When the ends or margins of the gums recede and make the teeth more visible and ‘naked’, it is called gums recession. So, the tooth is more exposed, vulnerable and visible. Due to this issue, gaps or ‘pockets’ form around the gums and teeth in between and here bacteria thrives all the time. Since the tooth is exposed, it is more sensitive and more pain is felt. Also, the bone tissues can be easily damaged and this will even lead to losing teeth.
This problem is really common and people do not understand fully how serious it is. This is because the problem appears and develops slow, really slow. See your gums with a mirror and you will notice if there Is any change. Sensitivity is first noticed; then another thing is size of the tooth. If the tooth looks bigger than before, the gums are receded. You must take some steps to resolve this. Other signs are:
- Tooth ache
- Large tooth look
What makes gums recede?
This is due to a disease of the gums, but also other reasons like:
Bacteria attack to the gums may lead to this. It infects and damages the tooth bone and causes other problems too.
If teeth are not washed regularly, plaque is created on the teeth edges. This is a hard matter and pushes the gums to recede.
Do not brush too aggressively otherwise the teeth will be damaged and the gums too.
This is mostly noticed in women and hormonal imbalance affects the teeth and gums are more sensitive.
Smoking is linked to many problems like cancer or lung problems but teeth are really affected too. The smoke is piling up more and creating plaque more than natural to the gums.
This damages the oral cavity a lot! If your bites are with force and grinding, the teeth will be more damaged.
Tongue or lip piercings hit against the teeth and further cause oral problems.
Treating the receded gums
If you see this early, the dentist can do his work in no time and with no complications like with root panning and teeth scaling too. He will remove the plaque off the teeth and clean well the gum edges. If you wait for this problem to develop more you might even need a surgery like: lost tissue regeneration, tooth bone regeneration, graft of the soft tissue, reduction in depth and more. To avoid surgery, try natural and home cures we have for you below. Still, talk to the dentist prior using any of them in case your gum problem is really serious.
If the problem is mild, try them right away and the gums will be back to normal in no time.
How do gums grow back again?
The gum is a soft tissue that keeps roots of teeth covered and shielded and keeps every tooth in place. To remove this problem, have good oral hygiene and try even oil pulling.
DIY home methods for receded gums to grow back
Below are natural methods with spices and herbs that help in this problem.
- Green tea
This tea is really amazing and healthy in general. It has loads of antioxidants and they fight the bad free radicals in the body, including the mouth too. This is really good to know for periodontal disease. The green tea has catechin, a really strong antioxidant that kills that teeth disease. Also the catechin fortifies the link between gums and teeth. It fights inflammation too and lessens swellings in the mouth, while it prevents more oral complications. How it is used: have 1 cup or ma few every day in the morning.
- Aloe Vera
This is a known herb for topical use as well as internal. Mostly it is famous for skin care. It fights inflammation, soothes any area and repairs damages. For receded gums, the aloe will fight the inflammation and make the tissue repaired again. Also, it stops future infections to develop and removes bacteria. How is used: you can do this 2 ways with the aloe gel. First, you rinse the mouth with the gel and you brush with it. After you do the floss and brushing, put the aloe gel on the gums and teeth below. The whole thing lasts for 5 minutes. Then, rinse the mouth. The other method is like mouthwash. Brush the teeth and take the gel. Mix the gel with water and gargle every day after the brush.
- Oil pulling
This is the best cure for gum issues. It is also good for fighting oral problems and even healing cavities the most. It has many benefits and one of them is fighting inflammation and reducing plaque, bacteria and toxins. The teeth can be protected with a layer when using sesame oil and plaque will be removed too. How is it used: take the sesame oil and warm it up, not too hot though. Brush the teeth and rinse with the oil. Gargle the oil a bit and start with half a minute. Slowly increase to 1 minute and finally with time, you can even reach 15-20 min.
