Last Modified on Jun 13, 2014
Stop receding gums with natural remedies and save your smile! Fight gum disease and gingivitis with herbal remedies and the correct brushing techniques. Learn about what home remedies have been used successfully by Earth Clinic readers. Bill and Ted, two of our most knowledgeable and valued contributors, offer much insight on this problem that benefits all of us. Check out their posts on receding gums.
What Causes Gingivitis and Periodontal Gum Disease?
Poor dental hygiene can lead to periodontitis, which is a gum infection that can break down both gum tissue and bone in the mouth, receding the gum line and causing tooth looseness and loss. With daily brushing, flossing, and regular checkups with your dentist plus the help of some natural home remedies, you can drastically decrease the chance of developing gingivitis and gum disease.
Normally gums are pale pink and firm, but if they're turning dark red and bleed it should be time to visit a dentist. Signs and symptoms of gum disease are swollen, red, or bleeding gums that can be sensitive to touch, bad breath, pus between the teeth and gums, bad tastes in the mouth, loose teeth, and even the appearance of longer teeth as the gums recede.
How to Stop Receding Gums Naturally
On this page you can find home and folk remedies to help cure receding gums, as well as discussions on brushing techniques and dental tips. Bee propolis for receding gums is quite popular with our readers for treating periodontal gum disease, as is hydrogen peroxide and vitamin C.
Bees make propolis to glue their hives together. It has been proven to have both antibiotic and antiseptic properties. Some believe that bee propolis is also an antiviral and anti-inflammatory. When gargled or sprayed into the mouth, it is excellent to cure irritations and infections, as well as being a good treatment for canker sores and sore throats. However, anyone allergic to bee stings should not use bee propolis.
Hydrogen peroxide is an amazing natural remedy with a multitude of uses. It contains no dangerous chemicals, consisting only of water and oxygen. This germicidal agent oxidizes disease organisms and kills them! Hydrogen peroxide is a very safe, effective natural sanitizer. In fact, our bodies make hydrogen peroxide to defend against viruses, bacteria, parasites, yeast and toxins. 3% Hydrogen peroxide makes an effective mouthwash and can be used with baking soda as a toothpaste. As well as fighting germs and infections, it will leave teeth whiter when used regularly!
Vitamin C supports the immune system and is an effective antioxidant. For dental problems, use calcium ascorbate - a form of Vitamin C that will not sting when applied to sore gums. It is available as a powder; simply spread on the gums and rinse after a few minutes. Success in curing receding gums has also been reported by taking Vitamin C supplements.
Let us know what you try to remedy your dental health. If you know of a cure that isn't listed here yet, don't hesitate to share it with us.
07/18/2013: Mary from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada: "Hi I see that this question has been asked but I don't see the answer. So does anyone have a time frame on how long it takes to regrow receding gums?
I would really appreciate knowing. Thanks."Replies
12/08/2013: Kay from Jax, Fl, Usa replies: "A few weeks ago, I wrote in about my diagnosis of Chronic Periodontal disease. I have loose teeth and bone loss along with a gap between my front teeth. I went to a Peridontist which advised because of the expense and my age(late 60's) that going through gum surgery, than braces(to close gap) and than crowns, etc, the costs would easily exceed $10, 000! Since I do not have money or dental insurance, I decided to seek out a second opinion, which I have not done yet. The first doctor as mentioned above, cost me $225.00 just for consultation and X-rays. After reading this website, I found a tooth paste which has Baking Soda, bee propolis and Myrrh. I have been using it for two weeks, rinsing with Sea Salt and warm water and applying Aloe Vera gel on my gums at night. The doc did tell me I could take Amoxcillin but this was only after I requested something to get rid of the infection. They never seem to offer this.
So today after reading this website, I am going to get Sesame Oil and try to get the Be a Propolis to make a paste. I will try the oil pulling.
Oh, the specialist told me that I should have all my teeth pulled and wear dentures as this was the least expensive way out! Ofcourse, they all want to put implants which is very $$$. I would rather focus on the natural way and see if this works. I will write back after the oil pulling and let everyone know."
12/08/2013: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Kay from Jax
please google paradisenow and you will be glad you did. I did it and with oil pulling and their advice I am doing well, my teeth and gums are better and I haven't spent a cent. Enjoy the site, lots of info. Om"
12/10/2013: Kay from Jax,fl,usa replies: "Thanks OM from Canada. I will go into the site you recommended. I started the oil pulling last night with Sesame Oil along with the rinsing using 30% Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking soda, based on info I have received from Earthclinic. I am keeping a time line and will let all know results. I wish I could find a remedy to replace bone loss…don't think that exists."
12/10/2013: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Hi, Kay, I visited Dr. Sircus' web site last year and found out about bone reversal loss with the use of the right magnesium. Mag chlor is applied topically I.e. transdermal by spraying on the skin even though I take a fizzing powder daily as well. Calcium will not do except I think when living vegan life style, a homeopathic easily absorbable calcium from nettle from Vogel Co. in Switzerland works very well considering the condition of nails and hair. Additional exercise will help.
In Dr. Sircus' opinion, the western world is experiencing a lack of nutritional magnesium which is easily absorbable and prevent bone loss. Good luck, Greetings, Om"
03/03/2014: Prioris from Fl, Usa replies: "The problem with putting crowns for cosmetic reasons is that it requires physical damage to the actual teeth. Bridges are worse in that they usually require damaging two other teeth on the side teeth where bridge hangs from. There is some technique which may less damage. Damaging healthy teeth is a big no no. If your younger, those caps will eventually fall off and need to be replaced. You become more dependent on dentist the more hardware you allow them to put in your mouth. Worse, if you don't have the money to replace them in the future, you will be up sh-- creek. For the dentists, you become a gold mine to their pocket books. Even the heralded Implants are a financial sinkhole. Those teeth may need to be replaced also. If your rich, this may not be an issue.
