Receding Gums - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Receding Gums. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Sea Salt + Baking Soda Mouthwash

Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 02/21/2022

I have been experiencing loose teeth due to bone loss, receding gums, gingivitis. This will eventually lead to tooth loss. As an experiment, I'm trying to re-mineralize my teeth and gums and destroy the gingivitis for the past 30 days and the results are amazing.

So here is what I've been doing.

Make a natural re-mineralizing mouth wash.

Materials needed:

* Sea salt (NOT Table salt) 2 TBSP
* Baking Soda 6 TBSP
* Water 1 liter
* 1 Liter empty soda bottle


Add 2 tablespoons of sea salt and 6 tablespoons of baking soda to the empty bottle. Add water to about within 2 inches from the top and cap bottle. Now shake the bottle til salt and baking soda are completely dissolved. Your mouth rinse is now ready. I keep this bottle in the shower and use it as a mouth wash while I'm showering. Swish it between teeth for 2 minutes. Then spit it out. Do this once daily.

Next, I changed out my toothpaste for a tooth powder (Dr. Christopher Herbal Tooth and Gum). I remember reading about glycerin used in toothpaste and how it coats the teeth and prevents any absorption of any kind. “When glycerin is spread over the surface of our teeth, it leaves a film or residue which does not easily come off — it can take somewhere between two and three dozen rinsings of the mouth to completely remove it.” I think this is part of my problem with my teeth. So, I switched to an herbal tooth powder with nothing but herbs and spices in it. Results: The jaw bone and teeth are MUCH stronger. Not lose and wiggly anymore and don't move around when I push on them. Pain in my upper teeth and gums is almost gone (think god).

Overall they feel better. I will be continuing this treatment for a few more months based on the improvements I've already seen. Using a sea salt mouth rinse to aid in dental health is by no means a new practice. In fact, many ancient medical scripts refer to the use of saltwater.

There are even a few papyruses dated as far back as 16000 B.C. in which Egyptians detailed how to use their recipes to treat a variety of medical ailments. One of the most commonly used treatments seems to have been utilizing salt for its anti-infectious properties. The Ancient Egyptians were not alone in their understanding of the benefits of salt; the Greeks are another ancient civilization that had an early understanding of the anti-inflammatory benefits of using salt. The presence of salt and baking soda in your mouth increases its pH balance. The environment that results is very alkaline, and bacteria cannot survive in an alkaline environment. Bacteria is only able to thrive in an atmosphere that is very acidic. When salt is used on a regular basis, bacteria will not be healthy enough to reproduce, resulting in a healthier mouth.

Salt Water

Posted by Bas (California ) on 10/16/2019

I've tried several remedies and nothing was as effective as a simple daily gargle of salt water. It completely restored my gum wellness in less than a month!

Oil Pulling

Posted by Roop (Uk) on 01/12/2016

Hi all I'm 23 and I've had receding gums since I was 19, a lot on my lower central incisor and the a little on the lower canines.

I tried a lot of things, but I finally found something that works. Oil Pulling with Virgin Coconut Oil first thing in the morning for 20 mins rinsing with warm water afterwards to get rid of any excess oil (It contains harmful toxins and bacteria) followed by rinsing your mouth with 1/2 a glass of very warm water and 1 to 2 teaspoons of Sea Salt through the teeth and the recession areas in particular.

It will sting a lot but rinse for a good few mins until the glass is empty and don't rinse with regular water after wards I find the gums continue to heal if you do that.

I do that morning and night and also do the same Sea Salt water rinse after every meal to adjust the Ph level in your mouth so no harmful bacteria can grow at any times, I've only been doing this for two days now and my gums have grown back over 50%, when they grow back it is very rapidly and painful kind of inflamed.

I wish you all the best.

Multiple Remedies

Posted by Cheryl (Cooroy, Queensland. Aust.) on 12/02/2015

After everything I have been through and all my research, I believe the reason we all get gum disease and periodontitis is bacteria or fungus which ends up in our gums. It could be coming from decay in the teeth to start with and let me tell you, you cannot take notice of a dentist if they say you have no decay, it took me 3 dentists and an oral pathologist later to find out that I DID have decay in a crowned tooth which I had for 25 years. I was told by 2 dentists and an oral pathologist that there was NO DECAY UNDER THAT CROWNED TOOTH! There was as it turned out, that bad that the tooth had to be removed.

Straight away my health got better, not 100% but much better. I am now in the process of making sure I get rid of any other decay in remaining teeth, then maybe hopefully all the parasites and bacteria and fungi will be gone and hopefully then my gums will start to heal. If you have no decay for certain in your teeth you may need to do a parasite cleanse and get rid of them in other parts of your body, if you don't they keep traveling through the bloodstream setting up home wherever they like, even the gums. Mora therapy is a good way to diagnose and treat any kind of pathogens.

I have been coconut oil pulling with oregano, clove, thyme (they say the best for fungus) neem oil is very good and tea tree oil. Swishing with baking soda and taking internally capsules of oregano, neem, and thyme essential oils. (make sure they good quality essential oils, I use doterra)

For me taking 2 extra strength garlic capsules first thing in the a.m. with 2 heaped teas. diatomaceous earth and good 1/2 teas bentonite clay helps me heaps, then again I have been diagnosed with aspergillus, (a fungus) which I have no idea how I got, then who knows it could have also come from decay. Hope this info. helps anyone with a similar problem, all this has come from many hours of research and listening to oral health summits online.

Oil Pulling

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

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.

Homemade Tooth Products

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

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 1/10 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.

Folic Acid

Posted by Tara (Idaho) on 06/24/2013

My husband has really bad gum recession in his mid 20s and I was freiking out about it. His dental hygenist said he couldn't regrow it... That it isn't possible. Well, his mom was an herbalist guru and she used 2 or 3 items (unfortunately the only one I remember was large doses of folic acid) and his gums completely regrew. His dental hygienist was flabbergasted! I was amazed. So, I know it's possible. Don't give up hope. Just try things out till you find answers. Good luck to you.