If you are worried about the health of your jawbones and mouth, it can be frightening to see receding gums. 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–these tend to be ineffective and might actually hurt your mouth further if you are not brushing properly. If you brush your teeth too excessively or you have unbalanced mouth chemistry, gum recession might be a problem to worry about.
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, the teeth are open and exposed to sensitivity, stain and erosion.
Causes of pellicle damage. The pellicle is often damaged by acidic substances, and if combined with periods of dry mouth or poor saliva production the pellicle could become frayed. If you sleep with your mouth open, then you may be pellicle-deficient in the future as is common in 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, and even allergy medications can damage the pellicle and make the teeth unprotected from damage.
Solutions to pellicle damage. Since your receding gums cannot be treated simply by brushing your teeth better, try the following:
- 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.
- Contact your dentist to see if you should alter how often you brush and floss your teeth.
- 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.
- Chew sugar free mints or gum that contains xylitol after meals.
- Use probiotics or dairy products such as yogurt to help your digestive health.
- Take immune-boosting supplements.
- Limit your juice, tea and soda intake (high-sugar or acidic drinks).
- Eat healthy meals–leafy greens can help impact whether or not you produce enough saliva.
Contact us today if you are worried about receding gums and if you need more help dealing with the loss of pellicle. We are here to help!