My understanding of Remineralization is
The key ingredients to remineralization seem to be vitamin K2 (ML7) + D3 + Vitamin A. Alkalizing your mouth will also help to minimize acid. Vitamin A + D3 -> osteocalcin etc then K2 (ML7) then activates it to cause calcium to go into teeth and bones (not arteries)."
03/03/2014: Cindy from Usa replies: "To joannemuriel: could you please give more detailed information as to what you are doing/taking exactly to remineralize your teeth? I would really like to do something for my teeth. My dentist wants to put crowns on 8 teeth mostly for cosmetic reasons tho my teeth are deteriorating. Thanks in advance."
03/03/2014: Joannemuriel from Cobble Hill, Bc replies: "The Weston Price diet of pastured butter, fermented cod liver oil, Vitamins A, D, K and bone broth helps to rebuild bone. One person had a bone scan and without additional exercise, the bone was stronger. I am on this diet to reverse tooth decay. It was either that or pay 10K in dental fees. My worst cavities were remineralizing, but it's taking a long time (it's been 3 months now). Anyway, I'm committed because I'm seeing the progress. About the gum issue, mineral ascorbate vitamin C helps heal gums. Organic matcha with manuka honey is good for relieving the pain, as is the broth."
04/13/2014: Dev from Thailand replies: "Anyone who needs expensive dental treatment should really really consider flying to thailand and getting it done at their private after hours dental hospitals. The treatment plus the flights, plus the hotels, excursions, scooter hire, and go go bars, will still save you a small fortune!! Khanom in southern Thailand, I found a hospital that does big fillings for 10, root canal for 90, and implants for as little as 250. If you are interested, drop me an email to deveroxx1 at gmail dot com Keep smiling :)"
[YEA] 03/31/2007: Tammie from Prairieville, Louisiana: "My gums had started receding so bad that I could see a space between my two front teeth at the gum line, then I read that bee propolis can actually help the gum tissue to grow back, and it really works. No more space between my teeth.
Bee propolis also reduces fever, helps sore throat, canker sores, fever blisters and heals stomach ulcers and just about anything else you use it on."Replies
03/02/2008: Walter from Bainbridge Island, WA replies: "I saw a post on your site about using bee propolis to cure receding gums. I am wondering, how is that used? Taking the pill internally, or applying the extract directly to the gums?"
[WARNING!] 06/26/2008: Roseann from San Dieo, California replies: "Remember not all remedies are going to work for all folks..especially those of us who have allergies. If, per chance, you're allergic to bee stings...the indiscriminate use of Popolis could have some unwanted outcomes....there are several sites re Bee Popolis, just google... Earthclinic is, in my opinion, the very best Folk Remedy Site on the Web; just use due diligence before leaping into another's positive health experience..."
06/27/2008: Roseann from San Diego, California replies: "propolis by any other name.....oops, Roseann"
10/18/2008: Lin from New York, New York replies: "Hello,
I'm writing about gum recession and subsequent bone loss. I am 37 and I have stage 5 gum recession on some of my teeth. My gums began receeding when I was 18 years old. I believe after seeing numerous periodontists and undergoing one painful gum grafting already that I have combined their theories and come up with my own. My gum recession is due to weak and thin first layer of defensive gum tissue which is hereditary, a misaligned bite and T3 jawline structure and lastly clenching during sleep which several dentists say is a result of a misaligned bite. I have always had good dental hygiene and probably too vigorous also as a child. For the last 10-15 years I have brushed correctly, flossed nightly and gargled with conventional bacteria solutions. The professionals agree that I do not have gum disease from bacteria but that it is a combination of the hereditary problems that went uncorrected when I was a child. I am very interested in any and all remedies for gum building. I would like to know more about the bee propolis and how I should administer it. Also, if there is a link possible to my weakened gum tissue and acidosis?
Thank you very much!!"
10/24/2008: Andrea from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates replies: "Hi! I'm 37 years old and have receding gums. I am planning to try out bee propolis. I asked Tammie (who posted her success story about bee propolis) about how she used bee propolis and here is her reply: "I put a dropper full of the liquid bee propolis tincture in my bottled water so that my gums are bathed in the propolis all day as I sip my water.
Before going to bed, I put a couple droppers full of the propolis undiluted in my mouth and swish it around real good to make sure all the gum tissue is saturated, then swallow."
Good luck to all!"
06/17/2009: Larhonda from Orlando, FL, USA replies: "Can you use Bee propolis for gum issues ? and if so how do I use the caplets ? taken internally or take the contents out and rub on my gums, any help would be great."
06/18/2009: Anonymous from Davenport, IA replies: "I have been using Bee Propolis for receding gums. I use 30% strength Bee Propolis Tincture (liquid). I directly apply it on the problem gum at night after brushing and I leave it on overnight. I heard it takes a while to regrow the gums. The higher strength Bee Propolis will stick to the teeth and it would be hard to brush it off. Hope this helps!"
01/18/2011: Jasonmchicago from Chicago, Il Usa replies: "Lin from New York. -- I believe the key cause of gum recession is nocturnal clenching on an un-balanced bit. I think you hit the nail on the head and if you find a VERY good occlusional therapist... He/she will be able to "balance your bite" and then the clenching won't have such a horrible impact on your gums. Do an internet search for "the clenching syndrome" and read the pdf. There is a lot of great information there about the negative results of clenching while sleeping."
