Getting that selfie-worthy smile can be elusive to those with receding gums. You may have shiny white teeth, but if your gums are not as healthy as they should be, then you can stop dreaming about that perfect shot. The answer to this malady may already be on the horizon. Today, cosmetic dentists are more confident about the different treatment options for gingival recession. These treatments allow you to achieve an Instagram-worthy smile without worrying about the ill effects of surgery.
A Look at Receding Gums
Before we learn how to reverse gum recession naturally, let us first gain a basic understanding as to why the gums recede.
Gum recession occurs when the tissues of the gums wear away. This exposes more of the enamel of the teeth. At the same time, pockets develop between the teeth and the gums, giving bacteria a hospitable environment to grow in. Gum disease is the principal cause of gum recession wherein bacteria start destroying the tissues of the gums.
Gum recession is the end result of bacterial infection in the gum line. Performing a thorough and deep cleaning can help remove these bacteria. Many dentists adhere to the deep cleaning technique known as The Keyes Method. The deep dental cleaning technique uses peroxide solution to kill the anaerobic bacteria that are present in the teeth and gums. The addition of salt solution increases the pH of the mouth. This inhibits the activities of bacteria, allowing for their more efficient removal from the oral cavity.
The removal of bacteria from the oral cavity can help prevent receding gums. It can also help prevent gingivitis and tooth decay. The Keys Deep Cleaning Method can also help prevent tooth loss.
Avoiding Fluoride-Based Dental Products
We are always taught that fluoridated toothpastes are best when it comes to strengthen the teeth. Bacteria on the teeth can produce acids that dissolve the mineral crystals present in the tooth enamel. This leads to demineralization. The body attempts to compensate by depositing lost minerals like fluoride, calcium, and phosphate back into the tooth enamel.
However, there is a growing body of knowledge saying that fluoride increases the risk of periodontal disease. Fluoride causes degeneration of the dental periosteum and the vital tissues of the root of the tooth. This leads to the development of progressive gum disease. To be more specific, fluoride prevents the gum tissues from reattaching to the teeth. This can prevent the effective regeneration of the receding gums.
As such, if you want to grow back your gum, it is important to stay away from fluoridated dental products.
Oil pulling is one of the natural remedies that you can try to manage your receding gum. You can swish natural oils in your mouth in an attempt to remove toxins. Most individuals use coconut oil, if not sesame oil. Studies show that this home remedy is as effective as rinsing the mouth with a regular mouthwash. The advantage, of course, is that it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals.
There are also all-natural solutions that can help in the prevention and treatment of gum recession. Examples of these include aloe vera gel, sea salt, coconut oil, green tea, and vitamin C. There are also commercially-available products that use a blend of natural ingredients with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
We now know that receding gums is the result of bacterial infection in the gums. It is logical that dentists will prescribe the appropriate antibiotics to help fight the infection. Antibiotics kill the organisms that cause receding gums. They also pave the way for the cells of the body to start repairing themselves.
Antibiotics for such purposes often come in gel or cream formulations. These are easy to apply on the affected gum. Others may prescribe oral antibiotics. There are also those that administer the antibiotics straight into the affected gum pocket.
The main issue with antibiotics is the risk of developing drug resistance. As such, some dentists choose antiseptic toothpastes and mouthwashes instead of conventional antibiotics.
It is possible to treat receding gums without having to undergo surgery. The best approach is to combine deep cleaning with lifestyle changes. Avoiding fluoridated dental products can also help regrow receding gums.