Receding Gums: What Should You Do About It?
Posted on: Sunday, June 10th, 2018
Receding gums, also known as gingival recession, is a serious oral condition that shouldn’t be ignored. Healthy pink gum tissue is meant to cover the root of the tooth, but gingival recession causes the roots to become exposed as the gum withdraws. Since this places the mouth at higher risk of decay, infection, and tooth loss, it is essential to identify and treat receding gums as early as possible.
Why Is Your Gumline Receding?
The gums are meant to tightly surround the lower portion of each tooth and remain firmly attached to the jaw bone. This makes the gums responsible for shielding the roots of the teeth from bacteria, plaque, and damage. When the gumline recedes, it withdraws from its correct position and exposes the roots of the teeth. This can happen for a few different reasons.
The first cause of gingival recession is physical wear of the gums that is triggered by vigorous tooth brushing or the use of hard bristles instead of soft. Many people with careful oral hygiene habits find themselves facing gumline recession due to over-brushing.
The second cause of gum recession relates to periodontal disease and inflammation. Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone, both of which are responsible for holding the teeth in place. It causes the gums to pull back away from the teeth, which in turn creates open pockets where bacteria thrives. So much bacteria inevitably causes an infection that triggers the connective gum tissue and jawbone to deteriorate. Without proper treatment, the gums recede until the teeth fall out.
Signs of Receding Gums
A receding gumline isn’t always easy to catch in its early stages. Many people are not aware of the problem until it becomes dramatic. The following signs indicate that the gums are in the process of receding:
- Swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when eating, brushing, or flossing
- Worsening tooth sensitivity
- Teeth that are loose or can move slightly when touched
- Pain when chewing
- Teeth that look longer than others in the mouth
Holistic Treatment Options
Fortunately, there are a number of effective treatment options to slow or even stop your receding gumline. For best results, combine holistic home remedies with professional treatment from a holistic dentist.
Drinking green tea, practicing oil pulling, and supplementing with vitamin C are all proven to naturally improve oral health and support strong gums. One cup of green tea every day was found in studies to decrease periodontal pocket depth, improve attachment of gums to the teeth, and even reduce gum bleeding. The more green tea consumed, the better the results! Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing coconut oil in the mouth for 15 minutes per day and then spitting it out. This removes toxins from the mouth to prevent the oral decay and disease that leads to receding gums. Lastly, since vitamin C is known to support oral health by promoting the production of collagen and osteoblasts needed to form new bone material, supplementing with this nutrient can prevent inflamed and bleeding gums.
You can also stabilize receding gums by incorporating more whole foods into your diet. Healthy gums are supported by nutrient-rich body fluids that flow through the circulatory and fluid systems. In addition to eating more leafy green vegetables that are high in vitamin C, it is also essential to emphasize calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, and iodine. At the same time, stay away from sugar, since it demineralizes gum tissue and accelerates decay.
Make an Appointment With Your Holistic Dentist
Natural remedies are vital to your oral health, but visiting your holistic dentist for professional treatment is also necessary. At Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry in Clearwater, Florida, Dr. Carlson and Dr. Gilton will carefully evaluate the condition of your gums, teeth, and bone to diagnose your receding gumline condition and recommend the best course of treatment.
You could be a candidate for laser assisted gum disease treatment, tissue grafting, or other options that can restore your oral health and help you feel comfortable showing your teeth when you smile. Call (727) 888-6523 to make your appointment at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry today.