10/24/2012: Tom from Tucson, Az replies: "Don't waste your time with this stuff. Go see a Periodontist immediately and let him do a gum graft under a local anesthesia. I've had it done twice and there was no pain. If you want to hear from other people who were worried about this common procedure, Google "Gum graft goes fine Relax if you need one"."
[YEA] 11/11/2012: Faith from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "Use bee propolis and bee pollen... chew the bee pollen with something else because it is bitter... chewing it helps it to get to the teeth, gums, and bone... you can buy bee propolis tincture or powder...
obviously the gum grafts are not working, you've had it twice, and bee pollen and propolis is much less expensive and gets to the root of the problem... no good bacteria in your mouth.
also load up on yogurt, kekir, kombucha, etc. because the colon, uterus, and other organs need good bacteria too."
04/02/2013: Carol from Southfield, Michigan, Usa replies: "To Tom from Tucson, AZ -- but you are treating the symptom and not the cause!"
07/16/2013: Lin from Eau Claire, Wi replies: "Can someone tell me how long it takes to see results on the receding gums using Bee Propolis? I just started using the bee propolis and was wondering what to expect timewise? I have been able to see the root on one of my gums for years now and I really don't want to do grafting. Thanks!"
11/16/2013: Recedinggum from Miami Florida replies: "Hi Tammie,
Can I use bee propolis capsules instead? That's what I get here in local store. How should I use the capsules, apply powder on gums or swallow the capsules?
Thanks & best regards!"
02/13/2014: Meg from Kansas City, Mo: "Dear Bill, Thank you for you very helpful information as always. I have been reading and studying your posts re iodine and turpentine for a few months now and wonder what you think about the idea of using turpentine with the DMSO as a mouthwash.
I have candida in my gums (the top right gums above molars look a pale white) as well as a lump about the size of a dime well above the gumline in the root area of my teeth. I have been trying to deal with this situation for a very long time to no avail. The infection (lump) is leaking into the gum through what looks like a small pimple and the area above the gumline looks unhealthy, compared to the left side of my mouth. Dental advice has been oral surgery, root canals, etc. I have a mouth full of gold and porcelain crowns, but no root canals thank heaven.
As you may guess, my digestion is quite impaired, no doubt with candida also, and have been working on it for years too. Small intestine I think is the main problem area.
On reading your very interesting and informative posts and attachments on Dr. Brownstein and iodine, I am now up to 20 drops of Lugol's, working up slowly since last October, which seems to be right for me at the moment. My health is not the best with adrenal fatigue and subsequent hypothyroid due to iodine deficiency, I feel sure. The good news in that area is that I am beginning to feel warmer and have more energy. I do not take any medication, supplements only.
I have worked up from a few drops to 1/4 tspn. of turpentine and really like it as it gives me mental clarity and physical energy which I need. I also experience Herx. reactions, which I am very glad of, as it tells me something is going on, especially in my mouth. My gum situation becomes very red and sore and I feel awful and have to back off the turps for a few days. Last Christmas, the gum infection really became active and I was unwell for a week. The problem is, I do not know how to resolve it, to get the infection to clear once and for all, no matter how badly I may feel. I have been using the turpentine as a mouth wash mixed with water also, as well as taking it internally with oil or molasses/honey, and as a mouthwash it seems to make things worse, which is good in that it shows me something is happening.
So, in a nutshell, I think rinsing with DMSO and turps might be worthwhile trying. What do you think?
When I have been quite sick with the mouth infection which acts like an abscess at times, I have used activated charcoal to draw out the infection. But once I feel better, the lump is no smaller and I appear to be back where I started.
I am also alkalizing with lime/baking soda, and take a ton of enzymes and HCI as I have very low stomach acid.
Thank you Bill for all your helpful advice and any further tips you may have to help me resolve my mouth situation. I live in hope, and hope my experiences may be of help to someone else. I think iodine and turps are the way to go for me!"Replies
02/14/2014: Bill from San Fenando, Philippines replies: "Hi Meg...Regarding turpentine and DMSO, I would certainly recommend them as separate mouthwashes. I would not use them mixed together because turpentine is not soluble in DMSO so DMSO would not be able to pull the turps into the gums. But by all means use the DMSO and turpentine at different times. These local protocols will both help to kill candida and other pathogens in the gums and root canals as well as help to heal them as well.
As you might already know, I cured a painful, wobbly tooth last year just with turpentine. But DMSO acts at a more deeper level than turpentine; it is more able to reach and travel deeper into the gums and root canals for local disinfection when used as a simple mouthwash because of its unique transdermal qualities.
What I've been doing recently is taking 50% DMSO(as Hulda Clark recommends) as amouthwash several times a week together with two drops of iodine. If the DMSO is too strong for you then just use it at 20% strength. DMSO, when used locally in such a manner, is famous for reducing inflammation and pain because of its beneficial effects on nerves in the local region. DMSO also seems to help these local areas heal faster because of its ability to improve the transport of nutrients in the blood to these damaged regions.
Taking turpentine as a supplement should also help against candida and other pathogens and will also help to cleanse both the intestines and blood.
Concerning your ongoing digestion problems, the enzyme and HCL protocol that you are taking should help you. But this protocol will be greatly enhanced by taking at least 1/4 tspn baking soda or sodium bicarbonate with water one hour after all meals. Taking baking soda in this fashion will ensure that the digestion medium in your upper intestines is set to its correct alkaline pH level for proper digestion to occur. This easy protocol should provide help to provide you with some further respite from your current digestion problems as well as help to kill the candida."
02/15/2014: Meg from Kansas City replies: "Thanks so much for your quick response Bill. I will try your suggestions and post back when I see some results. It may take a little while."
