What bothers the dentist mostly is the problem with the ‘receding gums’. No matter how irrelevant this problem might seem, receding gums can cause unbearable pain. In fact, they can withdraw and make gaps between the gums and teeth, filled with bacteria. This stage can later lead to teeth loss.

What bothers the dentist mostly is the problem with the ‘receding gums’. No matter how irrelevant this problem might seem, receding gums can cause unbearable pain. In fact, they can withdraw and make gaps between the gums and teeth, filled with bacteria. This stage can later lead to teeth loss.

Common symptoms

Receding gums is a rather common condition, but the issue is oftentimes neglected or treated improperly, mostly due to the fact that the recession develops quite slowly. Carefully check your teeth to see if there is any initial symptom. Prevention and proper treatment are always better than treating the issue once it reaches a lot severe stage.

Here are some of the symptoms you should be aware of:

  • Toothache
  • Larger or longer looking teeth
  • Higher sensitivity

What causes receding gums?

It can be caused by a gum disease but there are other reasons as well:

1. Periodontal diseases: That means bacterial infection in the gums. They cause damage to the supporting bone of the tooth and the gums, followed by other problems.

2. Lack of oral hygiene: If you don’t brush your teeth regularly, plaque and tartar buildup will get between your teeth. That can lead to calculus which is a hard substance which can lead to gum recession.

3. Aggressive brushing: It will not make your teeth any brighter or cleaner. Hard pressure on your teeth damages tooth enamel, and the only thing you will get at the end is receding gums. Yes, you may want to brush your teeth a little gentler.

4. You can blame the genes: If that is your case, you cannot do much to ease your situation, but general awareness will sure be of some help.

5. Smoking: Smoking is linked with many other diseases as lung disease and cancer, but it can also cause receding gums. Smokers can get a sticky plaque on their teeth more easily which causes receding gums.

6. Hormone imbalance can cause receding gums. This is a big problem, especially in women. Hormonal imbalance leads to more sensitive gums.

7. Clenching and grinding your teeth will put pressure on them and this can cause receding gums. Using force to take bits while you eat may also cause the same problem.

8. This is a weird reason, but piercing your tongue or lips can also lead to the same problem.

How to treat receding gums

As soon as you notice even the tiniest gap between the gums and teeth, visit your dentist immediately. You will need to undergo a tooth scaling, a treatment that consists of plaque and tartar removal from the area between and beyond the gum line. If it’s more severe, you will have to do a gum surgery in order to have the soft tissue grafted a little bit.

In case your situation is not that severe, you can get rid of receding gums by natural homemade therapies and remedies. If applied properly, these therapies and remedies can do wonders.

Green tea

Green tea contains numerous healing characteristics. It’s rich in antioxidants that fight against the free radicals and prevent from a lot of ailments. It has a high content of catechins, which are potent antioxidants that eliminate periodontal diseases and tighten the bond between the gums and teeth and gums. Green tea reduces swelling and inflammation, as well.

How to use it:

Every morning drink 1 cup of green tea.

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera is a well-known and extremely beneficial herb. It is especially used for skin care. This is because it contains numerous anti-inflammatory and repairing properties. If you have receding gums, Aloe Vera will help you in the fight against inflammation and will repair the tissue. It will also prevent other infections as it has antibacterial properties.

How to use it:

Use the gel from aloe vera for your gums problem. There are 2 ways. The first one is to use aloe vera gel as a mouthwash and for brushing.

Once you have flossed and brushed, put some aloe vera gel and once again brush the gums and teeth. This should last around 3 to 5 minutes. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly.

The other way is to use it as a mouthwash. Once again after you brush your teeth take a little bit of aloe vera gel and dissolve it in some water. The consistency should be good enough for you so you can swirl it around your mouth. Do this every day after brushing.

Oil pulling

Oil pulling is the most effective remedy against receding gums. It is also beneficial in the fight against other oral diseases but is mostly known for healing cavities. It also has other health benefits and anti- inflammatory properties. It reduces plaque deposits and toxins in the mouth.

How to use it:

It is better if you use organic coconut oil. Brush your teeth and then take a little bit of coconut oil and use it as a mouthwash. Once again do the method 1 to 2 minutes and increase gradually. The goal is 15 to 20 minutes daily. It can also help you to grow back receding gums and it will prevent bacteria growth in your mouth.

The essential oil from the eucalyptus can destroy germs and bacteria that live in your mouth. They will protect you from any oral diseases. It has many anti-inflammatory properties and they help in reducing the swelling in the gums. Remember to dilute the essential oil before you put it on your gums. It is really strong.

