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How do I stop my gums from receding?

post #1 of 88
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I went to the dentist on Tuesday for the first time in 4 years. No insurance so I kept putting it off. Until Monday night when I noticed a dark colored spot on a tooth along my gumline. It also showed signs of sensitivity.

So I went to the dentist and he said it's b/c my gums are receding. Which he'd made some mention of this at my last visit. Apparently b/c of all of the teeth grinding that I do at night he thinks my gums are further receding since my last visit. Typically I have been wearing my "Doctor's Night Guard." However, overall in the last 4 years I haven't been very faithful.

The dentist said sometimes gums receding can be from a lack of vitamin C. But I take a quality multi-vitamin and I drink my orange juice?! Any ideas what I can do to squelch any further receding damage??
post #2 of 88
Sometimes if you brush too hard it can make your gums recede. And not flossing can irritate gums. So maybe try to brush gently and floss regularly if you aren't already. Xylitol gum may help too since it makes your mouth alkaline and reduces bacteria in the mouth.
post #3 of 88
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I am probably guilty of brushing too hard....
post #4 of 88
Yes, you need to get a really soft brush. Look for one that says extra soft on it. And I agree with doing the xylitol. You might want to look at this page about dental care too: http://askdrellie.blogspot.com/searc...eceding%20gums This dentist promotes a system using 3 different rinses and chewing xylitol gum and she says it can help receding gums.

And I don't know if it's an option for you with no insurance, but my gums were receding and my dentist put some kind of bonding material on the parts of my teeth closest to the gumline, I guess to protect them?
post #5 of 88
I have this problem too here's what i recommend you do:

Never brush or swish with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide in the mouth-baking soda wears away gums its too akaline

Never brush with toothpaste, toothpaste contains abrasives like baking soda, silica, calcium carbonate, and salt which wear away enamel and gums

brush your teeth with toothsoap plain water or dip brush in salt water
toothsoap is non abrasive

I recommend you brush with the softest toothbrush you can find gently once per day and swish with sea salt fully dissolved in water

Uncle harrys makes a herbal formula for receding gums and a good toothsoap
i bought radius childrens toothbrush its very soft you might want to look at what baby toothbrushes you can find-they are often softer or use a silicon baby tooth brush
post #6 of 88
I had this problem too. This is how I dealt with it:

Wear your nightguard religously. Seriously. Apart from the dental issues, you will sleep SO much better, and wake up without the headaches that tooth grinding can cause.

Floss daily. Do not skip.

Buy an electric toothbrush like an Oral B that brushes in a circular motion, instead of using a manual brush in an up and down motion.

Good luck!
post #7 of 88
My sister in law had this issue and her dentist told her to stay away from mint of any kind as it can irritate the gums. He also told her to rub coconut oil on her gums.
post #8 of 88
Interesting. I wonder how coconut oil helps the gums. I'm going to try it. We have a lot of coconut oil around the house and my gums have receded a bit thanks to overzealous brushing.
post #9 of 88
Thread Starter 
Wonderful suggestions! Here could be another big problem....my tooth powder that I've been using. It's from Eco-Dent and basically all it is is baking soda and calcium carbonate. Very abrasive to my gums! Ach!

Looks like I need to go shopping for something different!
post #10 of 88
eat better
post #11 of 88
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Originally Posted by dayne201 View Post
eat better
What do you mean? I think I do eat pretty healthy!!
post #12 of 88
I was told I was brushing to aggressivly. I had sharp seering pain, it was at that crazy point of me just wanting to lay down and cry/die. Actually I was having pain that resembled ear infection and sinus infection in addition to the tooth aches.

He painted 'something' on the exposed parts of my gum/teeth, boy it was bitter, tingly, numbing, but it helped.

