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 a pale pink and firm, but if they're turning a 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. Among our user submitted cures, bee propolis for receding gums is quite popular, as is hydrogen peroxide and vitamin C to treat periodontal gum disease. Let us know what you try to remedy your dental health; and 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"
[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!"
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."
Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Aloe
[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!"
Homemade Vitamin Paste
[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."
[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!"
[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."
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.
01/30/2007: Adriana from Montgomery, AL: "Ted, do you know if a good cure for receding gums aside from Oil Pulling? I have fillings in my teeth and am afraid the fillings will come out if I OP...the dentist says I may need to go for surgery on my gums since my gums are receding, but I really feel like I can naturally do something to help my gums. Thanks so much."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Adriana: A fillings will only come out if the fillings are loose. The oils and oily foods act as lubricants if they are about to come out anyway. You have a better chance of removing the fillings if you were eating foods. It is a rarity in practice from oil pulling. It is only if it is a loose fillings, which you can feel that you cannot do oil pulling.
A gum disease is what is causing receding gums. Perhaps try a hydrogen peroxide 1% as a mouthwash seems to be the best alternative. The gums recede because the bacteria prevents the gums from growing. So a hydrogen peroxide 1% as mouthwash and some simple flossing, also taking plenty of sodium ascorbate vitamin C 500 mg per day twice a day should give some improvement in a week or two. In some cases, gum disease is due to acidosis, so taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day on an empty stomach at least should help reduce this condition and further help the gums to heal faster."
11/25/2008: Pete from London, UK replies: "i have recently tried the flossing/HP/Vitamin C thing, but wasn't seeing any change in my gums. However, since trying this i have had tartar removed by my dental hygienist. as the tartar is out of the equation, will i see some change if i resume this? how long does it normally take to see a 'noticeable' difference? Many thanks and love the website!"
11/27/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "I have a friend of mine who once had tartar years ago. Unfortunately her gums continue to recede even with their removal. Since I regularly brush my teeth with my own toothpaste preparations, which is the strongest in eliminating oral bacteria requiring low concentrations of zinc chloride (about 1%) -which is actually high for most commercial oral preparations, she reported minor burning pains in gums during brushing the new preparations, but she persisted, and the gums are now no longer receding.
It seems that there is certain unknown bacteria that prevents gums from going back. Take for instance certain kinds of bacteria, such as staphylococcus, which in certain cases are flesh eating. It is therefore of no surprise that gums should be receding if there were some bacteria hidden on the surface of the gum and not tartar. These may not form tartar, but creates biofilm that allow colonies to exist and prevents gums from normalizing.
It should also be noted that the receding gums turned to normal of that woman, not just the zinc chloride preparations added to the toothpaste, but I find a weak solution of milk of magnesia is used as a mouthwash, such as 1 tablespoon per half glass of water. Staphylococcus is generally killed at pH of 9 or above, so the Milk of magnesia at pH of 10 (8% solution) would kill them too. A supplement of magnesium citrate 500 mg per day (do not use magnesium oxide - they are useless, and magnesium carbonate - they are not water soluble and hence low bioavailability).
While vitamin C 500 mg does help, certain gum disease such as receding gums, I have found niacinamide vitamin B3 (100-250 mg every other day for a month plus weekly b complex for a month roughly speaking) to be particular useful in healing the gums, as well as magnesium (magnesium citrate or magnesium chloride) , and some zinc supplements such as a weekly zinc gluconate 50 mg, for a couple of weeks, before phasing off to once a month, for 2-3 months before, taking whenever it is needed.
It should be noted that the healthier you are the less the supplements you need. Still, if you are sick, you can't take certain supplements everyday as some do accumulate, with possible exception of B complex, vitamin C which are water soluble.
To prevent bacteria from forming inside the mouth, it is common that saliva pH is acid, which prevents gums from healing and is a fertile ground for bacteria. Ideally a saliva pH should be near 7.3 pH. Unfortunately our diets are low in potassium (bananas don't help for some reason - perhaps the sugar content), and hence potassium citrate (technical name is tripotassium citrate) is taken along with baking soda, such as 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate in 1/2 glass of water. The older you get the less the body's ability of potassium is retained, and bicarbonates too. Therefore oral pH tends to be more acid, which worsen the problem and has to be supplemented, discouraging bacteria growth and biofilms on the teeth preventing gums from healing.