06/12/2014: Carolyn from Carrollton, Tx replies: "Have you tried a good brand of oil of oregano?"
11/19/2011: Idahospud from Caldwell, Id, United States: "My gums had have been receding for the past 20 plus years with no known reason. I also had tooth pain from an implant and irritation in my mouth. Early this year (2011) I was referred to www.OraWellness.com and a wounderful man got me on a path of stopping and reversing my receding gums. For a very nominal price of under $50 I was sent a solution that I not only add to my oil used for oil pulling but I was instructed to inject the solution with a syringe in between my gums and teeth which is painless. I was also sent a different tooth brush called the Bass toothbrush and instucted on the Bass brushing technique which no dentist had ever mentioned to me.
Withing days of starting the oil pulling with the solution sent to me, the irritation in my mouth stopped and the pain of my implant tooth disappeared. Also, within 30 days I could feel my teeth tighter and my gums firmer around my teeth. My gums have also stopped receding and in several areas have started to grow back. They still have a ways to go but I am hopefull for the first time in years.
On a separate note, I recently read a lady purchased and started using a "Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy System" and within weeks her gums totally grew back. I have ordered one of these systems not for the purpose of gum recession but for arthritis pain relief and overal wellness. If it improves my gums as well I will be thrilled. George"Replies
08/15/2012: Silsu from Lansing, Michigan replies: "Idahospud from Caldwell, Id, United States: What are the ingredients of the solutions? Thanks much."
11/25/2013: Jillery from North America replies: "Orawellness tooth 'paste' is almond oil, peppermint oil, and spearmint oil. I make my own and add a little tree tree oil. I put in 15 drops of peppermint and spearmint oil and then 5 drops of TT oil. The rest is almond oil. I have the mixture in a small essential oil bottle I had."
[YEA] 10/23/2011: Tinkermom from Covington, Louisiana: "Receding Gums: My husband all of a sudden had issues with this. It came following our learning he had a allergy to floruride(Thanks to Earthclinic for helping us find that out!!! ). We made our own toothpaste of Coconut oil and baking soda. He began rinsing his mouth with aloe vera juice nightly just before bed. Within days his gums began healing and after a couple of weeks are back to normal!!"Replies
02/12/2013: Leah from Nairobi, Kenya replies: "Hi, how did you make the toothpaste with coconut oil and baking soda?"
02/12/2013: Sarah from Toledo, Ohio replies: "Leah, here is one recipe for homemade toothpaste:
- 2 Tablespoons baking soda
- 2 Tablespoons virgin/unrefined coconut oil
- Mix with fork until you have a pasty texture
Optional: Add an essential oil (approximately 20 drops) for flavor. I use cinnamon but this is personal preference.
This is, by far, the best toothpaste I've ever used.
07/07/2013: Lili from Osa, Costa Rica replies: "I take the sodium bicarbonate internally with lemon or kombucha, but it hurts brushing my teeth with it. Very probable the receding gums make some teeth sensitive, but isnt it too abrasive for daily use anyway?"
08/12/2013: Horace from Ireland replies: "Please don't brush your teeth with a mixture of lemon and baking soda!!! Mixing acid and alkali creates a very destructive solution to brush your teeth with. It will burn the enamel off your teeth. Even having a very acid mouth and using bicarb is supposed to be bad and they say rinse with water first to neutralize the mouths pH. Bicarb melts very fast in the mouth's saliva so the abrasive effect is minimal unless you use a lot of dry bicarb."
11/17/2013: Ed from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Tinker mom,
When you say back to normal what exactly do you mean? Did his gums grow back or did they just heal?"
[YEA] 04/29/2010: Sunny from Vancouver, Canada: "Receding Gums
When caused by overaggressive brushing/flossing. Only brush side to side (not up and down or in circles as some dentists recommend). Do not touch the gums with the brush. Slowly over time the gums will regrow by themselves. Mine were so bad that I needed special fillings, even then they regrew by themselves, despite the dentist saying that they would not.
If your gums are in really bad shape you may need to skip brushing at least some times, as I did. I brushed only at night, as food sitting on the teeth all night has the biggest chance of causing cavities. Also, stop flossing. Brush with your finger after every meal. Avoid sweets. Rub salt on the teeth to help keep them clean. It took a few months but by using this method my gums regrew."Replies
09/30/2010: Crystal from Uk replies: "Sunny from Vancouver, Canada said to stop flossing! ? That is the silliest thing I have heard with regards to receding gums! I wouldn't suggest anyone stop flossing, as flossing cleans bacteria from the gum line and if this bacteria is left there without being removed (by not flossing) that will cause your gums to recede! You want to remove the bacteria from the gum line, because if not your gums become inflamed and you develop gingivitis/gum disease and your gums continue to recede."
08/05/2011: Jada from Toronto, Ontario replies: "HELP- GROW GUM TISSUE!!
Has anyone's gums ACTUALLY Grew back, slowly? How?
Problem: Gum Recession Thin & Fragile Tissues (Not Bacterial Infection periodontitis) http://www.gumrecession.com/thinfragile.html
-Over Brushing Teeth (Super clean teeth. I love going to the dentist = teeth spa) -Bruxism (Grinding Teeth in Sleep) -Orthodontic Treatment (Aged 9-12)History:
-Female, Aged 29 Noticed Fast Receeding gums when I was pregnant.
-No tooth cavities ever! -Brush twice a day, floss daily. -Hates to wear night guard at night.
I am only 31 now and after my first child, the gums are still receeded. They get especially red and swollen irrated after eating salty, fried or acidic foods or lack of sleep. It fees as if the gums are pulling away from the teeth. In the morning, it will return to the normal pink state.
