This article present natural remedies which can help you regrow your receding gums, the soft tissues which cover the roots of your teeth and keep them in place. When these tissues are inflamed, it results in gum recession and exposes the teeth, leading to pockets between them which are ideal for bacterial growth. The more exposed your teeth are, the more sensitive and prone to damage they get, which may lead to tooth loss over time.
Gum recession is often neglected as it develops gradually and slowly, and in order to treat it accordingly, you must know its symptoms. The first symptom of receding gums is teeth sensitivity. Other symptoms include toothache as well as larger teeth size than before.
Receding gums may be a result of some gum disease, but it may also be caused by:
Poor oral hygiene
Not brushing your teeth twice a day may lead to plaque buildup which can result in gum recession over time.
Brushing your teeth aggressively can damage the enamel and lead to gum recession.
These diseases include bacterial infections on the gums, which destroy the supporting tooth bone and cause numerous problems.
Hormonal imbalance, especially in women, may lead to sensitive and receding gums.
Smoking is an awful habit which can cause numerous health problems including cancer, lung disease and receding gums. Smokers often suffer from sticky plaque which can later develop into gum recession and other oral problems.
Genes play a big part in gum recession, meaning that you’re likely to suffer from it if someone in your family has had receding gums.
Sometimes, small things like piercing your tongue or lips may result in receding gums, and things such as clenching or grinding your teeth may also result in the condition. Aggressive biting is another cause of receding gums.
Tooth scaling or root planing may be able to help in the early stages of the disease, but if left untreated, receding gums may require surgery in order to regenerate the lost tooth bone and soft tissues. There are, however, several natural remedies which can help you treat receding gums and avoid surgery. If the condition is severe, you should visit your dentist immediately before starting any alternative treatment.
Here are some natural remedies for receding gums which should be used along proper oral hygiene and methods such as oil pulling:
Green tea has amazing health benefits and is rich in antioxidants which can eliminate the free radicals in the body. It is also rich in catechins, powerful antioxidants which can treat any periodontal diseases as they have the ability to strengthen the connection between teeth and gums and reduce the gum swelling due to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Drink a cup of green tea in the morning to treat receding gums.
This healing plant is commonly used for skin care due to its powerful anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Rubbing Aloe Vera gel on receding gums can treat the inflammation, repair the damaged tissues and prevent further infections. You can use Aloe Vera as a mouthwash by mixing the gel with water and gargling the solution after brushing your teeth, or apply Aloe Vera gel directly on your gums after brushing, then brush your teeth again after 3-5 minutes.
Oil pulling is probably the most effective remedy against receding gums and other oral diseases as well. Oil pulling can soothe the inflamed gums and eliminate toxins and plaque deposits while creating a protective layer over your teeth to prevent further plaque accumulation.
All you need to do is to rinse your mouth with warm coconut oil after brushing your teeth. Rinsing and gargling the oil for 30 seconds to a minute will help you get used to the taste. Coconut oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent which can prevent tooth decay and disinfect your oral cavity, while also helping you regrow your receding gums.
Eucalyptus essential oil has amazing health benefits – it can eliminate bacteria and germs in your oral cavity and prevent any infections. The oil can also reduce your gum swelling due to the strong anti-inflammatory properties, but you need to dilute it with water first as it can be very strong. Dilute 1-2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil with a tablespoon or two of water, then soak your toothbrush in the solution and rub your gums gently with it.
The resin from the Myrrh tree can stop the gum recession and prevent further damage and eventual tooth loss. If you have Myrrh resin, crush it until you get a powder, then mix it with water to form a paste which should be massaged on your gums.
Clove oil is frequently used against toothache, and due to its strong antibacterial properties, it can eliminate bacteria and germs in the oral cavity. Clove oil also has anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the swelling and inflammation in your gums and can eliminate bad breath as well. Massage your receding gums with a drop or two of clove oil 3 times a day.
Note: if you’re suffering from blood clots, contact your doctor about the application of clove oil.
How to prevent receding gums?
As with any other disease, it’s best to prevent them before suffering later. These are the things you can do to prevent oral diseases:
- Perfect oral hygiene;
- Avoid aggressive brushing;
- Brush your teeth in gentle strokes along the gum line;
- Don’t push the gums while brushing
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and small head;
- Floss regularly;
- If you don’t brush your teeth after meals, use a mouthwash.
Homemade natural mouthwash
Regular use (twice a day) of mouthwash will eliminate all bacteria in your oral cavity and prevent infections. You can prepare your own homemade mouthwash with essential oils by mixing a few drops from clove, tea tree, sage or peppermint essential oil with ¼ to a ½ of a cup of water. In order to fight oral infections, you can also use diluted hydrogen peroxide.
Water is essential for your overall health and it can also help you in case of receding gums. Water can eliminate toxins and bacteria in the oral cavity by simply swishing it around in your mouth after every meal.
A nutrient-rich diet will strengthen your immune system and prepare it to fight infections. You need to avoid junk food and carbonated drinks as they can accelerate bacterial development in the oral cavity. Furthermore, you should also reduce caffeinated drinks, processed foods, alcohol, white flour foods as they can harm your oral health.
For better oral health, eat more fresh fruit and vegetables rich in vitamin C, which is vital for your gums and may prevent inflammation and stimulate gum regeneration. Fruit and veggies rich in this vitamin are broccoli, asparagus, lemons, oranges, strawberries, etc.
Taking vitamin C, Gingko Biloba, Calcium and Zinc supplements will also improve your oral health and prevent numerous dental problems.