Most people cannot imagine that a seemingly irrelevant problem with their gums can cause tooth loss.It is the ‘receding gums’ that bothers dentists worldwide. As you are probably guessing, it is a dental issue in which tiny gaps develop between teeth and gums. Gums tend to withdraw, leaving a huge surface are of the teeth uncovered. These gaps are usually filled with bacteria, which may eventually affect the roots, causing unbearable pain. Teeth get extremely sensitive. This initial stage leads to a further tooth loss, because bacterial infections cause permanent damage to both bone structure and supportive tissue.
Receding gums is a rather common condition, but the issue is oftentimes neglected or treated improperly, mostly due to the fact that the recession develops quite slowly. Carefully check your teeth to see if there is any initial symptom. Prevention and proper treatment are always better than treating the issue once it reaches a lot severe stage. Here are some of the symptoms you should be aware of:
- tooth ache
- longer or larger looking teeth
- higher sensitivity
What is the main cause of your receding gums? Pay attention to the following factors:
- Aggressive brushing will not make your teeth any brighter or cleaner. Hard pressure on your teeth damages tooth enamel, and the only thing you will get at the end is receding gums. Yes, you may want to brush your teeth a little gentler.
- Could it be your genes? If that is your case, you cannot do much to ease your situation, but general awareness will sure be of some help.
- Periodontal diseases sometimes occur as a result of bacterial infections. These infections damage your gums and the bone that supports your teeth. This is a rather serious issue that will contribute to a severe tooth loss.
- Do you fancy tongue or lip piercing? Having jewelry in your oral cavity causes certain rubbing against your gums, and lead to erosion.
- Hormonal changes can really make a huge mess inside your body, including gum recession. Your gums get more sensitive and fragile than ever.
- Ingesting tobacco increases the likelihood of plaque buildups on your teeth, which leads to receding gums. You saw this one coming, right?
- Clenching and grinding adds additional pressure on your teeth. Stop doing this if you do not like to lose your teeth. If your upper and lower teeth do not meet you are likely to use more force than usual. If this is your case, do not be surprised if your gums recede.
- Do not wonder where did all that tartar and plaque come from, especially if you do not flush or brush regularly. Tartar gets inbetween your teeth and pushes your gums up.
Go to your dentist as soon as you see the tiniest gap between your teeth and gums. You will probably be scheduled for tooth scaling, a treatment which involves removing your tartar and plaque from the area between your teeth and beyond your gum line.
If your condition is more severe, your dentist may suggest that you do a gum surgery. You will have your soft tissue grafted. This will stimulate the regeneration of any lost tissue and bone. Some surgeries involve pocked depth reduction.
If you are lucky enough to deal with a less severe problem, consider trying alternative therapies and home remedies. In this way you may solve your problem without any additional effort or hospital hassle. When applied properly, these remedies can do miracles.
Sesame and coconut oil
Sesame oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and it has been long used in the treatment of cavities. Use it to remove toxins from your oral cavity to reverse plaque buildup. Wonder why? Sesame oil protects your teeth by coating them. Warm it slightly and swish it around your mouth for several minutes. For optimal results, hold it in your mouth for 15-20 minutes every day.
You can use coconut oil if you prefer it better. It provides a strong antibacterial effect.
Green tea has some amazing healing properties. It is packed with mighty antioxidants which aid in the fight against free radicals. In this way you will be safe from various ailments. Free radicals may be the root cause of your periodontal disease, the initial stage of receding gums. Green tea is also rich in catechins, strong antioxidants that relieve periodontal diseases. These strengthen the bond between your teeth and gums. Green tea has strong anti-inflammatory properties and reduce swelling. Inflammation will only worsen your condition, and that is the last thing your gums need.
It is a common skin care product. Aloe vera repairs cell structure and relieves inflammation. It provides an excellent treatment against receding gums, due to its ability to fight inflammation. People like using it for its anti-bacterial properties.
Clove oil, Eucalyptus oil and Myrrh
Clove oil is a common numbing agent, and it is usually used for its ability to relieve toothache. Use clove oil to treat halitosis as well. If you opt for this remedy, rub 1-2 drops onto your gums. Make sure you consult your doctor if you are taking blood clotting medication.
Eucalyptus oil is a strong germicide. It destroys germs and prevents oral diseases. Consider diluting the oil before you apply it onto your gums.
Massaging myrrh also helps. After you crush it finely, combine your myrrh with water and apply it to your sore gums.
It is a popular anti-bacterial and antiseptic agent. Use lemon oil to encourage gum reconstruction. It also helps in treating halitosis.
Lemon has mild anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties which is great for your oral cavity. Lemon helps in growing back your gums, as it boosts the regeneration of your gums. Lemons have a nice and refreshing scent, so it appears quite handy in your fight against bad breath. Be careful, regular application of lemon oil may damage your tooth enamel, because of its nature. Use lemon oil once a week. Avoid using strong essential oils, and make your own lemon oil to keep your tooth enamel safe.
How to make your own lemon oil?
- 1/4 or 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 or 1 fresh lemon, juiced
- Combine the liquids in a jar.
- Put the lid on and shake well.
- Store your jar in a dark place to transform it into an infusion.
- Let it rest for a few weeks, and then you can use it for your oral issues.
- Shake the content once a day.
- Start using your lemon oil after 3-4 weeks.
- Apply a tiny amount of your lemon oil onto your finger or toothbrush.
- Rub it gently onto your gums for several minutes.
- Repeat the treatment once or twice a week. Anything more than this will cause you severe problems.