Natural Countermeasures – Gum Recession
These natural countermeasures for gum recession prevention are in addition to the first and foremost natural remedy, a good oral routine. Brushing at least two times daily, flossing regularly, and seeing your dentist for regular check ups / cleanings is the best way to fight gum and tooth issues. Adding the following countermeasures, proven to help gum recession will only provide extra protection.
As gum disease is the root of this problem many of the suggested countermeasures address bacteria growth, plaque build up, and the need for healthy gums. Non of these suggestions are a substitute for standard oral care.
Toothpaste and Mouthwashes Containing Various Tree Oils
Some mouthwashes and toothpastes contain natural extracts from certain trees. For example, Neem, an abstract from an evergreen tree native to India has antibacterial benefits that has been proven to control specific oral bacteria associated with plaque build up. A second example is Tea Tree Oil. A natural antibacterial used in treating gingivitis is found in some natural toothpastes. Although toxic if not diluted, its antiseptic uses are well documented.
Cranberry and Vitamin C
In addition to documented renal health benefits cranberries are now being praised for their ability to reduce inflammation in oral tissues. And you know that feeling you get after a glass of cranberry juice that it seams to leave a film on your teeth. Some studies have shown that it coats your teeth and temporarily prevents bacteria from sticking, which is very good for gum health and gum recession. Any fruit containing vitamin C can have additional oral health benefits. See Nutrition for Dental Health (Part 2) for more on vitamin C.
Something Less Traditional
Oil pulling, aka “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for up to 20 minutes. This is said to draw out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your general health. To learn more about this see “Oil Pulling Coconut Oil.”
This post would be lacking if it didn’t mention the following things to avoid, things with a direct impact on oral health and gum recession. First, Smoking and tobacco use significantly increases your chances to develop gum disease. Second, recreational drugs that dry out your mouth and quickly destroy your oral and overall health. I.E. Meth Amphetamines.
If you have noticed redness, inflammation, or recession on your gums, make an appointment to see Dr. Mathews at Erbsville Dental in Waterloo. Gum disease is treatable and the earlier it’s diagnosed the less damage it will cause. Make an appointment today.
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Accordingly, always seek the advice of your Dentist or other healthcare providers regarding a dental condition or treatment.