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Natural Cures: Receding Gums and Gum Disease

Last Modified on May 31, 2015

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
12/08/2013

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
12/08/2013

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
Jax,fl,usa
12/10/2013

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
12/10/2013

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
03/03/2014

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
Usa
03/03/2014

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
03/03/2014

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
Thailand
04/13/2014

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 :)
Replied by Myway
Wilmington, De
01/03/2015

If you have general good health, going to another country may be a good option for dental work but, if you have heart disease, respiratory difficulties, take multiple medications, etc. I would suggest you stay away from overseas clinics. Many of these clinics cannot handle health emergencies well. Because of my heritage, I travel to central America frequently and know of two people who nearly died from dental work done over seas, namely implants. Both of these acquaintances were over 50, had heart problems and were taking blood thinners. For both people, a simple implant turned into a health nightmare. Just be aware of your own health situation before going this route and the risk involved. Fillings, cleanings and crowns, I would have them done over seas but root canals or implants - I personally would not do it. I am pretty healthy but would not risk it.
Replied by Gloria
Greensboro, Alabama
02/15/2015

I agree with Om and Joanmuriel that K2 is critical to remineralizing the teeth. Vitamin D is the driver for calcium and K2 directs it into bones and teeth instead of arteries and brain and other unwanted places. Vitamin C is a critical nutrient for mouth tissues (gums).

I would also suggest some basic tools: Inter dental floss sticks, a sonicare tooth brush (it sends sonic waves up the gum line and dislodges debris and tartar in that area, and a water flosser (Water pic) to be used twice a day. Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and coconut oil (for oil pulling, or to make a brushing paste) can substitute for floride toothpastes.

Stains can be removed by rubbing gently with a slice from Mr. Clean Magic Eraser soaked in warm water and peroxide --with or without baking soda.

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
03/02/2008

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
06/26/2008

[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
06/27/2008

propolis by any other name.....oops, Roseann
Replied by Lin
New York, New York
10/18/2008

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!!

Replied by Andrea
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
10/24/2008

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
06/17/2009

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
06/18/2009

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
01/18/2011

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
10/24/2012

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
11/11/2012

[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
04/02/2013

To Tom from Tucson, AZ -- but you are treating the symptom and not the cause!
Replied by Lin
Eau Claire, Wi
07/16/2013

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
11/16/2013

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!

Replied by Cyrus
Edmonton
04/25/2015

Hi, I'm just wondering if you could tell me a little more about how you recovered from receding gums using bee propolis. I'm excited to try the product but I'm unsure of which bee propolis product to use and how the substance can be applied. If you could shed some light for me, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much! Cyrus

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
02/14/2014

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
02/15/2014

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
06/12/2014

Have you tried a good brand of oil of oregano?
Replied by Catherine
Scottsdale
04/22/2015

How do you use turpentine as a supplement? This is the first I have ever heard of that...
Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
04/23/2015

1149 Posts
Hi Catherine...You wont find any double-blind, random, placebo trials for the efficacy and usefulness of turpentine or kerosene for any disease. That's because Big Pharma is not interested in any chemical that cannot be patented. But I have seen large numbers of personal testimonials on the web -- particularly from Germany, America and Africa. Dr J Daniels recounts that the slaves in the old US used ordinary turpentine as their miracle cure for everything. Dr Charles Oscar Frye, an American doctor, wrote a pamphlet in 1914 on how to cure tuberculosis easily and without fail using a fine mist kerosene spray as an inhalant for the lungs. Paula Ganner, from Germany, was interviewed by 7 Tag Magazine in Germany. She brought 20, 000 letters of thanks from people who had been cured of many forms of cancer, sepsis(gangrene), leukemia, diabetes, tuberculosis etc. using her kerosene cure. Two weeks after the editor of 7 Tag put out the article on Paula Ganner he was fired from 7 Tag magazine. And one year after the article and both kerosene and turpentine were suddenly banned as outright poisons after being heavily used in medicine for centuries(since the Greek period) as an inhalant, a topical remedy, as an enema(with soap) and as a supplement.

