Gum recession occurs when the margin of the gum tissue around the teeth wears away, or pulls back. Because of this the tooth is more visible. Due to gum recession, “pockets” or gaps are formed between teeth which becomes suitable ground for bacteria to build up. Because most of the tooth is visible, it becomes sensitive and painful. Also the bone structure and the supporting tissue can be damaged which often results in tooth loss.
Although this is a common problem, people do not notice it. This is due to the fact that this process is quite slow and develops gradually. So check you gums if you notice that your teeth are sensitive. That is the first sign. Another warning sign is the tooth’s size. If it is larger than before then you must start with proper treatment as you have receding gums. Other symptoms are:
- Tooth pain/ache
- Tooth sensitivity
- Larger tooth than before
What causes receding gums?!
It can be caused by a gum disease but there are other reasons as well:
- Periodontal diseases – bacterial infection of the gums. It can damage the supporting bone of the tooth as well as other problems.
- Lack of oral hygiene- If you don’t wash your teeth regularly, plague can be deposited on the teeth. Calculus will be formed which is a hard substance that causes gum recession.
- Aggressive brushing– If you brush your teeth aggressively then the enamel on your teeth will be damaged and this will cause receding gums.
- You can blame the genes. In this case you don’t have a choice.
- Hormone imbalance can cause receding gums. This is a big problem especially in women. Hormonal imbalance leads to more sensitive gums.
- Smoking -Smoking is linked with many other diseases as lung disease and cancer, but it can also cause receding gums. Smokers can get sticky plague on their teeth more easily which causes receding gums.
- Clenching and grinding your teeth can cause receding gums. If you bite the food with more force while you eat, may also cause the same problem.
- This is a strange reason, but piercing your tongue or lips can be linked with receding gums.
How to treat receding gums
If the problem is noticed in its early stage, your dentist can treat them with root panning or tooth scaling. The dentist will remove the plague or calculus from the teeth and the area under the gum line. But if you don’t notice the problem on time, you may have to undergo a surgery which may be to: regenerate of the lost tissue and tooth bone, soft tissue graft, depth reduction etc. But if you want to avoid surgery you may want to try some homemade remedies mentioned below. But you must consult your dentist first in case you have severe gum infection. In this case you mustn’t avoid surgery. If the problem is not so serious you should try these natural remedies. With their help and with proper oral hygiene the receding gums will grow back.
How can they grow back?
Gums are actually a soft tissue which makes the teeth to stay in their place and to cover the roots of the teeth. If you want to solve the problem you need to have proper oral hygiene and use some recipes as oil pulling.
Homemade recipes for growing back receding gums
Here are some homemade recipes that are made of only simple ingredients such as herbs and spices.