- Other oil pulling ways
Try even coconut oil instead sesame. That one lessens risk of infection and gum problems while it heals cavities and decay of teeth. How is used: opt for the organic oil. Brush the teeth and rinse with the oil for 1-2 minutes. With time, increase this and reach 20 minutes. Gums will grow back again and bacteria will not thrive in the mouth.
This herb s amazing and such oils are great cures. The oil can even be much more effective than the herb itself. The oil of eucalyptus kills germs and bacteria inside the mouth. Also, it creates healthy protection. It fights inflammation and there is no more swollen gums. However, dilute it with water to reduce the strong effect. How is used: you need 1-2 drops of the oil and 1-2 tbsp water. Dilute this ratio and soak the brush inside. Or use the finger to be soaked. Apply this on the gums and massage.
Take the myrrh tree resin for this. The resin is best for gum receding solving and it stops this right away. How is used: take the powder myrrh. If the form is resin, just make it in powder and crush it. Add water and make it like paste. Put this on the gums with massage. It lasts just a few minutes and then end the process with the brush.
- Clove oil
Another oil famous for oral use. A lot of people are uninformed on this oil and its benefits. This oil attacks the germs and bacteria in the mouth and stops those diseases. It also acts against inflammation and gum swelling. To remove periodontal problems or inflammation, chew one such clove after meals and have bad breath removed too. How is used: massage gums with 2 drops of this oil, 3 times daily. CAUTION: if you take meds for blood clots, talk with your doctor before this method.
For a homemade lemon oil take ¼ or ½ cup olive oil and ½ or 1 lemon juice. Put the oil in a jar and then add the juice. Cover with lid and shake fast. Wait a few weeks and during this time, shake the jar daily. After those 3-4 weeks, start using this. How it is used: dip the fingers in this and massage the gums a few minutes. Do it tops 2 times per week.
More tips on prevention from gum receding
The best option is to prevent rather than cure when it is too late. Many oral diseases can be prevented in time. Read more below to see some good tips on good oral hygiene.
Keep in mind:
- Aggressive brushing is causing damage
- Brush along the gum edges and do not push them
- Gentle motions and strokes
- Use small head brush and the bristles must be soft
- Floss is a must!
- To have healthy teeth, brush and floss every time after each meal. And , use mouthwash too.
Mouthwash for healthy and clean mouth
Bacteria and germs will no longer be inside the mouth if you use mouthwash. Make it even in your own home if you do not want the store bought. Just get some essential oils and get started.
Make a mix of 1-2 drops essential oil and use sage, peppermint or clove, even tea tree oil. Then add ¼ or ½ cup water. Use this daily.
Another option is hydrogen peroxide for fighting infections. If this is strong for you, add some water.
To use mouthwash is crucial at the end of brushing and cleaning. Also, wash the mouth 2 times per day, in the morning and evening too.
Lots of water!
We know that lots of water is crucial for the health and it is crucial for oral health too.
Every toxin is removed with drinking water. Bacteria and germs are removed too and the mouth is left clean. If you can’t brush teeth after every eating, use water to gargle or push stuck food between teeth, swish and gargle and spit it. Or swallow, any way it is fine.
Good nutritious food is vital for general health. Also, immunity gets stronger with such food. Then again, unhealthy food makes bacteria grow more in the mouth and cause infections.
Eat lots of veggies and fruits mostly with loads of vitamin C since it keeps gums healthy. Eat more oranges, broccoli, pineapples, asparagus and strawberries.
Avoid sugars and carb drinks. They make more bacteria.
Also reduce and avoid alcohol, processed food, caffeine and white flour.
Talk with a doctor for any needed supplements.
If you have lack of healthy foods, expect oral problems. For prevention, always consult doctors and see if you need more vitamins and nutrients. The supplements below are the best for healthy gums:
- Calcium for healthy bones
- Coenzyme Q10 for rejuvenating cells and growing back of gums
- Ginko biloba for better blood flow
- Vitamin C for great immunity and fighting inflammation
- Zinc for immunity and fighting bacteria