I went out bought a tube of sensodyne toothpaste - I know it's probably not under the 'natural' brands but have been using it for anout 6 months now. I have a cleaning in a couple of weeks and I will see what he says about my gum health.
post #13 of 88
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I was just researching the Dr. Ellie's Zellies products and what she recommends. I think it sounds like she has the right idea about WHY it happens amongst other things, but I must admit I am disappointed that she recommends things like Crest which has sodium laureth sulfate in it. Plus she recommends flouride. Which is something my dentist recommended as well, but still....
post #14 of 88
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I decided to go with the Uncle Harry's system. I ordered the tooth powder, breath freshener spray, dental gum, mouthwash miracle and the kids toothpaste. I'll give a review when they arrive!
post #15 of 88
hi,
sorry about the eat better thing, but a nutrient dense diet is crucial for oral health. I could be wrong, but you may not be getting enough vitamin-c. This vitamin builds for collagen; collagen builds gum tissue (receding gums means gum degeneration). Try supplementation. A dirt cheap supplement is vitamin c powder (ascorbic acid) mixed with baking soda for sodium ascorbate.
post #16 of 88
I have been following this post thread for a long time, and was looking to see what others have to say, and I want to offer what I did to make my gums stop receeding:

-I tried uncle harrys approach, with bits of sucess. I still take Camu Cmau powder which is a must for gums. I take 2 tsp a day.

-I went to a dowser to find out all my food sensitivities, and I saw drastic improvemnts from elliminating those bad foods. I also noticed that when I have a yeast infection flare up, my gums are bad to. Do you have any yeast issues?

-I never eat anything prosessed such as sugar, white flour, etc..

-I eat raw veggies and an apple throughout the day to strengthen my gums. And I try to eat a salad too.

-Brush with Uncle Harrys tooth powder and/or Dr Christophers (herbsfirts.com) tooth powder (I prefer this stuff and only use uncle harrys once a week)

- I tried Tooth Soap, and I hated it. It made my gums worse! The Soap had gone rancid twice!!! Never again.

-I am not for xylitol. Sorry to those who love it.

-Get enough calcium and magnesium (I get mine from herb infusion, raw yogurt, greens, and Natural Calm Calcium.)

-Floss! I tried a water pik, and I stopped using it since it was such a pain. When I stopped, I didn't see any changes for worse, or good. Least I could say I tried that.

-And the number one key to stopping and healing receeding gums is: Use the Edgar Cayce formula called Ioxan. Swish with it every day. This is a must, must, must! If you don't do this, just forget everthing else. Using this stuff is amazing.

Now my gums are a light pink color, and firm, and not tender anymore. No more bleeding while flossing. I had dealt with gum issues for along time, and I am actually better. So there is light at the end of the rainbow!
post #17 of 88
Thread Starter 
bluebirdmama1--is this the stuff you were referring to?

http://www.baar.com/Merchant2/mercha...oduct_Code=772

Thank you for your advice/tips!

dayne201--no problem about the healthy eating comment; I just wanted to know what you meant. My dentist had mentioned the vitamin C as well. This is a vitamin that a person can't overdose on, correct? Like my body will flush out what isn't needed?
post #18 of 88
Thread Starter 
Also wanted to mention that I don't have any yeast problems that I'm aware of.

What's a dowser?
post #19 of 88
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Originally Posted by oneotamama View Post
bluebirdmama1--is this the stuff you were referring to?

http://www.baar.com/Merchant2/mercha...oduct_Code=772

Thank you for your advice/tips!

dayne201--no problem about the healthy eating comment; I just wanted to know what you meant. My dentist had mentioned the vitamin C as well. This is a vitamin that a person can't overdose on, correct? Like my body will flush out what isn't needed?
yes, that is the stuff.

It is pretty hard to overdose on vitamin C. I use Camu Camu because it is all natural not just ascorbic acid which is incomplete vit C. The reason camu camu works so well is because it has all the bioflavoniods too. It is pricey on uncle harrys site, but I found it on ebay really cheap.
post #20 of 88
Thread Starter 
Do you feel that the powder camu camu is better than say the capsules? I see it's also available as a liquid. So many choices!!!
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