Natural Cures: Receding Gums and Gum Disease

Last Modified on Oct 30, 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.

Bee Propolis

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

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

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.

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Bee Propolis   2  0   

Posted by Mary (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) on 07/18/2013

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.

Replied by Kay
Jax, Fl, Usa
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.

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
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

Replied by Kay
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.
Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
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

Replied by Joannemuriel
Cobble Hill, Bc
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.
Replied by Cindy
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.
Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa
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).

Replied by Dev
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 :)

Posted by Tammie (Prairieville, Louisiana) on 03/31/2007

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Walter
Bainbridge Island, WA
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?
Replied by Roseann
San Dieo, California
[WARNING!]   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...
Replied by Roseann
San Diego, California
propolis by any other name.....oops, Roseann
Replied by Lin
New York, New York

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!!

Replied by Andrea
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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!

Replied by Larhonda
Orlando, FL, USA
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.
Replied by Anonymous
Davenport, IA
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!
Replied by Jasonmchicago
Chicago, Il Usa
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.
Replied by Tom
Tucson, Az
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".
Replied by Faith
Forest Park, Ohio
[YEA]   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.

Replied by Carol
Southfield, Michigan, Usa
To Tom from Tucson, AZ -- but you are treating the symptom and not the cause!
Replied by Lin
Eau Claire, Wi
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!
Replied by Recedinggum
Miami Florida
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!

Bill's Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Meg (Kansas City, Mo) on 02/13/2014

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!

Replied by Bill
San Fenando, Philippines
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.

Replied by Meg
Kansas City
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.
Replied by Carolyn
Carrollton, Tx
Have you tried a good brand of oil of oregano?

Brushing Technique   0  0   

Posted by Idahospud (Caldwell, Id, United States) on 11/19/2011

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 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

Replied by Silsu
Lansing, Michigan
Idahospud from Caldwell, Id, United States: What are the ingredients of the solutions? Thanks much.
Replied by Jillery
North America
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   1  0   

Posted by Tinkermom (Covington, Louisiana) on 10/23/2011

[YEA]  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!!

Replied by Leah
Nairobi, Kenya
Hi, how did you make the toothpaste with coconut oil and baking soda?
Replied by Sarah
Toledo, Ohio
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.

Good luck!

Replied by Lili
Osa, Costa Rica
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?
Replied by Horace
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.
Replied by Ed
Atlanta, Ga
Tinker mom,
When you say back to normal what exactly do you mean? Did his gums grow back or did they just heal?

Dental Tips   1  0   

Posted by Sunny (Vancouver, Canada) on 04/29/2010

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Crystal
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.
Replied by Jada
Toronto, Ontario

Has anyone's gums ACTUALLY Grew back, slowly? How?

Problem: Gum Recession Thin & Fragile Tissues (Not Bacterial Infection periodontitis)


  • -Over Brushing Teeth (Super clean teeth. I love going to the dentist = teeth spa)
  • -Bruxism (Grinding Teeth in Sleep)
  • -Orthodontic Treatment (Aged 9-12)


    -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!

  • Replied by Debbie
    Melbourne, Australia
    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".

    Replied by Andy
    Vancouver, Bc
    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.
    Replied by Avis
    Hi I saw your post.. Wanted to see how your gums are... I am having exact same problem...

    Garlic   0  0   

    Posted by Robert (Southampton, England) on 11/18/2012

    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.

    Replied by Tara
    Boston, Ma
    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   2  0   

    Posted by Bev (Long Beach, Ca) on 08/29/2013

    [YEA]  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.

    Replied by Joy
    Barto Pennsylvania
    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.
    Replied by Bev
    Long Beach, Ca
    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.
    Replied by Kim
    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?
    Replied by Marc
    Where and what kind of vitamins (brand name, company)?

    Posted by Ae8888 (Miami, Florida, Usa) on 07/10/2013

    [YEA]  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.

    Replied by Jules
    This sounds encouraging... What amount of each vitamin di you use for the mixture?
    Replied by Recedinggum
    Miami Florida
    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!

    Replied by Suji
    San Diego, Ca
    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

    Replied by Om
    Hope Bc Canada
    Suji from San Diego, CA. You may want to study 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
    Replied by Aurora
    Mason City
    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.
    Replied by Om
    Hope Bc Canada
    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
    Replied by Tony
    Tn, Usa
    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!

    Replied by Aurora
    Mason City
    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.
    Replied by Wanda
    Durham,nc Usa
    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.

    Hydrogen Peroxide   1  0   

    Posted by Lita (Sanford, Fl) on 09/17/2009

    [YEA]  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!

    Replied by Bluemoi
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    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.

    Oil Pulling   1  0   

    Posted by Cindy (Ga, USA) on 09/10/2013

    [YEA]  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.

    Replied by Cecilia
    Lowell, Nc, Usa
    How long does it take to cure a loose tooth?

    Posted by Aq (Berkeley) on 07/16/2013

    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.

    Posted by Judy (Milwaukee, Wi) on 06/02/2013

    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

    Replied by Datageek
    Philadelphia, Pa
    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.
    Replied by Mmsg
    Somewhere, Europe
    Judy, oil pulling does seem to help for sensitive teeth. If it's not helping you yet, maybe switch to a different oil.
    Replied by Corrine
    Gainesville, Fl
    [BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   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.

    Sea Buckthorn Seed   1  0   

    Posted by Francine (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/13/2014

    [YEA]  I have been using Sea Buckthorn seed for a variety of ailments, one in particular red and receding gums. It has been quite amazing. Just swish a dropper full in your mouth for a few minutes and swallow. After about a week or so, the gums start healing and tooth tartar will diminish also. Several friends and their dentist have been amazed at the results. Note this is not to be confused with sea buckthorn berry oil. Give it a try.

    Replied by Mely
    Norwalk, CA
    Hi can you please tell me - where can I find this stuff? I'm desperate about my gum receding so fast, thank you.

    Ted's Remedies   0  0   

    Posted by Adriana (Montgomery, AL) on 01/30/2007

    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."

    Replied by Pete
    London, UK
    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"

    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 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!

    Replied by Had
    White River Jct, Vermont
    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.

    Replied by Dina
    Groveland, Florida
    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

    Replied by Lisa
    Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
    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

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