Receding gums occur as a result of periodontitis (gum disease). Early intervention for gum disease can minimize the invasiveness of treatment, and many patients are able to restore the health of their gums and teeth through improvements in their oral care routine, non-invasive dental treatments, and at-home remedies.
At-home remedies and professional treatments for receding gums
At-home remedies do not reverse receding gums, but there are some more proven methods that can help improve gum health and stop the progression of gum recession. This article discusses in detail how receding gums can be addressed through at-home care and in-office treatments with your dentist.
What are some natural remedies for receding gums?
Natural remedies are not as proven as professional treatments, and they should not be utilized as the primary form of treatment for receding gums. However, some of the more effective natural ways to deal with receding gums include:
- Aloe vera
- Eucalyptus oil
- Oil pulling
- Saltwater rinse
Oil pulling, in particular, involves swishing a tablespoon of high-quality sesame or coconut oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. This is meant to pull oil out from between teeth and along the gum line, which may reduce plaque and tartar build-up that contributes to gum disease and receding gums.
How can I improve my gum health through at-home oral hygiene?
Perhaps the best line of defense against receding gums that result from gum disease is at-home oral hygiene practices. It is important to brush several times a day, although be sure not to scrub the gums too vigorously as doing so could also cause gum recession. Flossing can also remove plaque along the gum line; it is recommended to floss at least once per day. It can also help to use an antibacterial mouth rinse, as well.
How can a dentist treat receding gums?
A dentist can treat receding gums in various ways depending on the severity of the gum recession and the cause. If the gum recession is relatively minor or moderate and the result of periodontitis, then they may recommend a deep dental cleaning (scaling and root planing procedure). They may also provide an antibacterial mouth rinse to use that kills remaining bacteria and helps the gums recover. For more severe cases, they may recommend a gum graft procedure to restore lost gum tissue.
What can I do to prevent receding gums in the long term?
The long-term focus should be on the prevention of receding gums through a consistent brushing, flossing, and mouthwash schedule and limiting the consumption of high sugar foods that could increase the risk of acidic attacks on teeth. Regular cleaning visits with a dentist are also strongly encouraged.
Are you struggling with receding gums?
If you would like to learn more about receding gum treatment and prevention, contact our office today. During your visit with our team, we can assess the condition of your oral health and put together a treatment plan that works for you while focusing our long-term efforts on the prevention of future symptoms.
Request an appointment or call Rafael E. Cordero, DDS PA at 561-763-9221 for an appointment in our Palm Beach Gardens office.
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