Let’s start with a simple question. Do you know there is a direct link between your overall health and your dental health? Many health experts will tell you that “the mouth is a mirror of health and diseases”. Usually, our mouth acts as an early warning sign for poor health.
Our mouth is filled with bacteria. Some of those are harmless, while others are harmful. They can cause infections, cavities, gum diseases, and general bad breath.
Receding gums is one of the most dramatic signs of a gum disease. Receding gums happen when the bacteria plaque builds up on the gums and teeth causing inflammation that can destroy the gum tissue. The result is gums pull away from the teeth and expose the roots.
Signs and symptoms of receding gums
In the early stages, many people do not understand there is a problem. Most of the early symptoms of a gum disease are subtle. For example, the occasional blood when brushing your teeth.
With that in mind, here are the symptoms that appear as the disease progresses:
– Swollen gums
– Bad breath that cannot be remedied with teeth brushing
– Gums that are dark red in color
– Gums that bleed when eating, flossing, or brushing
– Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold drinks and foods
– Teeth that are loose, or move slightly when eating
– Pain when chewing
– Discomfort when chewing
– Teeth that appear longer than others in the mouth
Poor dental hygiene is one of the main causes of a gum disease. However, there are also other factors that can contribute to receding gums and periodontal disease.
– Hormonal changes, as women notice that their gums are more sensitive when going through a hormonal shift
– Estrogen and progesterone play an important role, and increased progesterone levels can cause gum disease
– Diabetes, as patients are more prone to infections than the general population
– HIV and AIDS patients that have low and hampered ability to fight off infections
– Smoking can weaken the immune system and make it more prone to infections
– Medications that cause dry mouth, such as oral contraceptives and anti-depressants can cause gum disease
What is the conventional treatment for receding gums?
The conventional treatment includes a trip to the dentist’s office. Not many people love sitting in the dentist’s chair. Common conventional treatment options include:
– Deep cleaning involving a process where the dentist scrapes off tartar from above the gum line and below the gum line
– Antimicrobial and antibacterial mouthwashes in order to kill the infection
– Oral antibiotics might be prescribed for severe infection
Home remedies for receding gums
The good news is that you can treat receding gums with many home remedies. That will help you avoid the stressful and sometimes painful trip to the dentist’s office.
Here are some remedies you can try instead.
Known for its richness in antioxidants, green tea can promote healthy teeth. A study by Japanese researchers found that drinking green tea on a daily basis will decrease the periodontal pocket depth, reduce gum bleeding, and much more
If you want to try natural remedies, taking a page out of the Ayurveda medicine playbook is a great option. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing of coconut oil or sesame oil in the mouth for 10 to 20 minutes per day. According to practitioners of Ayurveda, oil pulling is just as effective as mouthwash at eliminating bad breath.
Deficiency in vitamin C can often result in inflamed and bleeding gums. Therefore, the solution to the problem is rather simple, consume more vitamin C rich foods.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Another way you can improve your oral hygiene with consumption of foods is omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids can help with pocket depth, gums bleeding, and reduce gingival index. Regular consumption of omega-3 will both treat receding gums, and prevent them from happening in the future.
Coconut oil and sea salt rub
You can use coconut oil in different ways. One is oil pulling, and another is in a mixture with Himalayan or sea salt. Mix these two ingredients, and then gently massage your gums. Let the mixture stay for few minutes, and then rinse with fresh water.
Aloe Vera is usually linked with natural skin treatments. But you can use the plant for oral health as well. Whether you use it as a toothpaste, mouthwash, or just juice, it doesn’t matter. As long as you put some aloe vera in your mouth, your oral hygiene will be improved.