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Anyone here cured or stopped gum recession?

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Created July 24, 2011 at 3:38 AM

There are couple of teeth-related posts but nothing regarding gum recession without any other dental issues. Especially interested in gum recession in lower front teeth. If someone has a good story to share that would be great. Thanks.

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154 · February 06, 2013 at 12:51 PM

You do oil pulling before brushing or just on it's own (so brushing is not necessary)

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341 · July 25, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. I am still puzzled re my gums. I first noticed gum recession when I transitioned from low-fat "healthy" way to paleo. I'm feeling much better that before except the gums. I think I have excellent immune system, don't get any colds/infections and various supplements mentioned here do not appear to have any effect. Using extra soft brush and up-down moves. I'll keep searching.

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919 · July 25, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Glither, it is so effective in reducing plaque buildup that over 3 months the plaque has entirely vanished. All my other brushing, flossing routines have remained the same, so it can only be down to oil pulling. Will experiment with other oils.

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2028 · July 25, 2011 at 9:25 AM

I had the same issue with brushing too hard/in the wrong direction too. My problems with my gums stopped when I started using an electric toothbrush instead - that automatically made me brush more gently.

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10502 · July 24, 2011 at 11:48 PM

@aaa -- check out Weston Price's writings on this. I think butter oil & cod liver oil would be worth a shot.

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1457 · July 24, 2011 at 6:23 PM

I have done a little cursory research after your post and keep reading this should be done in the morning on an empty stomach. Why an empty stomach? Also, when do you brush in relation to this? Lastly, I don't generally brush at night, do you know of any reason not to pull at night as well? Thank you

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2640 · July 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM

I oil pull with coconut oil and think it works fantastically well.

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4181 · July 24, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I did try oil pulling for a short time and I think it does help, I don't know if it's a "cure" as I stopped doing it too soon. I have sensitive teeth though, to cold and hot and the oil pulling really seemed to help and generally made my gums feel better. I used olive oil but think I'll start again using coconut.

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4181 · July 24, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I can't say that this was never the case because I don't remember when I was a kid if I brushed too hard but I don't think that's the case in the last several years. I've used a Sonicare toothbrush for at least the last 15 years but I've had periodontal disease since I was in my early 30's and just turned 40. Since my father has had periodontal disease for as long as I can remember it seems to me that it's very possibly a genetic weak link in my family. I do also have an autoimmune disease that I just found out about, no idea how long I've had it and that could be a factor.

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15976 · July 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

wow, I have this a bit, too. Never thought to ask it. rad.

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5796 · July 24, 2011 at 12:39 PM

You could be brushing too hard or in an improper motion (side to side), which are very common causes of receding gums

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597 · July 24, 2011 at 11:54 AM

I'm just as curious about this, because I was always under the impression that gum recession was just one of those things you can't fix. My gums are receding in two spots, where I had the backs of two oral piercings rubbing against my gums.

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3014 · July 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Interesting, Dudley. Maybe I'll try it. I seem to naturally produce kilos of plaque for some reason. Wish I knew why. Do you really see a big difference?

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919 · July 24, 2011 at 8:01 AM

+1 for oil pulling. Sunflower oil is supposed to be the most effective oil for 'pulling', but rice bran oil has been best for me in removing tartar buildup, as well as all other health benefits.

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3014 · July 24, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Some people say that the oil "pulls" toxins from the body, but I think this is woo. I actually came across a university lecturer talking about his research showing that bacteria somehow stuck with the oil and were expelled when you spit it out. A British mouthwash is apparently on the market based on this science. So I figured that it is possible that different oils may attract different bacteria (just conjecture) so I vary between olive, coconut, and untoasted sesame seed oil.

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493 · July 24, 2011 at 5:24 AM

What kind of oil did you use? I tried oil pulling for a month or two but didn't seem to have much benefit from it. I'm sure it's one of those things that takes a long while to actually start working. I just wasn't sure if using olive oil was enough.

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10919 · July 24, 2011 at 4:49 AM

Did you by any chance have a lot of braces work? If the recession isn't due to inflammation it can also be due to having your teeth moved around. My dentist blamed mine on the extensive braces work and pallate expansion and I have had.

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3014 · July 24, 2011 at 4:52 AM

The dentist measured my gum pockets and wanted to do a deep cleaning. I didn't get it done at the time.

In the meantime I get my gums cleaned 3 time a year, ate well, and did oil pulling (you can google it). It's a weird ayurvedic treatment.

