Many are concerned with gum recession, as it has been previously associated with jaw bone loss. If you see symptoms of gum recession, it is best to go to the dentist immediately as this can signal more problems in your oral health. Don’t downplay the condition by thinking that simple brushing and flossing could resolve the problem – as they really aren’t the solutions.
When an individual excessively brushes his or her teeth or has unbalanced mouth chemistry, gum recession usually occurs. This is why brushing and flossing more would only make things worse.
Pellicle is a smooth, slippery and slick film that covers the gums and teeth, protecting them from damage caused by strong spices, scratchy and acidic food and drinks, as well as the hot and cold. If the pellicle is damaged by harsh products and food, the gums will recede. With the pellicle damaged, our teeth are open and exposed to sensitivity, stain and erosion.
The pellicle is often damaged by acidic substances, and combined with periods of dry mouth or poor saliva production, it can frizzle and fray. If you sleep with your mouth open, then you may be pellicle-deficient – hence explaining why gum recession is common among the elderly. However, the younger generations are not exempt from gum recession either – the acidity from energy drinks and soda, the use of whitening products as well as allergy medications can damage the pellicle and make the teeth unprotected from damage.
Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and bleaching or whitening strips are the common causes of pellicle damage, leaving teeth sensitive where it meets the gums. As mentioned, flossing and brushing more than necessary will only worsen the condition, because it also erodes tooth enamel – leaving the teeth more exposed to damage. Our teeth need nurturing and protection in order to rebuild the pellicle. Hence, correct mouth care and not adding to the problem by using abrasive products is essential to prevent gum recession.
8 Ways to Stop Your Gums from Receding
- If brushing and flossing aren’t the solutions, then what is?
- Every morning upon waking up, create a mixture of 1 teaspoon xylitol dissolved in a glass of water. Xylitol is known to help bring back lost nutrients to the teeth, while helping stimulate saliva production to wash away bacteria.
- Don’t floss as often as you used to
- Choose dental products that are gentler on the teeth. Go for toothbrushes with softer bristles and do not use products that contain abrasive chemicals such as baking soda
- Take sugar free mints or gum that contains xylitol after meals. If you finish the meal with cheese, then there is no need to do this
- Use probiotics or dairy products such as yogurt to help your digestive health
- Take immune-boosting supplements
- Limit your juice, tea and soda intake
- Have healthy meals – have more green leafy vegetables to help the body’s alkalinity to improve the saliva’s acid-fighting properties