How to Treat Pyorrhoea (Bleeding Gums) Naturally
Out of 10 adults at least 2 or 3 suffer from gum recession that increases with age. Gum recession affects your smile the most and people often become sensitive and avoid smiling openly. Generally the higher count of Gum recession remains at the side of the older age group. This condition can be the result of some poor hygiene habits or simply due to trauma. The gum recession otherwise is found in both types of persons : those who maintain good oral hygiene and others who do not maintain oral hygiene. In this article we will discuss the gum recession in detail and also some Ayurvedic formulations that can help in this situation.
So let’s start with the definition of Gum recession. Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue which surrounds the teeth wears away or pulls back. This results in exposing more teeth or tooth’s roots. When this recession occurs pockets or the gaps form between the teeth and gum line. This gap or pockets gives chance to bacteria or other infective agents to build up or accumulate. If no action is taken then the supporting tissue and also the bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged. This will lead to tooth loss. Once the tooth is lost implants are the only way out.
Now moving forward, we will look into causes and symptoms of gum recession
Causes of Gum recession
- As now we know that receding gums is the damage to the soft pink tissue surrounding the teeth. This recession is the result of poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease.
- Physical wear of gums and inflammation of the tissue are the chief reasons for recession. Physical wear of gums include reasons like vigorous brushing of teeth, or using hard bristles brush. Even over brushing is also a reason for physical wear of gums even while dental hygiene might be good.
- Some populations are prone to gum recession due to inherited factors. The factors include the position of teeth and gum thickness.
- Other physical factors that may push back the gums include lip or tongue piercing, misaligned teeth and damage to the dental denture due to inflammation.
- Inflammatory conditions like gingivitis and periodontitis can lead to inflammation of gums.
If understood from the angle of Ayurveda then this condition is the result of dushti of rakata, kapha and pitta dosha. Dushti of these three causes recurrent inflammation and de inflammation of tissues causing gap or cavities due to tissue shrinking.
Symptoms of gum recession
The symptoms of gum recession are really common and when someone is undergoing these changes he or she might not know initially that they are entering in the gum recession phase. The symptoms are as follows:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold substances
- Tooth appear longer and space increases between gums
- Bleeding from the tooth root after brushing or flossing
- Red and swollen gums
- The teeth might get loosen
- Bad breath
At risk population for Gum Recession
- The top one in this list is age. Increasing age is the key risk factor for gum recession. About 88 % of the people with older age are facing a recession of gums. Especially the ones older than 65 years.
- People who smoke and use tobacco products also face an increased risk of gum recession.
- Genetics is one another factor. The people who have thin or weak gums can pass the characteristics via their genes.
- Obviously the people with poor dental hygiene or harsh dental hygiene are also at risk.
- Population with diabetes is at a huge risk for gum recession
Diagnosis of gum recession
The gum recession and other types of periodontal disease are diagnosed by the dentist. A physical examination of your entire oral cavity is done. A probe is used to measure gum pockets. This probe is a process that uses a small painless ruler. Even the national institute of dental health and craniofacial research has mentioned that the normal pocket size range is between 1 to 3 millimetres. Anything which is large is a sign of gum disease.
Treatment of Gum recession
In the modern medication system, the periodontist can determine the best course of treatment to save your gum tissue and also your teeth. In case of infection in the gums antibiotics are given. Other medications like antibiotic gel for topical application are given, some antiseptic chips are also given, antimicrobial mouthwash are prescribed and some enzyme suppressants are also given.
If the gum recession is worse than may be a surgery is guided. The most common type of surgery includes flat surgery and grafting. Here, flat surgery is preferred when deep tissue cleansing is required and grafting is done to revive either gum tissues or the bones.
Gum recession in Ayurveda
Gum recession in Ayurveda aforementioned is correlated with the dushti of rakta that is blood, kapha (potential energy of the body) and pitta (thermal energy of the body). The herbal preparations help in purification of rakta and also help in the pacification of pitta and kapha dosha. Moreover, Ayurveda believe in nidan parivarjan is the first step towards the treatment of any condition. So, avoiding factors responsible for gum recession are also to be considered. In gum recession brushing harshly or brushing with hard bristles brush or excessive brushing is to be stopped. Also smoking etc. are also to be stopped as they also lead to gum recession after vitiation of dosha as well.
