The consequences of poor dental hygiene are well known, and one of them is gum disease. When gum disease strikes it causes gum recession. This condition could eventually cause teeth to become lose and in some cases literally fall off. The good news is that there are gum recession homeopathic solutions.
Symptoms of a Receding Gum Line
- Bleeding especially when brushing
- Swollen gums
- Sensitive gums
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth
Conventional Treatment Options
Before delving into the various natural treatments that exist for gum recession it might be a good idea to look at some of the mainstream options available. First we have antibiotics. Now if you live in this century then there is every chance that you have used an antibiotic at least once during the course of your lifetime.
Antibiotics as you are well aware come with a wide range of side effects and risks. For example, if you use them too often and for too long you risk creating super bugs within your body. Antibiotics also cause significant strain to the liver and kidneys, and this is why your physician will tell you to take them with lots of water.
The other treatment option for receded gums is dental surgery. Dentists will recommend this if your condition is at an advanced stage and your dental structure has suffered significant damage. Simply put, surgery is not meant to address the underlying problem but to correct the damage caused by the condition. As a result, the problem may resurface later on.
Natural Alternatives for Gum Recession
As mentioned there are quite a number of natural remedies for receding gums; here are some of the most popular:
Sodium Bicarbonate paste:
Step 1: Pour several table spoons of baking soda into a bowl followed by a few of water.
Step 2: Use your finger to stir.
The aim here is to create a paste that you can easily scoop with your finger; you can continue adding either of the two ingredients until you achieve this. After you are done, scoop the paste (using your finger) and apply it on your gums (not just the receding sections); perform a gentle massage for at least 20 seconds. Being a basic compound, baking soda will help in neutralizing the acidic compounds produced by the bacteria that cause gum disease. After you are done, gargle with clean water.
There are two properties in particular that make Aloe Vera a very effective remedy for a receding gum line. First is its ability to kill a wide range of harmful disease causing bacteria and secondly, its ability to fight and prevent inflammation in the body. What this means is that, not only can you use aloe Vera to treat receding gums but also to prevent it. In this case what you need to do is gargle with aloe gel when you wake up in the morning (preferably after breakfast) and before going to bed at night.
Due to its antiseptic properties, human beings have been using this spice for ages to treat all manner of dental conditions and more so tooth decay. What’s so great about clove is that it doesn’t just kill the microorganisms that cause gum recession, it also stimulates the gum tissue to grow. What you will need in this case is the plant’s oil: simply apply it on your gums and massage for a few seconds. This particular remedy is very effective and, therefore, you should expect to see tangible results not too long after commencing treatment.
This is another powerful natural antibacterial. It is important that you first brush your teeth before using it so as to make the treatment more effective. In addition to killing disease causing microorganisms in the mouth, coconut oil also makes it difficult for food particles to adhere to the tongue and teeth further improving dental hygiene.
If you are an adult then you are all too aware of just how important vitamins are to the body. In particular, they are very essential in protecting the body from a wide range of diseases. People who do not consume the recommended amount of vitamins everyday put themselves at a higher risk of getting gum disease.
To be more specific, vitamin C is very vital in maintaining healthy gums as well as fighting off any attacks on the same. While there is nothing wrong with taking vitamin supplements, it is always recommended that you consume vitamin C in its most natural form. To say the least, you need to start taking your fruits very seriously.
Tips to Maintain Dental Health
If your gums are healthy, then you would definitely want to keep them in that state for as long as possible. The following are some of the measures you can take to keep recession at bay.
- Don’t exaggerate your brushing and more specifically when targeting the gums. Gums aren’t like teeth; there is a limit to the amount of pressure they can take from toothbrush bristles.
- Floss your teeth after every meal so as to eliminate any particles that might have settled in between your teeth.
- Avoid products filled with potentially harsh chemicals that may do harm to your already sensitive gum tissue.
- Last but not least (as mentioned) keep your vitamin levels high (with the advice of your medical doctor or trained professional).
Most people use artificial toothpastes to clean their teeth. The reality, however, is that most toothpaste brands in the market today contain a wide range of chemicals that might accelerate gum recession. The good news is that there are quite a number of safe natural alternatives and the best part is that you can use them to completely replace toothpaste even after your gums heal.
Natural Treatment of Receding Gums – Ingredients to Consider
- Essential oils like peppermint oil
- Baking soda
- Clove oil
- Sea salt
- White clay
- Powdered charcoal