It should be noted that commercial toothpaste preparation is really behind the times. They should have zinc, magnesium and a pH relatively high to really have a dent. The use of sodium lauryl sulfate often encourages fungal growth. Therefore to get around some of the problems of nonexistent zinc in the market (possible exception if Lavoris mouthwash, which has 0.1% zinc chloride last I remembered them) is to use zinc lozenges instead BETWEEN brushings, or mixed with toothpaste preparations. The milk of magnesia 1 tablespoon per 1/2 glass for example, can be used as a mouthwash preparation, which can be rinsed with water after doing it a couple of times. The use of Hydrogen peroxide is an interesting one as a mouthwash, however, its effect is short term, reducing only the number of bacteria colonies. Zinc mouthwash and zinc preparations in tooth leaves s thin zinc film to the surfaces of the teeth and last much longer on its antiseptic effect.
My experience is proper supplement and oral care mentioned the gums should normalized in about 3 months' time.
09/27/2009: Kathleen from Corvallis, Oregon replies: "Ted are you willing to share your toothpaste recipe? Kathleen"
10/18/2009: Merryweather from Stuttgart, Germany replies: "I have some zinc lozenges with vitamin C which I got for my kids. Would that maybe help my gums?
11/17/2010: Mari from Dallas, Tx replies: "Was reading about the toothpaste preparation for the receding gum line, would you be willing to share your preparation that helps with the receding gum line Ted from Bangkok, Thailand?"
01/07/2011: Silver Nissan from North Yorkshire, England replies: "I have a crown which was fitted about 15 years ago and regularly see my dentist. A few months ago I noticed that near this tooth the gum opened up (a gap between the tooth and gum). When I went to see the dentist, he took an x-ray and said that there is an infection around the root and prescribed some antibiotics and he said that the permanent solution would be to do an implant.
I was determined to find a natural way to cure my problem that's when I accidentally found your website and started oil pulling for 20 minutes in the morning with sesame oil and used a few drops of wild oregano oil. Three months later the gap has closed and when I visited the dentist he was pleasantly surprised and he took another x-ray and the infection was still present and also he said the bone line started going down. Now I oil pull between the full moon and the new moon as the waning moon will aid the detoxification of body and the other half of lunar cycle will have very little effect on detoxification. You can read more in moonsigncalendar.net"
I have also receding gums more prominent along the lower front gum. I stopped using my electric tooth brush after reading a post and started using an Ayurvedic tooth paste. As per Ted's recommendations, I have also stated using milk of magnesia mixed with water as mouth wash. I can see some improvement but to accelerate the progress I took 200 mg of Magnesium Citrate and 100 mg of Vitamin B3 yesterday and an hour later I developed heat rash like symptoms by whole body became red, hot and itchy and I had a very high heart beat luckily the symptoms reduced after about an hour and all went away after about 2 hours. I checked the web for side effects of Magnesium Citrate and Vitamin B3. it said that 50mg or more of vitamin B3 will have side effects and it has listed the side effects http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/vitamin-b3 Some people might be intolerant to dosage more than 50 mg. I will continue with Magnesium Citrate and see what happens.
Something completely different problem, I have very dry skin and my hands are always very dry and I read the remedy for dry skin. Started rubbing a mixture of ACV and bicarbonate of soda and then applying cream and I have noticed that my hands a not dry any more.
Thanks for all the advice."
04/15/2011: Ladyhawk from Sarasota, Florida, USA replies: "I so resonated to your suggestion of milk of magnesia as a mouthwash to re-mineralize teeth that I started using it religiously -- straight out of the bottle -- every night before I went to sleep. My morning saliva pH catapulted to an appealing 7. 0 - 8. 0 and I was in heaven... Except that, within a week, my teeth turned an abhorent shade of gray. Yikes! Come to find out, some brands of milk of magnesia include sodium hypochloride as an ingredient, and sodium hypochloride is guaranteed to stain teeth. Buyer beware, and be sure to read the labels. Avoid sodium hypochloride at all costs."
04/17/2011: Paige from Fort Worth, Tx replies: "Silver Nissan: Vitamin B3 (niacin) is not poisoning your body! The redness and irritation and hot feeling is a natural reaction of niacin as niacin is a natural detox.
You should have given your body more time to work up to such a high level as tolerance can help with that.
I will be buying some milk of magnesia tomorrow to try that.