Herbal formulations by Planet Ayurveda for Gum Recession
Planet Ayurveda is an ISO certified company who deals with the production of different types of herbal products. The products which are manufactured are in the form of tablets, capsules, syrups, decoctions, jams and others. Every product or formulation is prepared with potent and essential herbs. Certain formulations are also manufactured using minerals too. The products are totally herbal and do not have any side effects. In gum recession following are the formulations offered by Planet Ayurveda:
- Gum Care powder
- Arjun saar
- Coral calcium complex
- Irimedadi Oil
1. Gum Care powder
Gum care powder is a very effective preparation that helps in keeping the health of gums and teeth intact. The powder has herbs like Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Mustak (Cyperus rotundus), Khadir (Acacia catechu) and many others. The gum care powder is a combination of some very excellent herbs which show very great results in preventing gum recession. The powder is to be rubbed over the gums or can be brushed gently as well. This helps in reducing the recurrent inflammation present in these conditions and also has its impact on supporting gum health. As in recession there is shrinking of gum tissue but with help of gum care powder all these things can be excellently managed.
How to apply: The powder is to be taken in around 4 grams of quantity and then is rubbed well over the gums and teeth gently. Then the mouth is rinsed with lukewarm water after 2-3 minutes.
2. Arjun saar
Arjun saar is Planet Ayurveda’s patent product and does not contain arjun (Terminalia Arjuna) alone but also has amla (Emblica officinalis) in it. Both of these herbs have a great effect for maintaining the health of the oral cavity. The Arjun saar promotes proper and effective cleansing of the entire buccal cavity and also the spaces in between the teeth. In gum recession arjun saar works by controlling the sensitivity and stops bleeding in case present. Moreover, Arjun is known for its healing effects as well. The formulation has its role in decreasing the shootha as well. It is herb mentioned in classicals to be of great use in talu roga as well. Arjun is known to pacify tridosha as well. It also has its impact on plaque and tartar which can build up in between the spaces or gap or pits thus preventing various types of infections.
How to use: After using gum care powder, take two tsp of arjun saar in mouth and start moving it back and forth for 10-15 minutes. Spit it out and rinse with lukewarm water.
3. Coral calcium complex
The coral calcium complex is an Ayurvedic and natural calcium supplementation. The coral calcium complex has praval pishti (coral), akik pishti (agate), jawar mohra pishti, kamdudha ras, mukta pishti (pearl) and guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) as its ingredients. The content of this formulation makes it a very important composition for maintaining health of bones and enhances the teeth quality. As the ingredients are having cold potency the product effectively pacifies pitta dosha as well. In this case all of these ingredients help in the purification of blood. Coral calcium complex is a very great and effective product by Planet Ayurveda. It is totally natural and is free from preservatives, dyes, additives or aduterants.
Dosage: One capsule twice daily after meals with lukewarm water.
4. Irimedadi Oil
Irimedadi oil is a special preparation only for oral cavities related conditions. The irimedadi oil has ingredients like Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Til oil (Sesamum inidicum), Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) and many other ingredients. The irimed is basically the synonym of Khadir. The key ingredient of this preparation is khadir and khadir is known to eradicate any condition associated with the oral cavity. In addition the oil helps in the improvement of teeth health, if it is used regularly for oil pulling. The formulation can be used by any age group and gives very impressive results in dental caries. In case of gum recession the formulation works by nourishing the gums, purifies the localised gaps or pits or cavities and thus gives effective results.
How to use: One tablespoon of oil is taken in the mouth and is moved back and forth. The oil pulling has to be done using Arjun saar. After using Arjun saar, oil pulling is done for 10-15 minutes and then is spit out. Mouth is rinsed after with sindhav lavan mixed in lukewarm water. After this you can continue your normal brushing but the brushing should be gentle and the brush bristles should be soft.
Problems like gum recession are becoming more common nowadays. Though it’s not a big health concern but can make a person sensitive about his or her looks. People wear smiles whenever they want to greet anyone as it’s a way of expressing but what if that smile is not beautiful anymore. That is the pain of a person who suffers from gum recession. Aforementioned it can be painful as well if a person develops infections, excessive plaque resulting in cavities etc. The herbal products mentioned above are totally safe in this condition and also successfully helps in recession. In case of any queries regarding Gum recession kindly visit www.planetayurveda.com
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