I find that if I eat sweets, there is quick build up of white tartar near the roots, between the teeth around the unprotected areas of where the gum used to attach to the teeth.How can I stimulate my gums to grow back heal? It is scary to think that I will need surgury. PLEASE HELP! I'm only in my early 30's!!! I want to be able to eat when I am 90 years old:)
Has anyone's gums ACTUALLY Grew back, slowly? How? All the specialists I've seen says the gums dont' grow back! When it's gone, it's lost forever.
Thanks in advance! And Good Oral Health to ALL!"
08/06/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Jada
Read this article on Niacin and how the gum tissue repaired itself with the use of Niacin.
Two weeks after I had started taking niacin my gums were normal. I was brushing my teeth one morning and suddenly awakened in surprise there was no bleeding whatever! A few days later my dentist confirmed my gums were no longer swollen, and I still have most of my teeth. Eventually I reasoned that the niacin had restored the ability of my gum tissue to repair itself faster than I could damage it by chewing with my crooked teeth".
08/18/2013: Andy from Vancouver, Bc replies: "For bacteria growth / control I tried chewing olive leaves before going to bed. You feel your mouth kind of numb but rapidly you notice a big difference."
12/05/2013: Avis from Canada replies: "Hi I saw your post.. Wanted to see how your gums are... I am having exact same problem..."
11/18/2012: Robert from Southampton, England: "for mouth problems I have always used salt water as this seems to cure a lot of my problems but im now going to try garlic as a mouth wash as I have receding gums as ive been told it could be quite useful."Replies
10/29/2013: Tara from Boston, Ma replies: "Hi Robert from Southampton, England, some time has passed and I was wondering how the garlic has been working out for you? Do you notice any results? Thanks for your help!"
[YEA] 08/29/2013: Bev from Long Beach, Ca: "I read with interest the post on homemade vitamin paste. I too have had receeding gums for a long time. I already had most of the ingredients except for vit C. Mine, however, are gelcaps since my stomache acid is low. Mixed together the following:
- Mega B-Complex - 1 gelcap
- Super Calcium-Magnesium w/800 IU Vit D - 1 gelcap
- Fish, Flaxseed, Borage Oil, Omega 3, 6, 9 - 1 gelcap
- Bee Propolis Extract - 500 mg - 1 capsule
I emptied the 3 gelcaps into an egg cup, broke open the capsule and added to the mixture, mixing well.
I put this mixture on my teeth every night before bed and leave it on all night. I cannot tell you enough how pleased I am with the results. My gums are regrowing although slowly and my teeth seem to be remineralizing. They have looked pretty bad over the last few years. Now they are almost white. I would say a very light beige. I could see the results in the teeth the first week."Replies
10/04/2013: Joy from Barto Pennsylvania replies: "Bev, where did you read the post about the homemade vitamin paste? Do you swallow the vitamin C separately or add it into the paste? How much vitamin C do you take? Also, please tell me what kind of toothpaste you use in the morning--regular store bought or homemade or anything special about the morning toothpaste that you use? Please help... I have an ongoing problem with TMJ causing misaligned teeth adversely resulting in receding gums too. Your help is very appreciated."
10/04/2013: Bev from Long Beach, Ca replies: "Hi Joy; I had everything from the post except Vit C. It was posted several weeks ago from another writer. I use liquid capsules and apply at night with a plastic toothpick. I also brush with peroxide (I spray my toothbrush) and then dip in baking soda. I would also recommend taking Magnesium everyday. Hope this helps."
01/14/2014: Kim from Columbus replies: "Bev from Long Beach, CA: The vitamin paste you posted sounded amazing. I am having deep pockets and terrible receeding gum for decades. I have to go to the dentist every 3 months. My question to you is the paste would gradually dissolve and melt inside the mouth, do you swallow this during the night?"
03/20/2014: Marc from Floida replies: "Where and what kind of vitamins (brand name, company)?"
[YEA] 07/10/2013: Ae8888 from Miami, Florida, Usa: "I am 65, been having receding gums since i was 40. did try dentist treatment and was very painful and expensive. gave up for years but magically found the solution. doctors are going to be very angry at me for making them loose all that treatment money, but i love to help. it is so simple it i wonder why no one found it before me... i crush with a pestle and mortar vitamin c, b1, niacin (b3), b complex and calmag. i put the mixture in an air tight small bottle (to keep it from oxidating) and store it in the fridge. every 24 hour i spill i/10 teaspoon out and rub it between my teeth and gums. i did this for 2 weeks and my gums look like when they were in their twenties!!! try it and post. BEST 2 U."Replies
08/19/2013: Jules from Canada replies: "This sounds encouraging... What amount of each vitamin di you use for the mixture?"
11/16/2013: Recedinggum from Miami Florida replies: "Hi Ae8888,
I am 35 yrs old & have been diagnosed with receding gums & have been advised to do the gratfing at 5-6 different places. I would like to try your home remedy, what is the % of each vitamin in the paste you are recommending. Would really appreciate your help!"
01/08/2014: Suji from San Diego, Ca replies: "I am a 67 year old female with a history of receding gums that does not include infection, map-occlusion, poor diet or oral hygiene. My father was a dentist and I assisted him chair-side so I'm 'smile conscious.'
I Have had oral surgery to implant more gum tissue but the results may not have been worth the effort, cost and discomfort. Once the tissue between the teeth is sufficiently receded, there is little to stitch to when the orthodontic surgeon attempts to add volume and shore up the receding gum.