My regimen I will begin:
- Dry powder (toothpaste) of cayenne pepper, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. I will create the paste with hydrogen peroxide and brush with my normal brush.
- My oil gum massage: Neem oil, olive oil, cinnamon, cayenne pepper.
- Brush twice daily and massage at night.
- Supplements: CoQ10 (2 caps of 400mg each), magnesium citrate (500 mg) both daily.
My dentists/orthodontists have said I have thinning and receding gum line. I will need skin graft surgery to regenerate gums. As of March of this year, my dentist said surgery is imminent in the next couple of years.
I'll update with how this treatment goes! I have a dentist appointment in July, and maybe I'll hear some good news.
Anyone else care to update with how their gum lines are coming along? Please include your regimens!"
06/02/2012: Had from White River Jct, Vermont replies: "For Homemade Toothpaste recipe, this is my own.
1 scoop of calcium citrate powder(comes in the container)
2-5 TBS extra virgin coconut oil
1-3 TBS baking soda
2 caps, opened, potassium citrate (I buy 100 mg per pill)
a few shakes of sea/himalyian salt
10-20 drops essencial oils (I use peppermint-anti bac and viral, and clean feel, and Lemon-same reason and cuts the burn of peppermint to refreshing, also for tooth sensitivity--clove)
pure stevia to 'sweeten', add as needed to taste.
Start w/ EVCO and BS and potas/calcium/salt--mix and rub on teeth and spit, until you like the level of smooth/gritty, then the oils, start w/ 5-10 drops and mix/rub on teeth, spit, so you don't make the oil flavor to strong in you mouth, then stevia to tone it down and not be so offensive in the mouth.
I do not put magnesium citrate in toothpaste, it was throw it away gross to taste. I do drink it in water everyday to make sure I get enough magnesium. I love this mix, it works very well and tastes good and is geared to clean, remineralize, and breakdown plague etc... You can use different ess. Oils. Research benefits for teeth of diff. Ess. Oils and go for it.
I also oil pull w/ EVC, and was using Hydroperoxide 3% as mouthwash, I am going to look into milk of magnesia, but would Borax in water have same effect? I have that and use it.
You can also mix up a breath freshener for through out the day, water, peppermint/lemon, and stevia ( tones down the oil/sweethens). If I am out and eat or whatever, I spray my teeth and tongue, swish around and spit to have a clean mouth."
10/23/2012: Dina from Groveland, Florida replies: "Recently I noticed some receding gum line and possibly thinning gums and two of my bottom teeth looked as if thye had been pushed forward and somehow one of my front teeth pushed slightly back so I took action. I found out listerine is good for killing the germs so I got zero alcohol listerine. And I found a crest pro health tooth paste that revereses gingivitus&now I drink 100% vitamin C orange juice so I pray this will fix my issue because I can't afford any pricy surgeries or stuff like that
Crest Pro health healthy gums toothpaste
100% vitamin C orange Juice
twice a day every day until my gums are back to normal
any other inexpensive suggestions would be greatly appreciated"
10/23/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Dina, You may want to re-consider your regimen. You are using products that are extremely harsh to the body. The marketing may convince people these are good choices but, in fact, they are not. I'll list just one ingredient you don't want in or on your body- sodium lauryl sulfate. That's just a start!
My suggestion would be to use sea salt, neem oil, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, oil pulling (you can read about that here on EC. ) These are what I use on a daily basis. I haven't used toothpaste in years at this point. Long ago I had a large pocket at the back of my top tooth and the dentist said the only way to take care of that would be with surgery. I said I didn't believe that and would heal it. On my next visit, they measured it and it was gone! He couldn't believe it.
I have put up video of Nadine Artemis, a leading authority on healing gums and re-mineralizing teeth. If it is of interest to you, I would be happy to do that again. I know a few people really learned a lot from it. Oh, and diet plays a big role too in the health of our teeth and gums. Google the work of Weston Price. Hope this helps. Wishing you the best, Lisa"
[YEA] 08/02/2011: Blindedbyscience from Candler, Nc: "Oh shucks, I forgot to add to my post of green juicing being good for receding gums that I also love Uncle Harrys Tooth powder which is inexpensive. I also use toothsoap but I like Uncle Harrys best. I think these things have kept me from having surgery which is good because I only go to the dentist a couple of times a decade. I just read this link which is great http://www.life-enthusiast.com/news/o_dental_health.htm"