Three out of every four adults have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. This includes receding gums.
California Dental Association
The numbers are indeed staggering! Receding gums is a condition whereby the gums pull back from the tooth surface, exposing the root surfaces of the teeth. It is a serious consequence that often arises due to poor oral health, and may lead to tooth loss. Yet, many people are unaware that their gums may be receding until they have reached a noticeable level. Fortunately, it can be treated, preventing any further damage. Below are eight natural home remedies you can try for receding gums, helping to stop the problem and promote better overall gum health.
Packed with antioxidants, green tea helps in the prevention of a multitude of diseases. Consuming green tea regularly may also decrease the damage caused by receding gums, by reducing gum inflammation and aiding in killing bacteria in the oral cavity.
Use: Drink one cup of green tea each morning.
Coconut oil's microbial properties make it an excellent remedy for receding gums, while also fighting bacteria-related gum diseases. It helps rid the teeth and gums of germs and food particles, preventing tooth decay and further gum issues.
Use: Use virgin coconut oil on a daily basis as you would a regular mouthwash, swishing it around in your mouth for 30 seconds after brushing.
Plaque buildup and toxins often cause receding gums. To minimize these effects, sesame oil can be used to help reduce plaque and remove toxins in the oral cavity. To encourage better absorption, heat the oil slightly. Warmed sesame oil helps to prevent dental decay and gum recession, providing a protective coating on the gums.
Use: Use a quarter of a cup as a mouthwash, swishing the oil around in your mouth for 30 seconds before brushing your teeth.
Myrrh is a well known essential oil that helps stop gum recession, preventing damage to the gums and teeth and preventing root exposure. It is also helpful in strengthening the gums.
Use: Myrrh can be made into a paste by adding a couple of drops to some aloe vera gel, or it can be used as a rinse, combining a couple of drops in some water.
This healing gel is best known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, preventing infections and damaged gums.
Use: Brush your teeth with the gel. You may opt for an aloe vera base toothpaste, or simply apply the gel to your teeth and gums after regular brushing and flossing.
This essential oil prevents gum disease and tooth decay. Eucalyptus oil kills germs and helps prevent gum recession. It is also beneficial in reducing gum swelling due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Use: Dilute the oil in water. Dip a soft-bristled toothbrush into the mix using it to massage the gums for a couple of minutes. Doing so will reduce gum recession and stimulate new tissue growth.
Since time immemorial, cloves have been used as a remedy to reduce the effects of oral infections and damaged or decaying teeth. Clove oil is a potent antimicrobial, antiseptic and antifungal agent that cleanses the oral cavity and stimulates the repair and growth of any damaged tissues, including receding gums.
Use: When used frequently, clove oil, stops bacterial action and disinfects the mouth. Massage into the gums once a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Lemon oil is best known for its antibacterial and mild antiseptic properties. In its ability to kill off bacteria, lemon oil works exceptionally well in preventing tooth decay and gum recession. Due to its acidic properties, however, lemon oil cannot be used frequently.
Use: Combine an ounce of virgin olive oil and the juice from one-fourth of a fresh lemon. The mixture can be used twice a day. Swish in your mouth once in the morning and once in the afternoon.