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Why are my gums receding?

Jan 20, 2022

Have you ever wondered what causes receding gums? Gum recession happens slowly over time and many people do not even notice until it is too late. It is only when the gaps between teeth get bigger, that it becomes a cause for alarm, with the realisation that something is wrong with your gums. So what’s the best treatment for receding gums?


The Causes and Symptoms of Receding Gums

Causes of Receding Gums 

There are many reasons for receding gums:

  • Poor dental hygiene

    Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to plaque buildup and tartar. This type of buildup can cause gingivitis and receding gums.


  • Overly strong toothbrush bristles and wrong tooth brushing technique

    Overly aggressive tooth brushing or brushing teeth in the wrong way may wear away the enamel on your teeth,  causing the gums to recede.


  • Gum disease

    The most common cause of receding gums is periodontal disease, which may begin as gingivitis and progress to the serious stages of gum disease. Gum disease causes infection under the gums, and it can destroy not only gum tissue but also the supporting bone that keeps teeth in place. Approximately 75% of adult population have some type of gum disease, increasing their risk of receding gums.


  • Smoking

    Smoking is not only bad for your overall health but it is also bad for your dental health. It also decreases your immune system and making it tougher for your body to fight off gum infections. If you already have periodontal disease and receding gums, smoking will increase and prolong the damage to your gums. According to the report, smokers have twice the risk of gum disease, and the longer they smoke, the higher that risk becomes.


  • Genetics

  • As with many other health conditions, certain people are genetically predisposed to receding gums. In fact, nearly 30% of the population may be susceptible to gum disease. So, preventive measures are especially important.


  • Clenching and grinding your teeth

    Clenching and grinding your teeth, a condition known bruxism, puts extreme force on your teeth, which may cause enamel to weaken and for your gums to recede.


  • Lack of vitamin C

    Vitamin C deficiency can cause poor oral health, including receding gums.

  • Hormonal changes

    Some medications, like birth control, can affect hormones in your body that also affect your gum health. High amounts of progesterone, for example, can cause swollen gums, gum irritation and even gingivitis.


Signs of Receding Gums


Here are some symptoms of receding gums:

  • Sensitive teeth and gums


  • The teeth appear longer


  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing


  • Shaky teeth


  • Red, swollen gums


  • Pain at the gum line



How does gum disease cause receding gums? 

Untreated and chronic gum disease causes inflammation in the bones holding the teeth in place, and bacteria in the mouth will also make this worse. This gradually causes bone loss, until there is no other option than extracting the entire tooth.

The thought of losing our teeth is very scary! But what can we do if our gums have already begun to recede? Is it too late?


How do you treat receding gums?

First, take an inventory of your oral hygiene process. There are four “must have” gadgets in your bathroom to prevent receding gums:


  1. A good soft toothbrush (an electric toothbrush is best)
  2. The right toothpaste (Oral Botanica Classic is 100% organic and eliminates mouth bacteria naturally)
  3. Dental floss
  4. An interdental brush (tiny brush to clean in between teeth)


First, floss in between your teeth and use the interdental brush to remove the food debris.

Next, brush your teeth!


What’s the best way to brush your teeth?

Hold your soft toothbrush at a 90-degree angle to your teeth and gently brush in circular motions to massage the gum line. Don’t brush too hard or you can make your gums recede further.

What’s the best way to brush your teeth?


Can receding gums be stopped?

The short answer is YES!

Many customers have been using Oral Botanica and confirmed again and again that Oral Botanica helps to stop the receding gums.  If your receding gums are caused by bacteria in the mouth, then Oral Botanica can even reverse this. If your receding gums are caused by nutritional deficiency, Oral Botanica will help to slow down or stop the gums from receding further. The potent ingredients in Oral Botanica will heal the gum inflammation and promote cell repair and regeneration.


How can I regrow my receding gums?

Most dentists will tell us that there is no way we can regrow the receding gums. But the truth is, it is possible to regrow the gums to a certain degree when you take action fast and don’t delay treatment for too long. Some essential oils and the right nutrition, especially a diet high in collagen and calcium will help to reverse gum disease. Oral Botanica helps to regrow the receding gums by first eliminating the bacteria, then healing the wound. When the gums are healed, they can slowly regenerate themselves to some degree. However, they will not regrow completely.


Essential oils to stop receding gums ?

Many scientific studies support the use of essential oils to stop receding gums. The chemical constituents of essential oils are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory,  with wonderful healing powers. Based on this research, Oral Botanica was developed using the most effective and powerful essential oils to treat gum issues.


How to Apply Essential Oils for Receding Gums? 

