Receding gums is a dental problem which occurs due to tiny gaps between the teeth and gums. It’s a pretty painful issue that is usually resolved with a trip to the dentist. The condition causes the gums to withdraw up, exposing most of the tooth and making it more susceptible to bacteria which can attack the root and cause unbearable pain. If left untreated, this can lead to tooth loss and bacterial infections which can destroy your teeth.
The most common symptoms of receding gums are toothache, higher sensitivity to hot and cold and larger looking teeth. The recession occurs slowly and it is often ignored until the pain becomes too much to bear.
There are many causes of receding gums, and it’s not always the poor oral hygiene that leads to the condition. Here are some of the main causes of receding gums:
By brushing your teeth aggressively, they won’t become cleaner. Putting too much pressure on your teeth can damage the enamel on your teeth and you may end up with receding gums and further problems.
Some scientists claim that receding gums may be caused by genes. There’s not much you can do in this case, but knowing about it should at least make you more aware of the problem.
Receding gums can sometimes occur due to bacterial infections which can damage the surrounding area of your teeth.
Tongue and lip piercing
Jewelry in the oral cavity can rub your gums and lead to erosion which might result in receding gums.
Hormonal changes can cause quite a lot of damage to your body including oral problems such as receding gums.
Smokers have an increased risk of plaque accumulation on their teeth, which might lead to receding gums.
Clenching and grinding of the teeth
Putting additional pressure on your teeth by clenching or grinding them can lead to receding gums and other problems which can cause severe tooth loss over time.
Plaque and tartar on the teeth
Not brushing and flossing properly and at least twice a day will allow plaque on your teeth to accumulate, resulting in receding gums and tooth loss.
If you suspect that you’re suffering from gum recession, you should immediately visit your dentist to prevent further problems. The usual treatment involves removing excess tartar and plaque from the teeth, or gum surgery if the condition has progressed too far. In this case, your dentist will graft new soft tissue which will regenerate any lost tissue and bone.
If you’re suffering from mild gum recession, you can try treating it with some natural remedies at home. Here are the best natural remedies against gum recession:
Sesame and coconut oil
Sesame oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can do wonders against cavities, while coconut oil will kill all bacteria in your oral cavity and prevent infections. Swish a bit of either oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes every day and the problem should soon go away.
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants that can fight bacteria and free radicals in the body and prevent gum recession. Free radicals can cause periodontal diseases which might cause gum recession, which is why you need to drink a few cups of green tea every day. Green tea has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties as well that can relieve the inflammation in your oral cavity and reduce the risk of gum recession.
Fresh Aloe gel will repair your gum tissue and relieve the inflammation and swelling. It is an excellent remedy against receding gums and will also provide an anti-bacterial effect.
Clove, myrrh and eucalyptus oil
Clove oil has a numbing effect due to the presence of eugenol, and can successfully stop your toothache. It can also treat halitosis, but consult with your doctor first if you’re planning on using it as it can interfere with certain medications. To use clove oil against toothache and receding gums, rub a few drops on the painful area.
Eucalyptus oil has powerful antibacterial properties and will destroy the bacteria in your mouth. Finally, the myrrh oil can relieve the inflammation in your gums and help them heal.
Lemon is a powerful antibacterial agent and an antiseptic that will regenerate your gums and help them heal. The lemon oil will destroy bacteria in your oral cavity that might cause receding gums and has a pleasant and refreshing taste and aroma that can prevent bad breath. However, make sure to use it 2-3 times a week as it is pretty strong and can damage the enamel on your teeth.
Here’s how to prepare a powerful remedy against receding gums at home:
½ – 1 lemon (juiced)
½ cup of olive oil
Squeeze the lemon in a cup and mix it with the olive oil well, then leave the mixture in a dark and cold place for a couple of weeks, shaking it occasionally every day. After about a month, you can rub the oil on the affected area for a couple of minutes to promote gum regeneration and treat receding gums.