I'm seeking a remedy that works and would like to clarify which mixture is working for whom. Although 'best practice' will vary for each of us, collaboration and crowd sourcing could work wonders for us all. Please reply as specifically as possible with a recipe and suggestions for home health care. Thank you, Suji"
01/10/2014: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Suji from San Diego, CA. You may want to study http--paradisenow.net-healing.html. This site has made it possible for me to keep my teeth and heal a cavity as well a loose tooth. My gums look fine now. But I also have done oil pulling with sesame oil for years. It is a wonderful site, a real gift. Namaste, Om"
01/10/2014: Aurora from Mason City replies: "Hi Om, I went to the site to read about receding gums, but I couldn't find anything about gums, are you refering to the article about the three spices for cleaning the liver? Thanks in advance for youe answer, I have really bad receding gums."
01/11/2014: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Aurora from Mason City: Hi, Aurora, there are several pages on the subject. I do not know of the three spices, though. On that website everything including gum treatment is well discussed. Maybe there is a misunderstanding? Regards, Om"
01/11/2014: Tony from Tn, Usa replies: "Hello Aurora from Mason City. Have you read what Bill here at EC suggest for gum/teeth problems? I can't seem to locate his exact post but using turpentine can cure just about any gum/mouth problems. What he suggest is take a few drops of turpentine.
Put it on your finger & then directly on your tongue. Rub your tongue around in your mouth. Do this just before bed & not during the day. Doing it this way also allows the turpentine to get into the digestive system overnight for cleansing as well. Bill cured a bad tooth in about 1 month by doing this. I've started doing this for myself recently because I have gingivitis/periodontal disease & a few cavities as well. Hope this helps! Take care & God Bless!"
01/12/2014: Aurora from Mason City replies: "Tony from Tn, thanks so much for your response, as apparently I missed that info on Bill's postings. I am going to get the turpentine and try it. Again thanks, I hope your gums get better, and we all continue to learn from each other."
05/14/2014: Wanda from Durham,nc Usa replies: "Also have had receding gums since maybe my early 40's. am almost 60 now. was told I have a "moderate" amt of gum recession. Recently found a youtube channel called "martin dentistry channel". please put this in a search engine along with the word "spirochetes" and watch his videos and read the comments. I think anyone would find this highly enlightening. Also, have had a lot joint pain. and found the answer for this by taking vitamin d supplements. noticed a profound difference the first day I took it....along w/ some milk. think something might be "eating" our vitamins/minerals."
[YEA] 09/17/2009: Lita from Sanford, Fl: "Whenever I have problems with my gums I buy ___ at any pharmacy. This is a mouthwash made of Peroxide but on a gel base. The gel allows the peroxide to stay longer in your mouth to keep killing bacteria. Good luck!"Replies
11/29/2009: Bluemoi from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia replies: "Well I was doing some reading and actually found that that the peroxide solutions out there tend to dry out the mouth, along with other things like coffee etc. and that is not good for the receding gums as they need that saliva to keep the area clean and aid healing. Also acidosis could be an issue with some people. I don't know if pulling with coconut oil would dry out the mouth or really aid the situation but perhaps someone else can comment on what has worked in their situation."
[YEA] 09/10/2013: Cindy from Ga, USA: "I do coconut oil pulling and recommend it to anyone with the receding gum problem. I take approx a tablespoon of organic coconut oil in my mouth let it melt then swish it around my mouth vigorously for 20 min then spit it in the toilet because it is loaded with toxins, rinse my mouth with warm water to clear out any toxins, then mix a 1/4 cup of warm water with approx 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and rinse vigorously till all salt water is gone. I have never found a commercial toothpaste or mouthwash that makes my mouth feel as fresh as this! I can actually see the plaque disappearing starting from the gumline upward. It is amazing to me but also exciting because my gums were almost gone and my teeth sere loose. My gums are slowly returning an my teeth are no longer loose. Good luck and happy swishing! (PS, I do this twice a day) It is challenging to donut so, so worth it."
07/16/2013: Aq from Berkeley: "I oil pulled for several months to help with my recession, and althought it didn't change the recession, I felt it had benefits. I would like to start again, but I don't want to screw up the results from my surgery (gum graft on the 6 lower front teeth). It's been 5 weeks. My periodontist said I can't start hydro flossing again yet, and he doesn't know about oil pulling. Does anyone know how long I should wait before starting to oil pull again?
I'm having tooth pain on 1-2 of the teeth involved in the graft (not sure why, apparently this is not typical, and it been painful for a few weeks now). I went to one of the top periodontist in the U. S. , and I feel he did a good job. I'm not sure if oil pulling will help or hurt."
06/02/2013: Judy from Milwaukee, Wi: "I do not have bleeding gums and I flush and brush regularly. I had braces and a crown on front tooth.
My gum has competely receded between my two top front teeth making one of them very sensitive to cold and hot. What can I do to ease the pain of the sensitivity?
I am already oil pulling, using a drop of oil of oregano. have healthy diet, taking b12 and d3 because dr said I was low in those two vitamins. Also, I dont like the way my smile looks now, and I fel it might be caused by the braces although orthodontist does not want to admit this is pssible, I have seen it mentioned on websites.
Please help me as the sensitivity is painful"Replies
06/02/2013: Datageek from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "I had some tooth sensitivity several years ago. My dental hygentist said to use the toothpaste for sensitive teeth-- but just dab it on the sensitive spot(s) and leave it -- no need to brush with it (you don't use as much this way so the toothpaste lasts longer). I dabbed it on before I went to bed -- it worked."
