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Top 15 Home Remedies for Stopping Receding Gums

Receding gums not only destroy the beauty of your smile, they can lead to serious health conditions including the increased risk of heart disease. Stopping receding gums is something that you need to get to work on before your condition worsens. Before we consider the top 15 home remedies for stopping receding gums, let’s learn about their causes.

Harmful bacteria in your mouth cause the formation of a sticky film on your teeth known as plaque. If plaque is not removed, it hardens and becomes tartar. The combination of tartar, plaque and the harmful bacteria, left untreated, inflame and irritate your gums until they begin to draw up into “U” shaped pockets on your teeth.

The most common contributors to receding gums are:

  • Smoking;
  • Poor dental hygiene;
  • Emotional stress;
  • Poor nutrition;
  • Excess consumption of sugar leading to candidiasis;
  • Immune-related illnesses (cancer, HIV, diabetes).

These top 15 remedies for stopping receding gums will work, but these are not all inclusive remedies. For treatment of severe cases consult a dental health professional.

Top 15 Home Remedies for Stopping Receding Gums

Flossing

Flossing along with brushing is on the front line of defense for stopping receding gums.

What to do:

  • Purchase and keep floss as a part of your daily dental hygiene supplies.
  • Learn the proper way to use floss.
  • Brush after flossing.
  • Repeat this treatment twice a day.

How it works:
Regular flossing helps to remove larger food particles stuck between your teeth upon which harmful bacteria feed and multiply in number.

dental floss

Dietary Changes

Dietary changes can also stop the further development of receding gums.

What to do:

  • Eliminate processed sugars and artificial sweeteners from your diet and replace them with natural sweeteners like stevia, honey or xylitol.
  • Get rid of processed and packaged foods, which have additives that promote bacterial growth. Opt for raw fruits and vegetables like apples and celery to help clean your teeth naturally.
  • Cut out hydrogenated oils like vegetable, corn, soy and canola oils, replacing them with cold-pressed oils like coconut, olive and sesame oil.

How it works:
By cutting out foods that encourage the growth of harmful bacteria and replacing them with foods that prevent the buildup of those bacteria, you begin to gain ground in your fight to stop receding gums.

Cloves

Cloves have been used for centuries as a way to freshen breath, but they can also help stop receding gums.

What to do:

  • Chew whole cloves two or three times a day.
  • Add clove oil to your homemade toothpaste, mouth rinse or pulling oil.

How it works:
Cloves in whole or oil form help to cleanse the oral cavity of bacteria and promote the healing of dental tissues.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a super-food when it comes to oral hygiene and stopping the spread of receding gums.

What to do:

  • First thing in the morning after getting out of bed, place 1 Tbsp of coconut oil in your mouth.
  • Swish the oil throughout your mouth and draw it between your teeth for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with water.
  • You can add essential oils like cloves and others that we will discuss later to coconut oil to increase its effectiveness.

How it works:
Coconut oil contains capric acid, myristic acid and lauric acid, all of which function as oral detoxifiers.

Green Tea

Drinking green tea can also stop the receding gums process.

What to do:

  • Prepare green tea as directed on the package instructions.
  • Consume green tea a couple of times a day until your condition improves.

How it works:
The antioxidants in green tea help promote healing of your damaged gums.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C in several different forms has been made use of to stop receding gums for centuries.

What to do:

  • Load up on as many raw fruits, vegetables and herbs that contain vitamin C on a daily basis.
  • You can also take u to 1500 mg of vitamin C supplement daily.

How it works:
Vitamin C also has antioxidant qualities like green tea. Consuming vitamin C by eating raw vegetables add the extra benefit of helping to clean your teeth as well.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is something of a wonder cure. It can be used in two different capacities to stop receding gums.

What to do:

  • Mix 2 oz. of aloe vera juice in a glass of water and consume twice daily.
  • Add aloe vera gel to coconut oil or use it by itself for an oil pull or to brush your teeth.

How it works:
Aloe vera has anesthetic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which will help heal receding gums.

eucalyptus leaves

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is another super substance that can help heal receding gums.

What to do:

  • Add two to three drops of eucalyptus to a Tbsp of water and use as an oral rinse.
  • Or, add eucalyptus oil to your pulling oil or homemade toothpaste.
  • Alternately, you can chew on raw eucalyptus leaves, use them to cleanse your mouth and teeth and then spit out them out.

How it works:
Eucalyptus oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities that help stop receding gums. It has the added benefit of preventing tooth decay.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are another super-food that can stop receding gums.

What to do:

  • Soak 1 Tbsp of chia seeds in 1 cup of water for about an hour.
  • Mix in ground cinnamon and/or ground gloves.
  • Eat the gel that is formed by the chia seeds twice a day.
  • Be sure to floss afterward, because some of the seeds get stuck between your teeth.

How it works:
Packed with zinc, phosphorus, and Vitamin A, chia seeds help reduce plaque buildup and eliminate bacteria, which cause gum disease.

Apples

The saying is that “an apple a day will keep the doctor away.” An apple a day will also stop receding gums.

What to do: It can’t be any simpler, eat a raw unpeeled apple every day.

How it works:
Eating a raw unpeeled apple not only provides antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals, but the peel helps to clean between your teeth and underneath your gums.

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is another great addition to our list for stopping receding gums.

What to do:

  • Swish 1/8 to ¼ cup of sesame oil around your mouth like an oral rinse and spit it out.
  • Sesame oil can be used in lieu of coconut oil as a pulling oil or in homemade toothpaste.

How it works:
Though not as powerful as coconut oil, sesame oil also detoxifies your mouth from harmful bacteria.

Myrrh

The resin from biblical times, myrrh, is a tried and tested method of stopping receding gums and gum disease.

What to do:

  • Mix 2 or 3 drops of myrrh oil with 1 Tbsp or water to use as an oral rinse.
  • Add several drops of myrrh oil to your pulling oil or homemade toothpaste to increase their benefits.

How it works:
This resin is well known for preventing further damage to gums and restoring them.

Lemon Oil

Receding gums can be stopped through the use of lemon oil too.

What to do:

  • Use lemon oil as a mouth rinse or for oil pulling.
  • Lemon oil is not recommended for daily use because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel.

How it works:
Lemon oil has significant antiseptic properties that aid in detoxification of your oral cavity.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a great replacement for sugar or artificial sweeteners and can also aid in stopping receding gums.

What to do:

  • Chew gum containing xylitol instead of gum with sugar added.
  • Add xylitol to your oral rinse, pulling oil or homemade toothpaste to add a little sweetness.

How it works:
Xylitol aids in killing the harmful bacteria which cause plaque.

Xylitol sugar replacement

Homemade Toothpaste

Your own homemade toothpaste can also stop receding gums and even bring healing to the damage that has already been done.

What to do:

  • Mix 10 drops clove oil and 10 drops of mint oil in ¼ cup of coconut oil.
  • Add enough baking soda or bicarbonate of soda to make a paste.
  • You might need to add a little xylitol to sweeten the paste because the baking soda is a little bit strong.
  • If you want to thicken the paste a little bit more add a little bit of bentonite clay.
  • Floss and brush your teeth as least twice a day using this toothpaste.

How it works:
The combination of the essential oils and coconut oils along with xylitol help to detoxify your mouth. The baking soda and bentonite clay provide abrasive to help scrub away stubborn plaque and tartar buildup.

A Final Word

Practicing good oral hygiene is the best line of defense against developing receding gums and gum disease in the first place, but if the damage has already been done, these 15 home remedies for stopping receding gums can reverse that damage. Don’t hesitate to make use of one or several of these remedies to stop receding gums before they cause other serious health problems.

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