(Health Secrets) Receding gums commonly affect people age 40 and over. However, plenty of younger people, including teenagers, struggle with receding gums. Though conventional medicine offers surgery for receding gums, the procedure can be quite painful and costly. This surgery also does nothing to address the underlying cause of gum recession. It is possible to reverse gum disease and treat receding gums naturally at home using simple tips and ingredients.
What Causes Receding Gums?
Your gums are designed to fit very tightly against your teeth to protect the roots. When your gums start to move away from your teeth and the root becomes exposed, it causes pain at exposure to hot and cold sensations from food or air. Receding gums are the result of the gum disease, gingivitis, and are usually caused by undiagnosed celiac disease, poor digestive health, and depressed immune system. The tendency toward receding gums can be exacerbated by smoking, misaligned teeth, and brushing too hard.
Natural Treatments for Receding Gums
- Dietary Changes
If your diet consists mostly of processed food, this could be a primary cause of your receding gums. Junk food really isn’t food at all. It’s a concoction designed to taste like food that contains little nutritional value.
In order to treat your receding gums, you need to improve your diet. Slowly taper off of the junk food and invest in whole food and minimally-processed foods like organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, meat, poultry, fish, and healthy dairy products like hard cheese and yogurt.
It’s also very important to test yourself for gluten intolerance. It is estimated that 1 out of every 133 people is unable to digest the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye called gluten.
The best way to test if gluten intolerance is causing your gum disease and any other symptoms you might be experiencing is to remove it from your diet for 6-8 weeks. Afterward, reintroduce the protein to test for a reaction. If you’re intolerant, you’ll know.
Gum recession can also be treated by adding the right supplements to your diet.
Poor digestive health is a leading cause of receding gums. Adding a high-quality probiotic supplement to your diet will improve your digestion and boost your immune system so your body can heal on its own.
- Digestive Enzymes
Millions of people are deficient in natural digestive enzymes due to poor diet and excessive use of antibiotics and over-the-counter pain relievers. Taking a digestive enzyme half an hour before each meal will help your body better break down and absorb nutrients from food, boosting your immune system and improving your overall health.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a strong immune system booster that also holds the cells of your gums in place. Take a high-dosage oral supplement for a month or two then reduce the dosage for maintenance.
- Vitamin D
According to statistics, 85% of Americans are vitamin D deficient due to lack of sunlight and poor diet. Vitamin D deficiency is a common cause of depressed immune system and psychological disorders. The best way to tell if a vitamin D deficiency is affecting your health is to get a vitamin D3 hydroxy test. Many osteopathic and naturopathic physicians advocate taking 2,000-5,000 IUs of vitamin D3 per day to treat a severe deficiency.
- Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique of detoxifying the body and treating gum disease. The best oils for gum recession are organic coconut oil and sesame oil. Oil pulling reduces inflammation, detoxifies the mouth and body, and soothes irritated gum tissue. To do oil pulling, put one tablespoon of oil into your mouth and swish for 15 minutes. Spit. Do this daily for at least one month for best results.
- Soft-Bristled Electric Toothbrush
Most people brush their teeth way too hard, leading to worn enamel and gum recession. To clean your teeth safely and effectively, invest in a soft-bristled electric toothbrush. The brush will clean your teeth and gums, removing plaque and massaging your gums to improve circulation.
If your gums are receding, the best thing you can do for your health is find the cause. Improve your diet, check for gluten intolerance, try oil pulling, and brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush. Soon the discomfort will be gone and you’ll feel healthier than you have in years.