06/03/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Judy, oil pulling does seem to help for sensitive teeth. If it's not helping you yet, maybe switch to a different oil."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 09/30/2013: Corrine from Gainesville, Fl replies: "I have gum recession, but only on ONE tooth in the bottom front of my mouth. I went to a periodontist about the gum. I've had orthodontic work done since I was eight. He told me that having braces for such and extended period of time began causing my gum recession. He also told me that a gum graft was completely unnecessary, it would purely be cosmetic. Since then I've been oil pulling, taking cod liver oil and butterfat, drinking raw milk, kefir and eating a myriad of fermented foods. My gum hasn't completely grown back, but I've only been doing this treatment for 6 months in a dedicated way. The gum is definitely more developed than it was. I used to be able to see the whole root of my tooth, now I can see much less. But braces are definitely the reason."
02/12/2014: Irene from India: "Receding gums and teeth protruding out of bone. Sir, Pl.let me know some good home made remedy for receding gums and shaking teeth for the past several months and what is the home remedy or medicines that I can buy in India. Tks Irene"Replies
02/12/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "To Irene from India;
Loss of teeth as you describe is normally caused by loss of crucial minerals; magnesium and potassium. Also, the gums may be infected (periodontal disease).
Assuming you can't get to a doctor and are seeking help, I'd first try supplements with Apple Cider Vinegar... a great source of potassium and an "in general" health promoter... also take a lot of magnesium citrate. Try magnesium in any form that you can get.
I constantly recommend "Epsom Salts Baths" .... that is Magnesium sulfate; a cheap and effective to saturate the mag depleted body in Magnesium.
Vitamin C is also a possible cause for loss of bone. (Scurvy which comes from not getting enough C could cause loss of teeth.) If this is a scurvy problem you'd also show other symptoms...edema, anemia...look up symptoms on internet.
If I had any sign of infection, periodontal disease, I'd be using an anti viral/bacterial/fungal; if available, colloidal silver. I know that in India, "silver leaf" is used as a garnish on rice, but I wouldn't recommend eating the compound often. "
02/12/2014: Prioris from Fl replies: "You need to address the receding gums. First address any gum infections. There are many remedies under the aliment section called Receding Gums. I like oil pulling and hydrogen peroxide.
Second, the gums may also need internal nutrition. this isn't mentioned in that section but I have found thru personal experience that hyaluronic acid / collagen supplement helps to strengthen and maintain gums. It needs to be highly absorb-able and many HA brands in past weren't. I have only used the Biocell brand of HA. Many HA brands use that so look on back of ingredient label. Whatever you use, make sure you research it for effectiveness.
If the person is younger, I would try Vitamin C first before I use HA. Someone older is likely going to have a HA deficiency while someone younger is not. Vitamin C helps with collagen formation."
02/12/2014: Bill from San Fenando, Philippines replies: "Hi Irene...Gum disease is widespread throughout the western civilized world. 47% of Americans over the age of 20 in the US have peridonitis and 52% of Americans over the age of 30 have gingivitis according to the CDC. That's why most Americans between 50 - 60 have already lost most of their teeth.
It is also true that the health state of the teeth and gums generally reflect the health state of our bodies. Gum disease is generally caused by several types of pathogenic microbe that might also involve viruses, bacteria or fungus.
The problem of gum disease is certainly a difficult one because it arises for several reasons. Plaque in the form of biofilms help protect the bacteria which aids the spread disease on teeth and further damages the gums. Abscesses may form inside the fleshy area of the tooth or gums. Dr Weston Price found through his own dental research that root canal surgery and tooth implants also helps to create safe havens within the microtubules of the root canals for a vast array of dangerous pathogens affecting the body. These untouchable and protected pathogens within the root canals will continue to infect and exude poisons to help destroy the gums and to adversely affect the rest of the body with disease.
Therefore products like neem oil or neem toothpaste, colloidal silver, iodine, GSE, hydrogen peroxide, MMS etc are certainly useful as purely topical anti-pathogens. But, unfortunately, all these topical remedies will not be able to effectively reach or penetrate root canals or root canal infections, where dangerous pathogens have already set up their unreachable safe havens within the microtubules therein.
So the best way to affect a deeper kill for pathogens residing within the gums and the root canals is to use a transdermal penetrant like DMSO(Dimethyl Sulfoxide). Dr Hulda Clark just recommends a 20% DMSO solution(one teaspoon 100% DMSO plus 4 teaspoons of water) as a simple mouth wash. Swish this mixture around your mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out and do not rinse out your mouth afterwards. DMSO kills a wide range of viruses, bacteria and fungus. To further enhance this method, adding several drops of Lugols Iodine or colloidal silver to the DMSO mouthwash will also help to widen the effects of a deeper pathogen kill in the mouth and gums region. The DMSO simply acts as a penetrative carrier for the iodine or colloidal silver. It is also able to penetrate much deeper into the gums and biofilms for a more consistent and complete pathogen kill."
02/13/2014: Linda from Southern Maine replies: ".....sometimes receding gums are NOT due to infection?
I have no periodontal disease but my gums are receding due to - according to my dentist - brushing w/peroxide & baking soda. Dentist's opinion was the baking soda was too abrasive.....there's barely enough "to say so" in the mixture I use ~ I don't make a paste just mix 1/4 cup or so of peroxide, a shake or two of baking soda out of the box and two drops of peppermint essential oil.
Then, again, I've read about clenching teeth being a cause of gum recession....I'm not sure if I buy that story, but have been known to be a "teeth clencher"."
02/13/2014: Prioris from Fl replies: "In regards to receding gums ... Linda, what is your age bracket"
02/14/2014: Linda from Southern Maine replies: "Prioris, I turn 56 in May and am very curious why you ask!"