Paula Ganner always insisted that kerosene was a blood purifier -- that it could kill anything bad in the blood. In fact, I've had a rough sore throat for the past day or so, probably viral. This morning at around 11 am I simply took a teaspoon of turpentine in about 1/5 of glass of water and swallowed it down. This way, the turps will be absorbed quickly and directly from the stomach into the blood where I wanted it. By 3 o'clock this afternoon my rough sore throat was gone, my chest congestion was much reduced and my voice was back to normal. Turpentine is the one I run to when nothing else works. Kerosene has the same healing attributes as turpentine but its a bit more tricky to get the right form of kerosene. Easier just to buy the pure gum turpentine and use that.

Turpentine/Kerosene

Replied by Marcin
Toronto, Canada
04/23/2015

Bill, thank you for always providing reliable information on turpentine and other remedies. It is so aggravating and sad that such great natural cures are discredited by the mainstream medicinal practice and believed by many to be nothing more than placebo or wishful thinking, and in the worst case, a poison.

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 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

Replied by Silsu
Lansing, Michigan
08/15/2012

Idahospud from Caldwell, Id, United States: What are the ingredients of the solutions? Thanks much.
Replied by Jillery
North America
11/25/2013

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.
Replied by Marilyn
Usa
04/04/2015

Wondering if I could substitute the almond oil with some other kind of oil--I am allergic to almonds. :-(
Replied by Marilyn
Usa
04/04/2015

Wondering if I could substitute the almond oil with some other kind of oil--I am allergic to almonds. :-(

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
02/12/2013

Hi, how did you make the toothpaste with coconut oil and baking soda?
Replied by Sarah
Toledo, Ohio
02/12/2013

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
07/07/2013

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
Ireland
08/12/2013

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
11/17/2013

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
Uk
09/30/2010

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
08/05/2011

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

Cause:

  • -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!

  • Replied by Debbie
    Melbourne, Australia
    08/06/2011

    Jada
    Read this article on Niacin and how the gum tissue repaired itself with the use of Niacin.


    Cheers

    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".
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    Replied by Andy
    Vancouver, Bc
    08/18/2013

    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
    Canada
    12/05/2013

    Hi I saw your post.. Wanted to see how your gums are... I am having exact same problem...
    Replied by Kat
    Canada
    01/07/2015

    Did this really work?

    Folic Acid and B-12   0  0   

    Posted by Timothy (Md) on 05/30/2015

    [BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have had receding gums for a few years now and I think that I have found the solution. I never had inflammation of the gums, just recession. I have figured out that, for me, eliminating caffeine and alcohol while taking 2400 mcg/day of folic acid and 75 mg of B-12 (3 tablets of 800 mcg of Folic Acid and 25 mg of B-12) is slowly regrowing my gums. From what I understand, caffeine and alcohol reduce the amount of folate in your body which is needed for healthy gums.

    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
    10/29/2013

    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
    10/04/2013

    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
    10/04/2013

    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
    Columbus
    01/14/2014

    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
    Floida
    03/20/2014

    Where and what kind of vitamins (brand name, company)?
    Replied by Libby
    Atlanta Ga
    05/05/2015

    I would love to know more about the powder rub the lady from FL uses, especially Vitamin strengths, all details please! Thank you very much.

    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
    Canada
    08/19/2013

    This sounds encouraging... What amount of each vitamin di you use for the mixture?
    Replied by Recedinggum
    Miami Florida
    11/16/2013

    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
    01/08/2014

    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
    01/10/2014

    Suji from San Diego, CA. You may want to study http--paradisenow.net-healing.html. This site has made it possible for me to keep my teeth and heal a cavity as well a loose tooth. My gums look fine now. But I also have done oil pulling with sesame oil for years. It is a wonderful site, a real gift. Namaste, Om
    Replied by Aurora
    Mason City
    01/10/2014

    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
    01/11/2014

    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
    01/11/2014

    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
    01/12/2014

    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
    05/14/2014

    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.
    Replied by Ogyam
    Vancouver, BC
    12/31/2014

    I like your post about your mixtures for curing gum disease, I would like to know how much of vit c, b, etc, I need to mix. I have been diagnosed with severe receding gums and I desperately need natural health solutions.
    Replied by Lena
    Denver
    01/01/2015