How to use it:

Take 1 or 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 1 or 2 tablespoons of water. Dilute the essential oil in the water and dip your toothbrush or your finger in the oil. Apply it on your gums and massage it gently. Wash your mouth with water. This will stimulate the growth of new gums and it will prevent receding gums.


You will need the resin from the Myrrh tree. That resin is an effective cure for treating different gum and mouth diseases. It will stop the gum recession and it will prevent additional damage.

How to use it:

You should use powdered myrrh. If the myrrh is in form of resin, make powder by crushing it. Add water until you get a paste. Then apply on the gums and massage it well. The treatment should last for a few minutes and you can use the toothbrush to finish the massage.

Clove oil

One of the common uses of clove oil is preventing toothache. Many people are not familiar with the disinfectant properties of the clove. It can help you to destroy the germs and bacteria in your mouth and it will fight against any oral disease. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well and it can reduce the swelling of the gums. In order to fight periodontal disease, you have to reduce inflammation.

If you try and chew a clove you will experience a numbing effect. After every meal, you can chew a clove. Remember that the clove oil should touch every side of your mouth. This will also destroy the bad breath. If you want you can try and use clove oil.

How to use it:

Take 1 to 2 drops of clove oil and massage your gums. Do this method one to three times in a day.

Precaution: In the case of using a blood clotting medication, please consult your doctor before you do this method.

Tip for preventing gum recession

It is better to prevent the problem then to cure it. If you see how many people have problems with receding gums then it is time to take some precautions. This way you will prevent other oral diseases as well. We will give you some tips that can help you to take better care of your gums and mouth.

Proper oral hygiene

This is one of the most important tips. It will keep the oral diseases away.


  • No aggressive brushing.
  • Use gentle strokes and circular motion.
  • Brush along your gym line, do not push the gums.
  • Use a brush with a small head and soft bristles.
  • Floss!!!
  • The best way to keep good oral hygiene is to floss and brush after every meal. If you are not able to do that then after every meal, use a mouthwash.

Mouthwash for a clean mouth

If you use a mouthwash on daily basis then your mouth will be free of bacteria and germs. It is recommended that you use it every day. We will give you recipes for homemade mouthwash if you do not want to use the ones from the market. They are made with some essential oils.

  • Mix 1 to 2 drops of essential oil, such as sage oil, peppermint, clove or tea tree oil and mix it with 1/4 to 1/2 cups of water. Mix it well and use it every day.
  • Another good way to protect your mouth from infections is hydrogen peroxide. It is very strong so remember to dilute it with water.

Remember that mouthwash is very important. Do it at least 2 times daily: in the morning and in the evening.

Water, water, and water

We all know that water is very important and drinking a lot of it can keep your gums healthy. We present you some reasons why you should drink more water to keep your gums healthy:

  • You will get rid of the toxins from your mouth and your body. You will flush out any germs and bacteria in your mount and therefore you will prevent receding gums.
  • You will keep your mouth clean. If you cannot clean your mouth after every meal you can use water to clean any food that is left on your teeth and in your mouth. Swish it around in your mouth and if you cannot spit the water out you can swallow it. Simple as that.

Eat healthy

Food that is healthy and full of nutrients can improve your overall health and boost your immune system as well. On the other hand, junk food will help the bacteria to grow in your mouth which can lead to many infections.

  • Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can. We recommend the ones that are full of vitamin C because it is very important for your gums. It can reduce inflammation and help in the regeneration of the gums. Eat a lot pineapple, strawberries, oranges, cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli, asparagus etc.
  • Reduce the sugar intake and avoid cold drinks. They are the perfect home for bacteria.
  • Do not consume alcohol, processed food, caffeine and anything that is made of white flour. They are bad for your overall health as well as for your oral health.

Consult with your doctor for any supplements

If your body does not have all important nutrients it can lead to bad oral health and problems with the gums. In order to change that you need to visit your doctor and find out if you should increase the intake of certain vitamins or other important nutrients. The following supplements can help you with receding gums:

  • Calcium: It is very important for dental and bone health.
  • Vitamin C: It will boost your immune system and also has many anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Ginkgo biloba: It will improve your blood circulation, which is crucial for having healthy gums.
  • Zinc: It will boost your immune system and you will fight different bacteria that can cause infection and oral diseases.
  • Coenzume Q10: It will renew your cells and it will help you to grow back your receding gums.