Receding Gums – How Much Do You Know?

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Receding gums aka gingival recession is a very common problem targeting especially middle aged males and females. It is easily defined as the loss of tissue (mucosal) over the jaw bone, ultimately leading to profound root exposure.

What causes the recession? – Over- aggressive teeth brushing is probably the greatest cause of receding gums because of the gum line and enamel corrosion caused by the harsh motions and pressure of the brush bristles. Bad oral hygiene leads to serious bacterial accumulation which also leads to the break-down of bone and teeth enamel. Gingivitis and edentulism may also cause the problem.

Symptoms- The symptoms range from discomfort, pain, inflammation and irritation in the gum area to profound root exposure, sensitivity and gum line caries.

Treatment options- Start your treatment routine by prevention. No cures are available for receding gums except periodontal plastic which may not suit everyone. Cut you chance of developing the problem by at least half by merely practicing good, daily oral hygiene.

Natural Treatment Options- Fantastic natural treatment options are available in your garden or kitchen to treat the symptoms associated with the problem effectively while also being very affordable. Sage herb has incredible astringent properties to tighten the gum areas gently while also relieving discomfort and pain generally associated with the recession. Add a couple of sage leaves to boiling water, strain and flush the affected areas of the mouth twice daily. Tea tree oil has both anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties thus not only treating but also preventing the problem by preventing bacteria build-up. Add a couple of drops oil to warm water, flushing the affected areas no more than twice daily.

Medical advice- It is essential to seek medical advice from a general practitioner or dentist should the pain, discomfort or any of the mentioned symptoms worsen. Your physician should give the thumbs-up or preferably recommend any treatment for the problem. Next: Read what you can do to help stop the progression or prevention of gum disease at home. Follow the links below for more information.

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Source by Scott Wells