A year later she measured again. Except for 2 or 3 teeth, all the pockets were reduced in size. I have no more 7 or 6mm. pockets! The dentist was pretty shocked because these things only get worse. I'm pretty sure it's the oil pulling because when I was on vacation and took a break for a few weeks, my gums started bleeding slightly which they hadn't done for ages.

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3014 · July 24, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Some people say that the oil "pulls" toxins from the body, but I think this is woo. I actually came across a university lecturer talking about his research showing that bacteria somehow stuck with the oil and were expelled when you spit it out. A British mouthwash is apparently on the market based on this science. So I figured that it is possible that different oils may attract different bacteria (just conjecture) so I vary between olive, coconut, and untoasted sesame seed oil.

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493 · July 24, 2011 at 5:24 AM

What kind of oil did you use? I tried oil pulling for a month or two but didn't seem to have much benefit from it. I'm sure it's one of those things that takes a long while to actually start working. I just wasn't sure if using olive oil was enough.

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2640 · July 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM

I oil pull with coconut oil and think it works fantastically well.

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919 · July 24, 2011 at 8:01 AM

+1 for oil pulling. Sunflower oil is supposed to be the most effective oil for 'pulling', but rice bran oil has been best for me in removing tartar buildup, as well as all other health benefits.

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4181 · July 24, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I did try oil pulling for a short time and I think it does help, I don't know if it's a "cure" as I stopped doing it too soon. I have sensitive teeth though, to cold and hot and the oil pulling really seemed to help and generally made my gums feel better. I used olive oil but think I'll start again using coconut.

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3014 · July 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Interesting, Dudley. Maybe I'll try it. I seem to naturally produce kilos of plaque for some reason. Wish I knew why. Do you really see a big difference?

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1457 · July 24, 2011 at 6:23 PM

I have done a little cursory research after your post and keep reading this should be done in the morning on an empty stomach. Why an empty stomach? Also, when do you brush in relation to this? Lastly, I don't generally brush at night, do you know of any reason not to pull at night as well? Thank you

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919 · July 25, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Glither, it is so effective in reducing plaque buildup that over 3 months the plaque has entirely vanished. All my other brushing, flossing routines have remained the same, so it can only be down to oil pulling. Will experiment with other oils.

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20519 · July 24, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Hey, I used this in another post and thought you would find it helpful. I had some recession + a few other issues and these are the maintenance tips I was given to help keep my mouth clean so things could heal:

Genetics and the levels of enzymes your body produce are factors for a healthy mouth. Floss daily. Swish your mouth out really good with water after meals if you can. Anything with a high sugar content is going to increase the production of bacteria, just be aware of what you're eating and drinking, scrub/swish afterwards if you need to. Celery, cheese, kiwi, and green tea will help keep your mouth healthy.

Regarding the celery/cheese/kiwi/green tea:

Kiwi can be used to keep a mouth healthy due to their high levels of vitamin c. If c levels are low the collagen network in gums have the potential to break down, making them more susceptible to gum disease. They're not non-cariogenic, but are in a low cariogenicity category, with berries, but their c level makes them valuable compared to the others.

Now I use these little soft-picks every night by GUM that look like trees instead of flossing. They're amazing. All in all my gums are healthy. Took almost a year, though. Good luck!

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4620 · July 24, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Two major things have helped to stop my gum recession:

  1. Learning how to brush right. No more super hard back and forth motion. Now I do small, light, circular motions (kind of like how an electric toothbrush works).
  2. Getting adequate vitamin C. I started supplementing with 500mg a day, on top of lots of C rich foods like broccoli and strawberries.

Other things that may have helped: oil pulling, flossing a few times a week, going paleo, becoming replete in pretty much every nutrient.

ETA: Oh also, sweet, hard fruits like apples and pears really seemed to aggravate the receding gums on my bottom front teeth. Could be a combination of the sweetness (feeding bacteria) and the pressure on my gums from biting into one. Every time I bit an apple, my bottom gums would start bleeding and they would look like they just got punched in the face.

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2028 · July 25, 2011 at 9:25 AM

I had the same issue with brushing too hard/in the wrong direction too. My problems with my gums stopped when I started using an electric toothbrush instead - that automatically made me brush more gently.

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1638 · July 25, 2011 at 1:54 PM

I was being treated for moderate periodontal disease when I went paleo. Since then, my pockets have reduced with no further special treatment and my plaque build-up is greatly reduced also. My dentist doesn't do anything more than regular cleanings now.

