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Receding Gums? Treat Them Naturally!

added on: February 8, 2021
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Has your Wilmington holistic and biological dentist ever told you that your gums are receding? This is what happens when your gums start to slowly detach from your teeth. It can cause big problems for your oral and overall health. 

Why Are My Gums Receding?

Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to prevent your gums from receding because it can be caused by genetics and passed down to you by your parents. The American Dental Association notes that receding gums can also be caused by:

  • Injury
  • Gum disease
  • Overbrushing
  • Tobacco use

When your gums recede, it can also expose certain areas of your teeth which means you might experience increased sensitivity and decay. 

Tips From Your Holistic and Biological Dentist in Wilmington

There are a few ways you can reduce your risk for receding gums that can be effective for many patients. Some people see results using oil pulling. This is when you swish either coconut, sesame, and sunflower oil around your gums and mouth for anywhere from five to twenty minutes to rid them of bacteria. Some studies suggest that when combined with your regular brushing and flossing routine, you can easily get rid of bad bacteria in your mouth. 

Other studies have shown that using a mouthwash that has extracts of clove, basil, or tea tree oil can also be beneficial. We’ve also found that peppermint oil can help rid your gums of bacteria and keep them from receding. Other patients have had success using a topical aloe vera gel that can be helpful in treating gum disease

When Will I See Some Results?

It’s not easy to say how long it will take for your gums to be healthier because every patient, every treatment is different. Your success depends on what solutions or remedies you choose to use. We can also use natural remedies along with other dental solutions to help you get healthy. It truly depends on your personal needs and how severely damaged your gums are. If you’re having trouble seeing any improvement, please talk with us — your Wilmington holistic and biological dentist.

We’re here for you and your oral health. If you’d like to know more about receding gums and how to get them back in top shape, please schedule an appointment at our biological and holistic dental office in Wilmington. We can’t wait to see you!

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