Receding gums are a sign of periodontitis (a.k.a gum disease).
And since most of us do not pay much attention to our gums, the first sign of this disease usually is an abnormal elongation of teeth in one or more areas of your mouth (because of root exposure).
So if you are facing this issue, read on. Because in this article we are going to list out 13 natural remedies for receding gums that you can safely try at home.
Just remember: These remedies will not work if you have moderate to severe gingival recession, in which case you should not waste any more time and visit a dentist immediately.
#1 Increase your vitamin C intake.
Vitamin C is important for maintaining the health of your gums.
That's why scurvy (the deficiency of vitamin C) is also known as sailor's disease because sailors often stay out at sea for long periods of time, during which they do not have any access to vitamin C.
So if you are suffering from receding gums, the first thing you should do is increase the vitamin C in your diet by consuming more citrus fruits and vegetables, like oranges, lemons, and broccoli, or by taking vitamin C supplements.
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#2 Have green tea.
When a group of Japanese researchers studied the effect of consuming green tea on oral health, they discovered that having just one cup of green tea every day for a few weeks was capable of reducing pocket depths in periodontitis and also capable of improving the health of teeth and gums.
#3 Floss your teeth.
Flossing your teeth might be time-consuming, but doing it at least two times a week is essential for those people who have an increased tendency of developing plaque and tartar in their mouth.
This is because not only are plaque and tartar harbors for harmful oral bacteria, they are also responsible for eliciting foreign body reaction from your gums, thus, making them shrink away.
#4 Consume omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids are abundantly found in fish meat, walnuts, soybeans, and eggs. So you should definitely up the intake of these food items if you notice your gums are receding.
In fact, a study found that having 300mg of omega-3 fatty acids daily for 3 weeks was very effective at reducing pocket depths and improving the health of your gums.
#5 Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic remedy for receding gums and is known to have superior results to flossing your teeth.
To do this, fill your mouth with coconut oil or sesame seed oil, swish it around for the next 10 - 20 minutes, and then spit it out. Just make sure you do not accidentally consume any of it.
Doing this every day can help you heal your gums, prevent cavities from developing in your mouth, and also get rid of any bad breath.
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#6 Coconut oil + Himalayan sea salt rub
Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and add some pink Himalayan sea salt to this. Once the salt dissolves in the oil, massage it over your gums and leave it on for a few minutes before you rinse it off with fresh water. This will help reduce any inflammation in your gums and kill off the harmful bacteria!
#7 Use aloe vera gel.
A study conducted in India discovered that painting your gums with aloe vera gel is capable of improving your periodontal health.
Plus, you can speed up this process if you consume 100g of it every day.
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#8 Have amla.
Amla, a.k.a gooseberry, is a sour fruit native to the South-Asian subcontinent. And it is very good at stimulating connective tissue growth in your body since it is packed with vitamin C.
#9 Take Septilin pills.
Septilin is a proprietary Ayurvedic drug that is made of amla, licorice, guggulu, guduchi, and other compounds. And it is very good at boosting your immunity and periodontal health.
#10 Use oregano oil-based mouthwashes.
Oregano oil is a strong anti-microbial agent that has added antioxidant properties. Therefore, it is very good at promoting the health of your gums and reducing gum recession.
#11 Chew on yarrow leaves or apply its essential oil as gum paint.
Yarrow (a.k.a Gandrain in Hindi), is a medicinal plant that is also called the soldier's woundwort because it was often used to stop bleeding in wounded soldiers during wars.
And it also has potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects besides its phenomenal anti-coagulative properties.
So if you are suffering from receding gums, you should chew on its leaves or stem (if available fresh), or add 2 drops of its essential oil in one tablespoon of coconut oil and then paint this over your inflamed gums.
#12 Chew on cloves.
Cloves contain a compound named eugenol in them, which is a potent painkiller. That's why chewing on cloves is known to reduce toothache (even if it doesn't remove the root cause of the problem).
But you can also chew them if you are suffering from gingival recession because swishing the released clove oil in your mouth is known to get rid of harmful bacteria and reduce the inflammation in your gums.
Also read - Health Benefits of Clove Oil
#13 Have sage tea.
Sage, a.k.a Seesti or Sadhu in Hindi is a medicinal plant that has a long history of curing dental problems when steeped in hot water and consumed as a tea.
In fact, chewing on sage leaves is a remedy for swollen gums and dental abscesses.
As mentioned in the beginning, these remedies are potent if you are suffering from mild gingival recession. But they will fail to help you if you have moderate to severe periodontitis.
So if you are suffering from the latter, we strongly recommend you visit a dentist and get your problem corrected as fast as possible before you need extensive treatment.
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