Having an issue with receding gums can be a really painful indicator that your oral health is declining. Unfortunately, some of us just don’t have the genetics for healthy gums and teeth, which makes them much harder to maintain. When your gums start receding, that makes way for new gaps in your mouth and your teeth, which can make your mouth more prone to the buildup of harmful bacteria. If this buildup goes unaddressed, this could ultimately lead to gum decay, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. One of the primary causes of gum recession besides the major factor of your genetics and overall oral health, is brushing too aggressively.
Luckily, there are some really simple, natural methods that you can use to preserve your gum tissue and therefore your overall oral health.
Since 30% of the population is already predisposed to getting gum disease, it is in all of our best interests to do everything that we can to prevent bacteria buildup in our mouth and preserve our gums.
Here are 4 natural ways that you can repair and preserve your gums.
1) Green Tea
Did you know that the daily consumption of green tea is really effective in preserving your gum health? A recent study was published by the American Dental Association that found that drinking green tea daily can greatly benefit the health of your teeth and gums. See if you can start drinking 1-2 cups of green tea in the morning or in the evening, to start helping your teeth and gums.
2) Aloe Vera
Aloe vera isn’t just great for your skin, it happens to be really healthy for your gums too. A recent study that was published by the Journal of the Indian Society of Periodontology evaluated 15 people that used aloe vera as a means for alleviating pain caused by a variety of gum diseases. The researchers found that when aloe vera gel was applied to the affected gums, pain and visible signs of periodontal disease were considerably reduced.
Don’t worry about applying aloe vera gel or cream straight to your gums. There are plenty of toothpastes, mouthwashes, and even juices that have aloe vera in them, that will help your gums.
Not just for koalas, eucalyptus is another great element for preserving your gum health, battling gum disease, and reducing inflammation and pain in your gums. Apparently, eucalyptus is another natural combatant to oral bacteria. Don’t worry, we aren’t asking you to chew on leaves. We recommend using a couple of teaspoons of eucalyptus oil in a cup of warm water as a mouthwash for getting rid of bacteria.
4) Vitamin C
If you have been noticing some pink in the sink when you brush or floss, vitamin C has been tested as a great way to reduce gum inflammation, gum bleeding, and gum recession. Make sure that you are getting enough vitamin C in your diet, or take a vitamin C supplement if you aren’t getting enough of it through whole foods.
Other great ways of taking care of your gums and preventing gum disease include flossing and brushing daily, using mouthwash regularly, and brushing gently.