Can You Reverse Receding Gums?
Gums recede as a result of periodontitis, or gum disease, that goes untreated for too long. There are several things you can do to improve your oral hygiene that may also help to reverse receding gums.
- The number one rule for all dental hygiene advice is to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day for two minutes each time and floss at least once. If you have receding gums, like 50% of Americans, be sure to go gentle on your gums. Use a brush with soft bristles and soft, even strokes.
- Rinse with mouthwash that contains a few drops of peppermint oil for about a minute or with germicidal mouthwash.
- Drink plenty of water and not much else. Avoid sugary drinks of any kind, including soda, vitamin waters or juice, whenever possible.
- Make sure your diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly those high in Vitamin C, which is important for gum health.
- If you’re adventurous you can try oil pulling. Simply swish a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth for a minute or so and then spit it out. You can do this before every meal.
- You can also talk to your dentist about medical procedures that can help to reverse gum loss, including pocket depth reduction and soft tissue grafts.
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