Receding Gums Symptoms
Receding gums is common to people of age over 40. The severity of receding gums increases over time. As the gums recede, the teeth become more and more visible as time goes by. The condition may also be a warning sign for or the culprit of a more serious disease.
- Teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, and other foods.
- Teeth appear to be longer than usual
- Visible roots of teeth
- Cavities below the line of the gums
- Color of tooth changes
- Spaces between the teeth may appear larger
- Red and swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums when brushing
- Changes around the teeth
Receding Gums Causes
The recession of the gums is caused by many factors which include:
- Altered position of the teeth which may cause imbalance occlusion which refers to how the teeth fit when the person bites on something.
- Gum disease leads to the recession of the gums because of the bacteria which later on form plaques that are irritating to the gums. These plaques may obstruct the spaces between the teeth and may form a wedge causing more bacteria to erode the tissues.
- Brushing vigorously can make the gums worn out.
- Eating disorders in which vomiting is frequent
- Tongue or lip piercing
- Heredity plays a role
- Sensitivity to ingredients of toothpaste
- Poor oral hygiene
Home Remedies for Receding Gums
Here are some of the natural remedies that are used to treat receding gums:
- Gum disease is in some way related to the deficiency in Vitamin C. Studies show that those who have low intake of this vitamin have a higher chance of getting a gum disease which is one of the causes of receding gums.
- The amount of Vitamin D in the blood of a person’s body is inversely proportional to the rate of the incidence of bleeding gums. Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D.
- Stress is always part of the causes of many diseases. It also contributes to the plaque accumulation in the mouth resulting to receding gums.
- Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic. It is applied to the gums topically to treat gingivitis and bleeding.
- Four ounces of cranberry juice a day can help prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth.