Naturally, Receding Gums Can Be Reversed Naturally
Naturally, that’s a statement that shouldn’t be taken without a healthy dose of skepticism.
Not because it may not be true, but because treating receding gums is complex. There are a number of treatments available, including surgical options.
Gingival recession is gradual. That makes it a good thing if you see your dentist at least twice a year, and a bad thing if you don’t. Sometimes it’s asymptomatic which makes only your oral hygienist or dentist able to recognise its presence. It can involve one tooth, or multiple.
Left untreated, the loss of gum tissue often results in exposing the root of the tooth, and altering many aspects of the mouth.
It changes the aesthetics, sensitivity and functionality of teeth affected by this shrinking of the surrounding soft tissue. Your breath can suffer and the taste in your mouth isn’t always good.
Worse still, it can kill you.
Which sounds a bit like a joke, only it isn’t. It’s not even an exaggeration.
It’s an unfortunate fact.
Gingivitis is a bacterial gum disease. It’s anaerobic, and lives below the gum line.
Without treatment, it leads to periodontitis. Periodontitis means damaged gums that allow pathogens to enter the bloodstream. This can result in any number of chronic, inflammatory health issues that are certainly not lesser than endocarditis, but endocarditis can seriously damage your heart and requires emergency care.
It’s an infection of the inner lining of the heart, more often than not targeting the valves and it occurs when staphylococcus aureus bacteria from somewhere else in the body (in this case, the mouth where 94% of healthy adults have some form of it) attach to areas of the heart.
Aside from giving you bad breath, discomfort, pain, gum disease can psychologically impact the way you see yourself, and the opportunities you’re offered.
Gum disease is a significant life-changer. Best it be completely avoided – which it can be by regular dental checkups, and proper at-home oral care.
It all sounds so simple. Yet it is one of the most common global oral health issues. It affects almost 20% of the world’s adult population, which equates to about a billion people.
It happens because accessible and affordable dental care is a luxury for most. Even for those lucky enough to live in an affluent country.
Imagine that. One billion people across the planet having to deal with the results of a bacteria that moved into their mouth and set up its dingy and damaging home to wreak havoc on soft tissue, jaw bone and the ability to properly eat and speak without discomfort or pain or anxiety.
Gum disease has proven links to Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, arthritis, obesity, heart disease and depression. The most useful preventative? Taking personal responsibility for your dental health with the understanding and acceptance that it dispenses its wellbeing and resilience to the rest of your body.
From the perspective of natural remedies for gum recession, the most important aspect is recognising whether progress is being made, and always working honestly with your dentist.
Primarily, not smoking, not vaping, and brushing your teeth the right way are basics of natural oral care.
There are plenty of adverse health effects from tobacco and vapes. To not be aware of that is to live beneath a type of hard mineral aggregate somewhere without a postal address. In terms of oral vulnerabilities, teeth staining is one of the most undeniable results. What may be less obvious is that smoking is a salivary disruptor that completely changes oral microbiome and that is a major cause of gum disease.
Kefir, a fermented yoghurt-like milk drink has shown to be of some benefit as a probiotic, that also helps balance the composition of mouth microbiodata. This, in turn affects gut flora, which studies reveal is largely related to mood management and brain function. It’s also been suggested that kefir can protect against infection by inhibiting harmful bacteria strains.
So it may not be a bad idea to include this nutrient dense, potassium and calcium rich drink as part of a diet that supports good oral health.
Most of us take for granted that we’re brushing our teeth properly. Most of us are misinformed – and without seeing your dentist, there’s nobody to correct you on that.
Regularly replacing the right sized toothbrush for your mouth is important, along with not rinsing after brushing to get the most benefit from fluoride toothpaste.
What’s news to most people is that the ideal time for your morning brush is when you wake up.
That’s right – before breakfast and not after.
Further to that, is waiting at least half-an-hour before having any beverage or breakfast in order to protect your tooth enamel.
This is because brushing – like eating and drinking – can temporarily soften the enamel. Introducing acids from any sustenance can do more harm than good, so patience is useful.
Not easy. What is easy, is remembering not to eat after brushing, and not to brush after eating.
Bacteria build up overnight, and sleeping produces less saliva. Brushing upon waking means that more bacteria are removed, while giving it less time to cause any damage.
It’s an inconvenient truth, really.
Brushing first thing in the morning is an oral health switch most people will refuse to make. It takes some adjusting and some planning. Ultimately it’s worth it – even if it entails brushing your teeth again after breakfast and after the allotted thirty minutes.
Right before you go to bed is the ideal time for the second brush of the day, allowing fluoride to remain on your teeth for the duration of the night.
It’s also the best time to floss.
Receding gums don’t just come from compromised oral hygiene. It can be genetic, hormonal, the result of medications, stress, diabetes or other specific disorders. Age is also a factor.
There’s no need to defer treatment because of embarrassment. Your dentist has chosen their profession to help and heal, not to judge.
Recent studies have shown positive results assisting with the treatment of mild to moderate gingivitis using 10ml of 7% avocado oil as a mouthwash twice daily for seven days.
Oil pulling with coconut oil has also proven beneficial in the treatment of gum disease.
Thirty-second salt water rinses (one teaspoon of salt to a cup of water) provides a natural antibacterial formula that can also soothe sore and swollen gums.
Eucalyptus, tea tree, thyme and peppermint oils can all effectively treat receding gums and promote tissue growth. As natural anti-inflammatory germicides, they also kill bacteria and must be used correctly to avoid poisoning.
Drinking unsweetened green tea twice daily is another natural method to promote oral soft tissue healing.
Clinical trials show that a daily intake of 300mg of omega-3 fatty acids over 12 weeks reduced swelling and helped repair receding gums.
Overall, prevention of course, is better than cure. For some, having seemingly healthy teeth and gums can sometimes be a bit of a trap: it can have people dismiss the importance of regular dental appointments with the idea that their mouth is perfectly healthy.
What they’re overlooking is that harmful bacteria can multiply undetected. The longer you leave it, the worse it gets.
Regular professional care of your teeth and gums will avoid the problem of expensive treatments.
Gum disease often results in the loss of teeth, which means restoration of the gums before implants or dentures. It’s a long process. And a lot of money, time, stress and discomfort in comparison to six-monthly preventive check-ups and cleanings.
The very best natural treatment for receding gums is remembering that nobody, but nobody can simply assume they’re immune to the possibility of gum disease.
So naturally, see your dentist.
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