Can My Receding Gums Grow Back Naturally?
Gingivitis is a common condition affecting the gums that can cause them to recede or pull away from your teeth. Because of the oral health risks and somewhat unattractiveness of receding gums, many people wonder if there are any home remedies that will help their gums to grow back naturally. The good news is that, in addition to putting some extra effort into your oral hygiene, there are a few things you can do to stimulate the growth of your gums. And as you might expect, it’s important that you discuss gum health with your dentist.
Can Receded Gums Grow Back?
Like other soft tissues in your body, your gums are continually regenerating. However, there are many habits and circumstances that can weaken and deteriorate them. If you don’t brush your teeth often or well enough (allowing gingivitis to persist) or if you brush too aggressively your gums may appear to shrink or draw away from your teeth. This can also happen if you grind your teeth, use tobacco, or go through hormonal changes.
In mild cases, the following natural home remedies may help bring the gums back to their original position. But if you have a severe case, it’s important that you see your dentist for better results.
1. Step Up Your Oral Hygiene
Use a small-headed toothbrush with soft bristles and brush with gentle circular strokes. Brush in the morning and at night, and if possible, brush after lunch as well. Electric toothbrushes are helpful in keeping you from brushing too aggressively, and some even come with a pressure sensor that will alert you when you start to brush too hard. Flossing after every meal will also help curb gingivitis be removing food particles and hard-to-reach plaque from between your teeth.
2. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
To maintain good gum health it’s important to eat lots of Vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C and other nutrients like Omega 3s will help reduce inflammation from gingivitis and promote gum regeneration.
3. Use a Germicidal Mouth Wash
After brushing your teeth, rinse with mouthwash that contains an essential oil like peppermint or sage. This will help eliminate germs, and when done regularly, it can control the infection that causes receding gums.
4. Drink Lots of Water
If you drink a lot of soda or juice, try to replace those beverages with good old H20. After you eat, rinsing your mouth with water can be big help to wash away food particles left behind. Doing this often will also balance your oral pH levels and prevent dry mouth, which will help to keep bacteria from forming and promote healthy gums.
5. Try Oil Pulling
Have you heard of the Ayurvedic technique called oil pulling? While there isn’t much scientific proof, many believe this will promote gum growth among other health benefits. For 15 to 20 minutes, swish one tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil around in your mouth. Pull or suck the oil through your teeth until it becomes white, which should indicate that it has picked up impurities. Spit out the oil (in the trash, not the sink) and rinse your mouth with water. Do this daily for best results.
Medical Treatments for Receding Gums
If your case is severe enough to cause deep pockets and bone loss, you may need surgery to repair the damage. The procedures used to treat receding gums generally involve folding back the existing gum tissue, cleaning bacteria from the bone and tooth pockets, and either securing the gum back over the root system, or sewing a soft tissue graft to the gum to cover the exposed tooth.
Talk to your dentist today about your gum health and find the solution that’s best for you!
Sara Thompson is a health and lifestyle blogger in Vancouver, WA. This article was written in partnership with the family of dentists at Sheron Dental.