Receding gums or gingival recession is a gradual process in which soft gum tissue surrounding teeth starts wearing away and the roots of teeth become more exposed. Gaps are formed between the gum line and the teeth.
However, it affects personal look, but it can also result in more risks of dental problems and bacterial infections. If it left untreated, it can result in damage of teeth, bony structures and other surrounding tissues. Therefore, it becomes necessary to fix receding gums to avoid further complications and bacterial growth.
Initial signs and symptoms of Receding gums
The first sign is increased sensitivity of teeth to cold and hot foodstuff. However, it is also a common indication of other gum and dental diseases, but if you see any teeth is looking longer than others are, you might have initial stages of gum recession. You should not ignore these signs and check with your doctor. There are varieties of treatments and natural home remedies, which can help you stopping and preventing the further damage due to receding gums.
Other symptoms of receding gums
- Gum tissues creep down and teeth roots become more exposed.
- You might see yellow dentin, which is exposed due to shifting of gingival tissues.
- Increased sensitivity
- Strained yellow teeth
- Your teeth become more prone to tooth decay.
- You can also see longer teeth than usual.
- Spaces between teeth can also become more prominent.
- Food packing can be other issue that you can experience due to gum recession.
Causes of receding gums
A several factors can play a role in development of receding gums, including:
- Bacterial gum infections can damage surrounding tissues and supporting bony structures that hold teeth in natural place. Gum infections are very common cause of gingival recession.
- Your genetic can also be responsible for making you more susceptible for various periodontal gum diseases and infections.
- Hard brush can also be a cause of enamel damage and wearing off gum tissue.
- Dental plaque and tartar can also be a cause for receding gums. It can develop due to inadequate care and cleansing of the teeth and oral cavity.
- Some life stages such as puberty, menopause and pregnancy in women can result in hormonal fluctuations. These fluctuations can also a predisposing factor for receding gums.
- The use of tobacco can result in gum recession.
Can Receding Gums Grow Back
The answer is probably yes. We can stimulate the growth of gum tissue and stop the further loss of gum tissue through various methods. You should follow the steps given underneath for preventing, stopping and growing back gum tissue.
- Identify the actual underlying cause. In most of cases, infections are common cause, so consult your physician for the treatment of dental infections.
- Avoid the tobacco use and other things, which can result in plaque formation.
- Improved oral hygiene has very crucial role in preventing and stopping gum recession.
- A gentle massage with mustard oil or olive oil can also help increasing gum tissue growth by stimulating blood circulation and availability of several nutrients to gum tissue.
Receding gums Remedies
Many home remedies can prove to be very effective for the treatment of receding gums. You can also use natural home remedies for reversing receding gums, as follows.
Green tea, also called the elixir of health, is known for preventing diseases from their very inception. Green tea contains anti-oxidants, which help to maintain good immunity against various infections.
Green tea aids in lessening of redness in gums and reduces inflammation caused due to gum diseases. By killing the germs present in the mouth, it helps to maintain oral health, which otherwise may cause periodontal issues.
Take a cup of refreshing green tea in the morning every day for reversing receding gums.
Intake of hazardous materials and excess plaque deposition can lead to receding of gums. Sesame oil, preferably warm can help to build a protective layer over gums and teeth preventing dental decay.
How to use sesame oil for receding gum
- Take a quarter cup of sesame oil and warm it, but do not make it very hot.
- After you brush your teeth, use the sesame oil as a mouthwash all around your mouth for several minutes.
- Once you start, continue the oil pulling method for half to one minute and later keep on increasing the time as you get used to it.
- After doing this exercise for a week persistently, you will be able to do it for about 15-20 minutes at a stretch.
Coconut oil helps a great deal in reducing and restoring receded gums. It provides anti-microbial benefits, which help to protect the teeth and gums from decay caused by germs and bacteria, food particles that stick between the teeth and other toxic substances. It acts as a protective shield against dental decay by covering teeth and gums. Apart from the relief, it provides in case of receding gums, it can also be used for obtaining general oral hygiene. Oil pulling with coconut oil also helps maintaining optimum health of oral cavity.
How to use coconut oil for receding gums
- After brushing your teeth, take some coconut oil (preferably virgin coconut oil) and use it as mouthwash.
- Try this for a couple of minutes initially and then increase the time.
- For long-term protection against dental disorders, do this exercise for 15-20 minutes daily.
- This may also help to grow back your receding gums.
Lemon has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which can instantly stop the gums to recede, by killing the germs and bacteria causing it. It also helps to detoxify the mouth. Direct use of lemon causes the corrosion of enamel. So in place of lemon, lemon oil is used which can be prepared at home. Using it as a mouthwash will enable tissue formation at damaged spots.
Procedure of making Lemon Oil at home
You need 1/4 – 1/2 cup Olive oil and some lemon juice of 1-2 lemons.
- Take the oil in a jar with lid. Add fresh lemon juice into the jar and cover it.
- Shake it well and place it in shade for 3-4 weeks to prepare an infusion. Shake it once every day.
- To use it, take a small amount of the lemon oil on to your finger or a toothbrush.
- Massage your gums with the oil for a few minutes.
Eucalyptus is an essential oil having anti-inflammatory properties. It destroys the germs and bacteria present in the mouth, which cause gum disorders and reduces swollen gums. It also stimulates gum tissue development and repairs ruptured gums.
- Dilute the eucalyptus oil with water, and shake well before you use it.
- Dip your fingers or toothbrush in diluted oil and massage your gums gently for few minutes.
- Wash your mouth well with water.
Cloves are considered very effective against bacterial and fungal infections. It also aids the development of tissue and repair of receded gums.
- Apply clove oil to your gums and massage for a few minutes.
- Do this 1-3 times daily.
Tea tree oil
A small amount of tea tree oil is to be diluted in olive oil and used as a mouthwash. It has a strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial property that kills germs and removes plaque, which is responsible for receding of gums.
Aloe Vera is a very effective and easily accessible herb, which is has anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial properties. It helps to prevent tooth decay, gum receding and restore damaged gums.
- There are two ways in which Aloe Vera gel can be used to treat receding gums – brushing and as a mouthwash.
- Every morning and at night, after brushing, take some aloe vera gel on your toothbrush and brush your teeth and gums for 3-5 minutes. Wash mouth properly.
- Alternatively, use aloe vera gel as a mouthwash. After brushing in the morning, add some water to aloe vera gel and mix well to get the consistency of a mouthwash. Wash your mouth with it.
Sodium Bicarbonate Paste
Since baking soda is a basic compound, it will help to neutralize the acidic compounds produced by bacteria that cause gum diseases like gum recession, etc.
Pour several tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl followed by a few of water and stir with your finger to form a paste that you can scoop in your finger. After getting the paste of correct texture, apply it on your gums (not just the receding sections) and gently massage for about 20 seconds. After this, gargle with clean water.
Vitamins are extremely important for the overall growth and development of a disease free body. People who do not consume the recommended amount of vitamins put themselves at a higher risk of getting gum disease.
Vitamin C specifically is the chief vitamin that is required for maintaining healthy gums as well as fighting off any attacks on the same. Though taking vitamin supplements to meet the body’s vitamin requirements is completely fine, but it is always recommended that vitamins be taken in their natural form. Some naturally available sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits like oranges, AMLA (Indian gooseberry) and lemon.