We all want that million dollar smile. Perfect, healthy, white teeth and a smile to go along with them. Sadly, not all of us have that luxury. I’d like to say that you are your own master, and that you alone can make or break your smile. That being said, there are conditions that make it harder for us to smile—not because we can’t, but because we are terrified of the way our teeth and gums look.
Which brings me to one of the painful gum conditions. Yes, I am talking about receding gums: a condition that is not only painful, but also harmful to the look of your smile. Medically speaking, receding gums is a condition in which your gums pull back from the surface of your teeth, and, as a result, your root surface is exposed. The end result is actually gaps and/or pockets between the gum line and your teeth.
Receding gums can often result in tooth loss, and symptoms include bleeding after brushing, bad breath, gum line pain, red and swollen gums, exposed tooth roots and loose teeth.
Factors and Causes
So, how can you prevent receding gums? Or the better question is: what causes receding gums? Once you know the causes, you can easily prevent them. One of the major problems is the way you are brushing your teeth, or the cleaning routine. Genes also play a role, but let’s take a look at some of the known factors that contribute to receding gums:
- Aggressive brushing of teeth
- Plaque buildup due to infrequent brushing
- Genes or family history of gum diseases
- Hormonal changes in women (menstrual cycle and pregnancy)
There are also risk factors, such as medications that cause dry mouth. You should definitely avoid medications that dry out your mouth, because without saliva, the tissues are vulnerable to bacterial infections. According to some research, adults over 40 years of age are more prone to receding gums. Keep in mind that another research study suggests that more than one-third of the world population possesses the genes for developing gum diseases.
So, that brings us to the answer of the question: what can you do? For starters, clean your teeth regularly, without being too aggressive. But aside from being careful with your teeth cleaning, there are also some natural remedies that help a lot. However, I have to state that all of these remedies help when the problem is in the early developmental phase. If detected early, every issue can be solved easily. If not, receding gums might sometimes require a surgical procedure. Pay attention to bleeding, swollen gums and pain at the gum line, as those are the first symptoms. That being said, let’s take a look at the natural and home remedies.
A study conducted by Colgate shows that green tea is one of the compounds that can vastly help with receding gums. Regular tea consumption helps with oral health, promoting healthy gums, reducing bleeding, decreasing periodontal pocket depth, and attachment loss of gum tissue.
How does green tea help? In almost every study that examines green tea, it always comes down to green tea’s high antioxidant density, specifically the antioxidant catechin. Even if you are not suffering from receding gums, make sure to get your cup of green tea daily for better overall health.
There is a saying that aloe vera can help with almost every disease you can think of. How? Aloe vera is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory assets you can find on the market. And receding gums is essentially an inflammation of your gums.
How do you apply aloe vera? Simply look for toothpaste that has some aloe vera in it.
Eucalyptus is another compound that you should look for in toothpaste if you want healthy gums. The plant also works as an anti-inflammatory asset, fighting against every gum disease, not just receding gums. Don’t try chewing eucalyptus leaves like koalas do. If you cannot find a toothpaste with eucalyptus, you can always make a mouthwash.
You’ll need some warm water and eucalyptus essential oil. Add two teaspoons of the oil to one cup of warm water, and then use it to gargle. Repeat two or three times per day.
Last, but not least, Vitamin C, the immune boost vitamin. Whenever you are suffering from an illness, let’s say cold or flu, you need vitamin C to boost your immune system. The same goes for receding gums, which is essentially an inflammation and anti-immune disease. With vitamin C, you are supplying your body with the assets needed to respond to the disease. And there is also a study that proves the effectiveness of vitamin C in treating receding and bleeding gums.
That’s all from me regarding receding gums. If you have any other idea or knowledge of a treatment, be sure to share it with the rest of us.
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