    When I lived in Russia, a gauze saturated in vitamin C was wrapped around flexible metal plate with electrode attached and placed around gums. If one had a tooth abscess then gauze was saturated with a medicine.This type of treatment is customary in Russia and have been used for 70 plus years. And not just for teeth, but many other body's ailments. Healing power of light, sound, electricity, water, etc.is traditionally used in healthcare in Russia. There are so many devices were invented that capture and utilize healing power of nature.
    Replied by Robert Henry
    Ten Mile, Tn.
    01/01/2015

    HI U LENA, , , , , , , , , , , I have two books by the Russian PhD , Mikhail Tombak. His mother was an MD and wanted him to make that his life's work. He told her that he wanted to cure peoples ails and not just treat the symptoms. Sounds like she was a 'Merican. A big thing with him is the Spanish Black Radish juice. He, like Hulda Clark, is an advocate of flushing your liver twice a year.

    The Black Radish is so potent with sulfur that you will have to trash any glass container. You cannot get rid of that smell. Southern poor people have always eaten high sulfur veggies like Collards and Kale. It's called soul food, but was that's a misnomer. This is a veggie that will grow all winter in the Sweat South and so that's all folks had to eat .......white or black.

    If you look at what our body produces until old age.... it is glutathione which is loaded with sulfur. DMSO and MSM are both sulfur compounds that solve lots of our health problems.

    Lena, I'm wearing you out with my stories, but I'm sure we can all learn from countries that have not regulated medicine to where medical practitioners cannot think outside the box. I can almost promise you that Cuba is ahead of us in many areas. I.e. Ozone.

    In Japan's hospitals you are given Ionized Alkaline water. In the US, this is Quackery. An alkaline body is a healthy body. An acid body is a sick body.

    Today is New Years and the Southern Tradition is Black eyed peas for luck and greens for next year's money. Ms Conn kicks in corn bread and green onions for balance. Against the law. Hell to be pore and jus barely getting by.

    =====ORH=======

    Replied by Peter
    Ny, US
    01/02/2015

    Crush B100 to a powder, 1 pill. Put in small cup. Cotton swab your gums before going to bed or twice a day, also after brushing.

    Replied by Nikki
    Seattle, Wa
    01/06/2015

    Hi, I know this post is old but do you leave the paste on there? If so, how long? Do you also put it on the gums? I have some gums that are severely receding and I'm fairly young. Please let me know.
    Replied by Abby
    Madison, WI
    01/22/2015

    Did your concoction actually work for receding gums? I'm in my late 20's and I've already got issues :( painful and frustrating. Thanks.
    Replied by Laura
    California
    05/21/2015

    Hi, could U explain the vitamin mixture you use on your teeth for receding gums. Thank you.

    Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen   0  0   

    Posted by Prioris (Fl, US) on 01/03/2015

    I did find a cure for receding gums. I had noticed that my gums were weakening for sime time probably due to my age (near 60). My gums were getting weaker and I got concerned.

    Biocell HA (HA + Collagen) on empty stomach which I was using for another problem unexpectedly strengthened them. They don't even bleed like they used to. The key is finding a HA formula that absorbs well. Take the supplement for 2-3 months about 3 capsules per day.

    I did go to the dentist where they checked my gums and teeth 5 months ago. They couldn't find any pockets in my gums. My gums have stayed very strong. Receding gums seem to be an old age issue but just in case you're young, I would try a good vitamin C supplement. Receding gums are a serious issue since it can lead to loss of ones healthy teeth. I hope this information can help a widespread problem.

    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
    11/29/2009

    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.
    Replied by Hawanatu
    Windsor
    03/25/2015

    What do you buy in a gel base to use for peridontal disease?

    Oil Pulling   2  0   

    Posted by Anon (Lake Havasu City) on 05/16/2015

    [YEA]  For making gums grow why did you fail to mention "Oil Pulling" with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ???

    Very effective and simple to do 3 times a day until gums are restored. Absolutely must hold in mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. It goes from an oil to a watery substance that is white colored. Then you know it worked.

    Growing new gums is a slow process, but the anti-bacteria, anti-fungus, and anti-virus qualities make this a real infection fighter. Along with your good oral hygene to grow new gums, be sure to use a tongue scrapper to remove surplus build up of any bad stuff living on your tongue that would end up inside your gums by spreading.

    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
    10/30/2014

    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.


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