Natural Cures: Receding Gums and Gum Disease

Apr 22, 2017

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 is 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.

Natural Remedies for Receding Gums

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling with coconut oil, sesame oil or olive oil can be very effective for improving dental health. Adding one drop of oregano oil or tea tree oil to the base oil you choose for oil pulling can give you another weapon against disease-causing bacteria in your mouth.

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. Find discussion about this supplement on this page.

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.

Dietary Changes for Oral Health

What you eat or do not has a profound effect on your dental health. Consuming a lot of sugar and processed foods will create an environment in your mouth that is ripe for bacteria and infection, even if you brush your teeth afterwards. The more sugar and processed foods you consume, the less you will consume of health promoting foods, which are important for strong bones and teeth. Adequate vitamins and minerals taken through a whole foods diet will promote good oral health. If you have poor dental health, you may also be experiencing health problems. Juicing is one way to increase the nutrients that you take in. A variety of unprocessed whole foods is another.

pH and Oral Heath

A poor diet will usually leave your body acidic, and ripe for disease, including dental disease and problems. A better quality diet will be a great help to your mouth (and overall health!) You can also improve the pH in your mouth by brushing with baking soda. Baking soda has been used for generations to clean teeth simply and inexpensively.

Oral Hygiene Products

Unfortunately, many of the products sold for oral care are counterproductive. Toothpastes with SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) and fluoride cause more harm than good. Many mouthwashes contain chemicals, food dyes and artificial sweeteners that you would do well to avoid. Try brushing with a natural toothpaste, baking soda, or make your own tooth powder. Use hydrogen peroxide to rinse your mouth instead of mouthwash.

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.

Mouth Breathing  

Posted by Sunshine (Dublin, Ireland) on 04/10/2017

I have receding gums for years now. I am not too sure why it started in the first place, but they would get better and then worse again. I am 35. I am doing oil pulling with sesame or coconut oil + drop of oregano oil regularly, try and maintain good oral hygiene. regular visits to dentist, started taking vitamins and minerals. The gums improved a little, but I would expect them to get better after all that I've been doing. So only yesterday I came across an article about mouth breathing and it's negative effects on oral health. And I am definitely a mouth breather when I sleep and I have a gut feeling that this is what's stopping my gums from healing. Plus I breathe mostly through my mouth when walking for 2 hours almost every day. I am going to try and retrain myself breath through my nose and hope for some improvement. I tried breathing only through my nose when walking today and I must say it does take some effort. Hopefully this could be of some help for someone out there having gum issues.

Replied by Ash

Drinking "100% orange juice" is almost completely unlikely to do anything beneficial for your gums and teeth. Oranges simply don't contain high enough amounts of vitamin c (ascorbic acid) to provide the body what it needs, especially in cases of vitamin c deficiency. You would literally have to consume a truck load of oranges to get the amount of vit c your body needs to sustain itself. A healthy person required AT LEAST 5,000-10,000 mgs (5-10 grams) of vitamin c per day. Yes, that's right! I said 5-10 GRAMS. Again, that's just a daily maintanence dose for a healthy person. Someone who has the flu can easily tolerate in excess of 100,000mgs of vitamin c before they reach bowel intolerance. Humanity as a whole is extremely deficient in vitamin c. So I suggest you read up on "mega-dosing with vitamin c".