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Do you suffer from receding gums? Not only does it make your smile less attractive, but it can also lead to bleeding gums, cavities and even increase your risk of heart disease. But can you fix receding gums yourself, and if so, how?
The most common cause of receding gums is gum inflammation. Inflammation has many causes, including poor oral hygiene, tartar and poor diet. Fortunately, that also means you can prevent receding gums yourself.
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The main symptom is tooth sensitivity. This can be a single tooth or several teeth at once. You may also notice that a tooth seems to be getting longer or that there is a notch where your gums meet the tooth.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a good toothpaste and toothbrush. Brush long enough for the active ingredients in the toothpaste to do their job, at least two minutes each time. Replace it when it wears out or switch to an electric toothbrush for better cleaning.
A receding gums cause is the growth of harmful bacteria in your mouth, which are stimulated by certain foods. So eliminate these from your diet. Eat less sugar and artificial sweeteners and eat raw vegetables for natural cleaning of your teeth.
As well as brushing your teeth, before you brush your teeth, clean the spaces between them. Floss, stoke or rag. Find out how to floss or stone first or ask your dental hygienist or dentist for advice.
If your symptoms do not diminish despite better brushing and flossing, contact your dentist. He or she will advise you on how to further combat gum recession.
Eating healthier will make you healthier, allowing your body to better fight the infection in your gums. Eat an unpeeled apple every day to not only benefit from the vitamins and antioxidants, but also clean your teeth.
Oil pulling involves rinsing your mouth with oil. This oil fights the harmful bacteria in your mouth. This way, you let receding gums recover. Use coconut oil or sesame oil for best results.
A toothbrush that is too hard damages your gums. Therefore, replace it with a softer toothbrush that massages your gums.
Even in the case of receding gums, prevention is better than cure. You can prevent gum recession with good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth with a good toothbrush, such as an electric one or one made of bamboo, and floss before brushing with dental floss or a water flosser, or ask your dentist for advice.
Frequently asked questions
What can I do myself against gum recession?
Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush thoroughly with a good toothbrush and toothpaste. Before brushing, clean the space between your teeth by flossing. In addition, clean your mouth extra by regularly applying oil pulling.
How can I prevent worse gum recession?
The best way to prevent worsening gum recession is to talk to your dentist. He or she can determine what is causing your gum recession and recommend what to do about it. You can take care of good oral hygiene and a healthy diet yourself.
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