your overall health. It will also improve your immune system. On the other hand, junk food will cause bacteria growth in your mouth which can cause numerous infections.
-Consume many fruits and vegetables especially ones that are rich in vitamin C as this vitamin is extremely important for your gums. It can prevent inflammation and will regenerate the gums. So, consume oranges, asparagus, broccoli, pineapples, strawberries etc.
– Reduce the sugar intake and avoid carbonated drinks. They accelerate bacteria growth.
– Avoid consuming alcohol, caffeine, processed food, and anything that is made of white flour. Experts explain that these products are bad for your overall health and also for your oral cavity.