Essential oils are very potent and it can be damaging if you choose the wrong one and the wrong dosage. Applying essential oils directly on the gums, as a receding gums treatment, should be avoided as it can be irritating. Also be sure  he essential oils you are using are organic and food grade.


What kind of nutrition helps receding gums?

You’d think that your gums and what you eat aren’t related. But, think again! Our body is interconnected so, for example, when our body lacks calcium, it will use the calcium stored in our gums, weakening them and making them recede.

Which supplements do you need to take to stop or even reverse receding gums?

With so many supplements flooding the market, it is not easy to discover the best option for our gums. Let’s open up, say “Ahhh and explore this subject more:

Your body needs a long list of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and carbohydrates to stay healthy. Every cell of your body, including the cells in the mouth, needs these nutrients to function well. This is even more crucial as part of your receding gums treatment.

A healthy diet and good nutrition benefit your mouth by:

  • Building tooth enamel
  • Preventing tooth break-down
  • Fortifying the immune system
  • Nourishing the mouth’s mucous membranes so the mouth can defend itself and heal rapidly
  • Promoting saliva production, which is critical for oral health.

Many assume that if they eat organic whole foods their mouth and overall health will be just fine. Unfortunately, this is not the case. An organic diet may not deliver all the nutrients needed to meet your body’s demands. You may also need to take nutritional supplements.


What kind of nutrition helps receding gums?


Receding gums treatment 

We all need a foundational nutrition plan that includes a diet of:

  • healthy proteins
  • complex carbohydrates
  • essential fatty acids (including linolenic and alpha-linoleic acids which can be found in Activated Black Seed Oil)
  • plenty of vegetables

Most of us also need to take supplements, including a multi-vitamin/mineral and a probiotic. If you want to improve your oral health, then these nutritional recommendations are even more crucial for you.


12 Best Vitamins and Supplements for Receding Gums 

For oral health, the following nutrients are highly recommended for receding gums treatment:

  • B vitamins
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Vitamins A, C, D, E (in pumpkin seed oil), K12
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Activated Black Seed Oil
  • Phosphorous
  • Zinc


Which vitamins and minerals are important for gum diseases?

Vitamins D and A: maintain healthy tooth enamel

Calcium and other minerals: build teeth and keep them strong

Vitamins D and K: help teeth to form

Folate (the synthetic version is called “folic acid”): protects you against severe gum disease.

Low levels of protein, iron or zinc can have a negative impact on your oral care, slowing down saliva production and leaving the mouth defenceless against infection.

If you don’t take enough B vitamins, the lining of the mouth and tongue can become inflamed, leading to a burning sensation on your tongue and a greater risk of mouth infection.

Vitamins and minerals are also powerful antioxidants (CoQ10, Vitamins A, D, E and C, for example). These work like a suit of armour for the mouth and protect it from the dangers of smoking and alcohol.

CoQ10 is a standout nutritional mineral for oral health. Along with Vitamin C, it can reduce gingivitis and bleeding gums. Studies show that people with gum disease and bleeding gums tend to have low levels of CoQ10 in their gums.

You can deliver these nutrients directly to teeth and gums by taking a supplement high in linolenic and alpha-linoleic acids and by using the right toothpaste such as Oral Botanica Classic. The carefully calibrated combination of organic ingredients in Oral Botanica Classic helps to boost the production of saliva and defend your mouth against damaging bacteria.


Preventing receding gums

The first important factor in receding gums treatment is excellent oral hygiene. Choosing the right toothpaste and correct brushing are key to maintaining healthy gums and reducing the risk of gingivitis.

Second, the food we eat is another factor.  We know that we are what we eat. If you fuel yourself with a diet of junk food, fast food or lots of packaged food, it’s hard to find the level of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids that your body craves for good health.

If you don’t eat the rainbow of vegetables, you may be malnourished.

Green: leafy greens, avocado, broccoli

Red: tomatoes, peppers

Orange: carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes

Yellow: corn, squash, yellow peppers

Blue/purple: beetroot, eggplant, purple carrots

And on top of this, chronic illness and stress can also sap your body of vital nutrients.

If you suspect that you have a weak nutritional foundation, it’s a good idea to see your doctor or a dietician who can test the level of nutrients in your blood and give you an eating plan to replenish and recharge your system with diet and supplements.

Watch your nutrition and treat your receding gums with Oral Botanica Classic and you won’t need to be afraid. If you know how to treat your receding gums you won’t need to worry about false teeth in your future!

Your overall health, your oral health — your gums and your teeth — depend on it. And that’s something to smile about.

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