02/14/2014: Prioris from Fl replies: "Given your age, I can see why you may have receding gums with no gum infection. It could be sign of Hyaluronic acid / Collagen deficiency. It happens as one ages. You could benefit from adding the Biocell formula or similar and taking on empty stomach. It may reverse it. I'd try 150 mg of HA per day for 4-6 weeks and see if there is improvement. Even if it doesn't work, you benefit in other ways. Just from personal experience, my gums experienced improvement. I wasn't expecting it. Just something to think about doing."
02/16/2014: Linda from Southern Maine replies: "Thank you, Prioris, for your suggestion....I'll "check it out"!! I've read good things about hyaluronic acid and I understand a decrease in collagen could be a factor in (another thing that's going on with me) pelvic prolapse?"
02/18/2014: Sluggo from Columbus, Ms replies: "Read about Oil Pulling and you will see postings of users that have had great and immediate results. I have been OP for about a week and can see good progress with my gums and my teeth are getting whiter daily."
10/25/2013: Phyllis from Richmond, Virginia: "Mouth Sensation - Feels like Something Stuck Between my Gums and Hairy Teeth constantly:
I have been having a strange sensation in my mouth for several months now, and it seems to be getting worse rather than better. I have asked my dentist, my gynocologist (to see if it was possibly related to peri-menopause), and my GP. My dentist prescribed an "antibiotic type" mouthwash which has not helped. My gynocologist suggested it might be a vitamin B deficiency, so I started taking a B complex and a B12 supplement twice a day. Again no help. My GP thought maybe vitamin D deficiency, so I added that as well, again with no improvement. I've had blood work done to see if anything showed up, all with no results. The sensation started out in one spot, and it felt like I had something stuck between the tooth and gum. I'd floss, pick, and brush, and still it felt like it was there. Then I had the same thing at the next door tooth. Then it started to feel like my teeth were fuzzy. Originally all this was on the right side, with the original "stuck food spots" being lower right. Then it increased to upper right. Now the fuzzy teeth sensation feels like all over, and unfortunately, it is just as strong right after I brush my teeth. No one seems to have ever heard of this sensation at all. Can you help me, please? It is driving me crazy!
10/26/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Phyllis!
I sometimes get that feeling you are talking about- something stuck between the teeth but nothing there - and this works for me.
Try brushing with tea tree oil and see if that makes a difference.
I start by brushing with my regular toothpaste, and then when done I rinse my mouth and then add several drops of tea tree oil right from the bottle onto my toothbrush. I then brush with the tea tree oil. It tastes nasty! I spit and then keep going, making sure I get the gum line; this nips gingivitis right in the bud! I then get out the floss and put tea trea oil on the floss, and then floss away. If you can handle it, brush your tongue too.
I spit out as much oil as I can and wait two minutes, and then rinse my mouth out.
It tastes nasty but it has worked well for me."
10/26/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Phyllis, read up on oil pulling."
10/26/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Phyllis,
Well, that sounds miserable! And if you have had this much advice and trial and error, it has been going on for a while.
Some things I would try -
Do not use toothpaste with SLS or flouride in it. Even lots of "natural" toothpastes aren't very "natural." This website has some natural alternatives to toothpaste that would be worth a try.
Look into "Oil Pulling" on this website. It helps lots of heath problems and also helps with oral health issues. Because it helps such a variety of conditions, perhaps it would help this, also.
Black Walnut Tincture is excellent for oral health. One dropper of tincture in a little water and swish in your mouth for 20 seconds. (1/2 water, 1/2 hydrogen peroxide would be cheaper and might be better.)
Crazy as it sounds, it might help to brush your teeth with activated charcoal powder. This is messy and you wouldn't want to be wearing your favorite white shirt while doing this...But charcoal is great for teeth. You can even add a little bit of cayenne pepper to this (spicy, especially at first! ) Cayenne increases circulation and therefore healing.
Do you have mercury fillings or any root canals?
Do you have any other health problems?
Is your thyroid possibly off? (When my thyroid was off I was having mouth issues. For me it was a constant dry and sensitive mouth, no matter how much I drank.)
I hope you find relief soon. Do be sure to post what helps you!
~Mama to Many~"
10/27/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hey there Phyllis,
I like Theresa's idea on brusing teeth with tea tree oil because tea tree oil is an anti viral and anti fungal.
My first "suspect" in medical problem "who-done-its" is always a viral or fungal agent lurking in the shadows as the unseen causal agent. It's amazing how often I read about some condition, and then do a google search along with the search word "virus" or "viral cause" that a number of cites come up, often scientific studies, talking about some particular virus being a trigger or the underlying cause of the condition.
And my normal go to that has worked so often is colloidal silver. Brush with that too. And in addition to the brusing, take a tablespoon or two of CS in mouth to soak. If you have a virus "housed" between your teeth and gums the CS would help kill it. But you need to hold the liquid in your mouth for a full, I really mean full, three minutes letting the CS soak the targeted teeth/gum area. If you have to spit that out before the three minutes, just get another tablespoon full and finish out the three minute soaking. Do this twice daily for three days. If it's a virus, you'll notice the irritation gone very quickly.
04/28/2014: Katrina from Australia replies: "I have this sensation as well. I've begun oil pulling a few weeks ago, mainly with coconut oil sometimes with sesame oil, due to receding gums and sensitive teeth. My teeth have already become brighter in colour some of the staining has lessened. The sensitivity has decreased and the feeling of them not being clean is lesser when I remember to oil pull at least once a day, for me I need it twice. I have just started taking the Vitamin C and Zinc, magnesium and gut repair for the body to start the healing process. I will start with fermented cod liver oil and K2 grass fed butter when I can afford it.
I believe it's worth it to avoid any further visits to the dentist. To me they are an unnecessary evil unless its unavoidable as with surgery and doctors."