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August 03 2009

Why Gum Recession and What Can Be Done About It?

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Receding gums, also known as gingival recession is a very common problem targeting especially middle aged males and females. It is easily defined as the loss of tissue (mucosal) over the jaw bone, which may manifest in root exposure.

What causes the gum recession?- Over aggressive tooth brushing is one cause of receding gums because of the gum line and enamel corrosion caused by the harsh motions and pressure of the brush bristles.

Inadequate oral hygiene may lead to serious bacterial accumulation which also leads to the break-down of bone and teeth enamel. For the gums, gum disease or periodontal disease is the problem to avoid. 

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Symptoms- The symptoms range from discomfort, pain, inflammation and irritation in the gum tissue to profound root exposure, sensitivity and gum line caries.

Treatment options- Start your treatment routine through prevention. Modern dentistry currently has no known cures for gingival recession except gum grafts which may not suit everyone. Cut your chance of developing the problem by at least half by merely practicing good, daily oral hygiene – with gentle brushing

Natural Treatment Options- Some natural treatment options are available in your garden or kitchen to treat the symptoms associated with the problem effectively while also being very affordable. For gum disease you could try essential oils such as ora-md which contains the natural oils of almond, peppermint and spearmint.

Sage has incredible astringent properties to tighten the gum areas gently while also relieving discomfort and pain generally associated with the recession. Add a couple of sage leaves to boiling water, strain and rinse the affected areas of the mouth twice daily.

Tea tree oil has both anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties thus not only treating but also preventing the problem by preventing bacteria build-up. Add a couple of drops oil to warm water, rinsing the affected areas no more than twice daily.

Medical advice- It is essential to seek medical advice from a general practitioner or dentist should the pain, discomfort or any of the mentioned symptoms worsen. Your physician should give the thumbs-up or preferably recommend any treatment for the problem.

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