Natural Remedies to Cure or Treat Receding Gums
"Receding gums (gingival recession) refers to a loss of gum tissue resulting in an exposure in the roots of the teeth. Gum recession is a common problem in adults over the age of 40, but may also occur starting from the teens.
* Overaggressive brushing - often gum lines recede due to toothbrush abrasion. The enamel at the gum line is worn away by scrubbing the sides of the teeth in a washboard fashion. * Inadequate brushing or flossing - by allowing the bacteria to sit in between the teeth, bacteria can build up. The enzymes which the bacteria release can cause the bone to be eaten away from the teeth. This erosion is very harmful. * Periodontal disease * Dipping snuff - by "dipping" snuff in between your lip and teeth it affects the mucus membrane lining in your mouth and overtime will cause your gums to recede. * Inadequate placing of lip or tongue piercings." (Wikipedia)
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[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!"
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."
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.
[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".
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."
[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."
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"
[YEA] 02/26/2012: Steven from Liverpool, New York: "I saw someone suggested vitamin c for receding gums all I have to say is thank you. The first of the year I could feel my teeth at the line. Now there is plenty of gum on the gum line."Replies
04/20/2012: Pat from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Usa replies: "Steven you mentioned vitamin C helped your gums. Did you take it internally and how much do you take?"
06/07/2012: Rachel from Napier, New Zealand replies: "Hi, Pat from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, I note Steven has not replied to you but I can tell you I have just purchased Vitamin C tablets today, 250mg and yes you just take one tablet a day. Hope this helps, will let you know."
[YEA] 06/09/2012: Jo from Cary, Nc replies: "I use vitamin C, but taking 1000 mgs a day wasn't enough so I take a capsule and pour the Vitamin C powder directly on the receding gum line. Make sure to use Vitamin C in Ascorbate form NOT ascorbic acid. This was a great relief to my burning gums. I also find oil pulling to be very helpful. I recently read to put Aloe Vera 100% on your gums before going to bed to heal the gums. Something that I have yet to try."
06/10/2012: Jo from Cary, North Carolina replies: "This is the website that says to put vitamin C directly on your gums.
It says to leave it on for 10 min. Rinse and brush afterwords. The Solaray Reacta C has it in calcium ascorbate form which is not acidic and is also anti-inflammatory."
09/25/2012: Kathleen from Arlington, Va replies: "thank you everyone for your posts; I almost had gum grafting surgery this summer, but just didn't feel right about it. I'm glad to know there are other treatments and I can't wait to get started!"
10/25/2012: Tom from Tucson, Az replies: "Hi Kathleen, Did you have any luck reversing your gum recession? In my opinion, it can't be done without a gum graft. I tried vitamin C and several of these other alternative methods. I finally went to see a professional periodontist. DON'T believe any of the horror stories about this procedure. It is a common procedure, done in the office under a local antesthesia and is NOT painful. If you want to hear from other people who were worried about this very common procedure, Google "Gum graft goes fine Relax if you need one".""