The treatment for receding gums usually requires long visits to dentists, lots of pain and of course you must pay a lot of your hard-earned money. What if there is a natural way to regrow your receding gums?
Receding gums, or gingival recession, is a retraction of the gums from the crown of the teeth.
It is a progressive condition that may start as early as in childhood or adolescence and worsens ever so gradually over the years. By the time it becomes apparent, usually past the age of 40, the roots of the teeth may have become exposed.
Why gums recede from the teeth?
Gum recession is usually associated with poor dental hygiene since gum disease is the most common cause of this condition.
But even if you brush your teeth religiously every morning and night and thoroughly floss in between them, you could still have receding gums.
Overaggressive hygiene measures like vigorous brushing and flossing can be equally responsible for gum inflammation, which exacerbates the gingival recession.
Some of the other risk factors for receding gums include smoking and tobacco use, bleeding from the gums as in scurvy due to Vitamin C deficiency, acid damage to the teeth enamel from acid reflux or self-induced vomiting, and orthodontic treatment involving repositioning of teeth.
If you have any of the following symptoms of gum recession, it pays to take remedial measures as early as possible:
Longer teeth – This is hard to notice since the changes are gradual, but you could compare the present length with old photos.
Color change at the gum line – You might notice that your tooth crown and exposed root may be in different shades.
Inflamed gums – Your gums are red and swollen, especially along the margins.
Bleeding from the gums – Your gums may bleed when brushing teeth or biting into apples or other hard foods.
Food sensitivity – You may have a sharp pain when consuming hot, cold, sweet or acidic food and drinks.
Shaking teeth – You may feel your teeth moving slightly.
How Do You Know You Have Receding Gums?
There are quite a few symptoms associated with receding gums. The most common of these is the shift of the gum tissue which causes the yellow dentin to be exposed.
The other symptoms are sensitivity, stained teeth, yellow appearance of roots, susceptibility to decay, long teeth, spaces between teeth, food packing between teeth, etc.
Regrow receding gums with these home remedies
1. Green Tea
Free radicals in the mouth can cause periodontal disease, and consequently, receding gums. The catechins present in green tea are antioxidants that will help fight even existing periodontal disease.
These catechins will also strengthen the bond between the gums and teeth. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea will help reduce the swelling of gums that obstruct the proper healing of the gums and oral diseases.
Consume a cup of green tea in the morning every day.
2. Aloe Vera
When it comes to receding gums, aloe vera not only reduces the inflammation of gums but also activates the cells that are important for the repair of tissues. Aloe vera also has antibacterial properties that keep infections away from the mouth.
The herb has anti-inflammatory as well as cell-repairing capabilities. Aloe vera also encourages soft tissue organization, leaving us with no doubt about its effectiveness in gum recession.
- Use aloe vera gel for brushing.
- Add some water to the aloe vera gel and use it as mouthwash every day after brushing your teeth.
3. Oil Pulling
One of the most effective traditional methods for various dental diseases, oil pulling is believed to help reverse gum recession as well.
Oils like sesame oil and virgin coconut oil play a significant role in offering a protective coating to the teeth, thus preventing plaque build-up.
While sesame oil helps remove toxins from the mouth, coconut oil ensures that any kind of dental infection is taken care of.
Oil pulling with coconut oil has the added benefit of ensuring that tooth decay is prevented and cavities are healed.
- Take a teaspoon of virgin coconut or sesame oil.
- Swirl and swish the oil in your mouth.
- Spit out the oil that has turned thick and milky.
- Initially, you may do oil pulling for half to one minute. Then keep on increasing the time till you can pull oil for about 15–20 minutes at a time.
- You can rinse your mouth with warm saline water after it or directly opt for a thorough brushing.
4. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is an effective germicide that can protect the mouth from oral diseases that lead to gum recession. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it also reduces the swelling in the gums.
Massaging the gums with eucalyptus oil will effectively cure and prevent gum recession and also stimulate the growth of new gum tissue.
Eucalyptus oil should always be used diluted as the undiluted oil is too strong for the soft tissues of the gums.
- Add 1–2 drops of eucalyptus oil to 1–2 tablespoons of water and mix well.
- Dip your fingers or a soft-bristled toothbrush in this diluted oil.
- Massage your gums gently with this for a few minutes.
- Wash your mouth well with water.
DIY Mouthwash For Receding Gums
Using a mouthwash regularly is one of the most effective ways to keep your mouth free from germs and bacteria, and consequently, stop gum recession.
However, most commercial mouthwashes are harsh. It isn’t very difficult to make a highly effective mouthwash at home.
If you are using any of the herbs, all you need to do is heat to bring out the properties of raw or dried herbs. With essential oil extracts or non-herbal ingredients, you only need to mix the ingredients.
Making a mouthwash involves three basic methods:
Boiling: In this method, you will need to bring water to a boil, add herbs to it, infuse for about 20 minutes, then strain the water, cool it and bottle it.
Steeping: In this method, take a bottle, add your preferred herbs into it, then pour boiling water on them. Let it steep overnight.
Then strain and use. An alternate way of steeping is to steep the ingredients for an entire week while shaking them well once a day, and then strain and use it.
Mixing: This method is effective when you are using essential oils and extracts. Place your ingredients in a bottle, add water and shake well before using.
You can use your preferred herbs, essential oils, and other ingredients to suit your needs and make your mouthwash using any of the given techniques. To get you started, here are some easy mouthwash recipes for you to try out:
Clove oil relieves toothaches. It also helps to decrease infection in the teeth due to its antiseptic, antioxidant properties.
- Take 2 cups of water
- Add 2 tsp of dried rosemary or 4 rosemary sprigs
- Add 4 cloves
- Boil or steep the solution and use daily
Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash
Tea tree oil has many medicinal properties when applied topically, including antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral action.
This recipe uses myrrh and stevia. Myrrh is usually used as an antiseptic in mouthwashes, gargles, and toothpaste for the prevention and treatment of gum diseases.
Stevia too inhibits the growth and reproduction of harmful bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay.
- Take 1 cup of water
- Add 2 tsp of baking soda
- Add 1/2 tsp of myrrh tincture
- Add 4 drops of tea tree oil
- Add 4 drops of essential oil of your choice (cinnamon, peppermint, lemon)
- Add 1/8 tsp stevia
- Mix all the ingredients and use daily
Mint And Honey Mouthwash
Mint or spearmint essential oil has antifungal as well as antioxidant properties. Honey contains more complex carbohydrates than regular table sugar, so they break down more slowly and are less likely to cause problems in your mouth.
- Take 1 cup water
- Add 1 tsp raw honey
- Squeeze in 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- Add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Add 2 drops of spearmint essential oil
- Add 1 drop of anise seed oil
- Mix the ingredients and use daily
Baking Soda Mouthwash
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate works as a mechanical cleanser on the teeth and gums. It neutralizes acid production in the mouth and also works as an antiseptic to prevent infections.
- Take 1 cup of water
- Add 1 tsp of baking soda
- Add 4 drops of pure peppermint oil
- Add 4 drops of tea tree oil
- Mix ingredients and use daily
NOTE: Always shake the mouthwash well before using it. Do not use tap water. Use filtered, bottled, distilled, or mineral water instead of tap water.
Conclusion: If you noticed that you have health issues with your gums try these home remedies but keep in mind that you always should consult your dentist.