Home and Natural Remedies for Receding Gums
Our gums are very prone to inflammation. So maintaining gum health should be a priority. There are various gum disorders like gingivitis (inflammation of gums), periodontitis. Periodontitis is a serious gum disease in which a person’s soft tissues of the gums are damaged which inturn destroys the bones that support the teeth that loosens the tooth. Periodontitis is the stage next to gingivitis. Gum recession is another type of gum problem in which the gum tissues are pulled away, exposing the roots of the teeth underneath. There are numerous factors responsible for gum recession like genetics, smoking, aggressive brushing etc. So here we shall be discussing the gum recession and its herbal management.
Gum recession is a type of gum disease. It is a gum condition in which the gums pull off and lead the tooth surface exposed and roots of the tooth as well that makes the tooth more prone to cavities. It will create gaps between teeth and gum that make space for the bacterial invasion. That may lead to serious gum infections. These may result from poor dental hygiene.
CAUSES OF TOOTH RECESSION
- Prolonged smoking
- Over aggressive brushing
- Hereditary , family history of gum diseases, thin fragile teeth
- Hardening of the plaque
- Poor dental flossing
- Vitamin C deficiency (scurvy)
- Tobacco eating habit
- Overcrowding of teeth
- Piercing of lip or tongue that me lead to recession due to friction
- Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy
- Topical antibiotics
- Dental bonding
- Gum graft surgery
AYURVEDIC ASPECT AND MANAGEMENT OF GUM RECESSION
Ayurveda is a natural system of medicine existing from more than 3000 years which believes in healing. Ayurveda manages the ailments by purification of body and mind through herbal remedies, diet, therapeutic massage, yoga and meditation.
In ayurveda due to aggressive brushing that is agatha (injury) the vata dosha is vitiated causing the symptoms of receding gums. This condition in Ayurveda is called as Dantvaidharbha by our acharyas. It is a dantmoolgat vyadhi (disease of gums). It gives features like sarambh (swelling) and chala danta (loosening of teeth). Vitiation of vata dosha inturn vitiates pitta and rakta in the oral region which leads to bleeding of gums as well.
Management involves various herbs of katu (pungent), tikta (bitter), kashaye (astringent) rasa like khadir (Acacia catechu), irimeda (Acacia farnesiana), mushtak (cyperus rotundus), clove (Syzygium aromaticum)and many other herbs. Classical Ayurvedic text explained various herbal preparation like dashan sanskar churan, irimedadi oil, oil pulling (gandhoosh), sheet nasya (nasal oil), cold application , pratisaran (sprinkle of herbal powders) for the effective management of dental recession.
- Gently brushing teeth using soft bristles toothbrush
- Brushing twice a day regularly
- Regular dental flossing
- Avoid eating tobacco
- Stop smoking
- Using antimicrobial mouthwash
Classical Ayurvedic text has explained two procedures kaval and gadhoosh to be included in everyday regime (dincharya) for strong teeth and oral health. In kaval gargling with herbal kalk (paste) is done for 1 min and spitting it out. On the other hand, gandhoosh is filling the mouth with herbal decoction or oil and holding it for 2-3 min.
CERTAIN HOME REMEDIES
- Gargling with salt water with a pinch of turmeric
- Drinking green tea as it is an antioxidant
- Having omega 3 fatty acids (fish, nuts or seeds)
- Oil pulling with coconut oil or sesame oil
- Applying aloe vera, turmeric gel
- Using clove oil, eucalyptus oil
- Vitamin C supplements
HERBAL REMEDIES FOR GUM RECESSION BY PLANET AYURVEDA
Planet Ayurveda is a herbal manufacturing unit and is a renowned GMP certified company. Products prepared by Planet Ayurveda are 100% pure, herbal, vegetarian and natural supplements formulated under the supervision of MD experts. Formulation are in the form of vatis (tablets), churan (powder), liquids, jams, capsules.With the goodness of herbs Planet Ayurveda has formulated many formulations for the Ayurvedic management of polycystic ovarian disorder.All the herbs formulated under the guidance of Ayurvedic Context.These herbs are pure and unadulterated.All these herbal remedies are free from preservatives, additives and chemicals.
GUM CARE PACK
- Gum Care Powder
- Coral Calcium Complex
- Arjun Saar
- Irimedadi Oil
1. Gum Care Powder
Gum care powder is a product of Planet Ayurveda formed with the quality herbs that strengthens the oral health. The herbs include shunthi (Gingiber officinale), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), mushtak (cyperus rotundus), khadir (Acacia catechu), kapoor (cinnamomum camphora), lavang (syzygium aromaticum), alum (safatika) and many others. All these herbs work together to heal the gums and stop bleeding. All the herbs present are kattu (pungent), tikta (bitter) and kashaya (astringent) in taste. It potently manages receding gums.
Usage : Massage teeth and gums gently with 3-6 gm powder. Rinse the mouth with lukewarm water after 2-3 minutes.
2. Coral Calcium Complex
Coral calcium complex is a product of Planet Ayurveda which is a natural source of calcium. It is amalgam of various herbs and minerals like praval pishti (coral), akik pishti (Agate), jawahar mohra pishti, kamdudha ras, mukta pishti, guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia). Calcium helps in strengthening bones and teeth and also prevents gum disease.
Dosage : 1 capsule twice daily, after meals with plain water.
3. Arjun Saar
It is a herbal preparation of Planet Ayurveda. It contains natural juices of herbs like Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) and Amla (Indian gooseberry).Ambla is the best source of vitamin C that possesses healing properties. Arjuna on the other hand is a kashaya rasa (astringent) herb that reduces bleeding and also heals. Hence arjuna saar is a potent formulation for receding gums.
Dosage : 1 capsule twice daily, after meals with plain water.
4. Irimedadi oil
Irimedadi oil is the classical ayurvedic formulation prepared from various natural herbs. It includes irimeda(Acacia farnesiana), Khadir (Acacia catechu), manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), til tailam (sesame oil), clove (Syzygium aromaticum). It is a magical formulation for all types of gum or dental problems. It has antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti inflammatory, astringent activities.
Dosage/Uses – For local application.
Our eating habits and lifestyle brings so much oral hygiene issues. Proper dental hygiene should be our first priority. Dental problems lead to ineffective chewing which can cause improper digestion. Furthermore, improper diet and nutritional deficiencies also adds to the list of causes. Ortal health problems like inflammation of gum, bleeding gums, gum recession etc. Gum recession is pulling of the gum tissue due to aggressive brushing, smoking etc following loosening of teeth. In Ayurveda this condition is related to dantvaidharbh which explains symptoms like swelling, bleeding and loosening of teeth. Planet Ayurveda has formulated a gum care pack for maintaining proper dental health and having strong gums and teeth.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan
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