Retracting the gums can be quite alarming. Not only are they sometimes painful, they can also lead to gaps between the teeth and the gum line, allowing the accumulation of harmful bacteria.
In fact this can lead to serious damage to the supporting tissues and bone structure of the teeth, as well as the loss of teeth eventually.
So what causes the gums to reced?
Believe it or not, a study published in the Journal of Periodontology Online found that one of the causes is actually being a little excessive with your teeth cleaning routine.
Another cause is genetics. According to WebMD, 30% of the population is predisposed to gum disease. If you are among that number, you will always be at greater risk, no matter how well you clean up.
Another cause of gum recoil is having a smoking habit. According to Simple Steps Dental, smoking is one of the biggest factors in developing a variety of gum problems, including gum recoil.
So what can be done with the back of the gums? Do you just have to smile and put up with it?
Natural remedies to cure gum retraction
There are several natural remedies out there that have been proven effective in combating gum recoil. Keep in mind that these remedies are of course more useful if the problem is discovered before getting to the point where surgery is needed.
With that said, if you’ve just started to notice some signs associated with gum recoil (such as bleeding after brushing or flossing, swollen gums, bad breath and gum line pain) you may still be in time to try some of the following remedies for relief and healing :
A Japanese study published by the American Dental Association found that regular consumption of green tea can be helpful in promoting healthy teeth and gums.
The study found a decrease in three indicators of periodontal disease – periodontal bag depth, loss of gum tissue adhesion and bleeding – these benefits were visible when green tea was consumed each day by study participants.
One study evaluated 15 subjects and found that when aloe vera gel was administered orally, the severity of various gum diseases was reduced.
Similarly there are several aloe vera products available such as toothpaste, mouthwash and juices that can be very helpful.
It is an anti-inflammatory substance ideal for fighting gum disease. This could be due to your germ-fighting skills; It kills bacteria in the mouth that promote gum recession.
We recommend mixing the following two ingredients to create a mouthwash, to combat gum recession:
- 2 teaspoons eucalyptus oil
- 1 cup warm water
Vitamin C has been used for centuries to stop gum swelling, bleeding and recession.
A 14-week study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, which found that the severity of bleeding gums tends to increase when vitamin C intake decreases.
Of course, there are other things you can do to not only reduce the severity of gum disease, but also increase overall oral health.
- Maintaining a regular oral health practice
- Use a mouthwash regularly
- Daily flossing
- Gently brushed in a circular motion