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40 · July 25, 2011 at 7:44 AM

@ Kelly ( that stuff is activated charcoal) and it does work.. Its amazing stuff.. Also, instead of tooth paste riddled with flouride. Use tooth soap! Love that stuff. Bleeding gums can be caused by lots of things. Genetics,allergies, some women's gums bleed before/during menstruation,gum disease, anemia, brushing too hard/incorrectly( which most people do). Oil pulling is effective as well. My gums used to bleed due to a flouride allergy, now w/tooth soap they don't bleed.

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12847 · July 24, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Brushing with terramin clay supposedly greatly helps with gum problems and there are even anecdotes of people outright healing gum disease by doing nothing but brushing with clay. I have no personal experience but I really want to give this a try.

Here's a link with some info http://starrymantle.blogspot.com/2009/02/cleaning-teeth-with-terramin-clay.html

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756 · July 24, 2011 at 3:55 AM

make sure you never brush your teeth with a back-and-forth motion, always up-and-down. the former will wear away the tissue and cause recession. I use and recommend a sonicare toothbrush as it facilitates this action.

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10 · May 14, 2013 at 2:44 AM

I've been taking oil of oregano (that came pre mixed with olive oil) to build my immune system. I noticed that my gums are no longer bleeding a few weeks after I started taking the oil.

No specific amount. Just about .25ml in the dropper, sometimes more or less. I started taking it once a day. Now I'm up to 2-3 times a day.

I'm so thankful because I have had bleeding gums for many many years.

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21 · July 11, 2012 at 7:11 AM

I want to try oil pulling but do you do it before or after brushing?

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154 · February 06, 2013 at 12:51 PM

You do oil pulling before brushing or just on it's own (so brushing is not necessary)

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100 · July 25, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Along with all the great suggestions above (brushing style, diet, oil pulling), I stopped taking birth control pills, which really seems to have helped reduce inflammation and bleeding. (I'm convinced starting them a few years ago caused much of my gum problems.) Pocket measurements back to 2 & 3, and no more talk of gum grafts from my dentist!

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8757 · July 24, 2011 at 2:17 PM

I had some issues with gums a while back, my sister in law (in Venezuela) gave me a jar full of this black powdery coal...she got it from some nuns that she works with. She told me to smear it on my gums w/ water and after a bout a week it was pretty much normal.

She said something about the coal pulls out any infections or and promotes health again. Also gave it to me in a glass with water when something didnt agree with me.

I know they sell black coal tablets in the drug stores, perhaps try breaking one open and give it a smear?

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5949 · July 24, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I have receding gums behind my lower front teeth, which the dentist attributed to a tight lingual frenum. So, an oral surgeon snipped the lingual frenum on both sides of the salivary ducts to take the pressure off the gums. I was told that more than 90% of gum grafts back there fail, so I didn't take that gamble.

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2854 · July 24, 2011 at 4:06 AM

I have receding gums on my lower front teeth as well, with otherwise very healthy teeth. My dentist recommended first that I use a sonicare electric toothbrush, as it is very thorough but gentle. I'm not so into reliance on gadgets, so I took his other advice which was to brush the backs and tops of my teeth first, and save the front for last- toothpaste has rather large particles that can be abrasive to the gums, but this allows them to break down first. I haven't been back since I started, so I can't say if it's been helping, but thought I'd pass it on!

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942 · July 24, 2011 at 3:47 AM

Nothing dramatic. I never had bad gums. But at my last cleaning the hygienist commented on how good my gums were. I hadn't done anything new except Paleo (Primal).

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0 · March 13, 2013 at 6:38 AM

i think unrefined, virgin coconut oil is the best for oil pulling. The health benefits of coconut oil are now widely recognized. It is naturally anti-microbial/bacterial and since that is what is causing the periodontis, makes sense to use something that will prevent bacteria from forming/advancing. Also, I use tea tree oil floss from the health food store.

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3014 · July 25, 2011 at 4:47 AM

Has anyone seen the latest post on Seth's Blog Flaxseed Oil Cures Bleeding Gums in Three Days

Anyone have experience with flaxseed oil curing gums?

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Check out a good supplier of co q10 and consider at least 200mg or more per day for at least 60 days. It's helped me and so its a regular supplement for me.

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3904 · July 24, 2011 at 4:19 AM

A supplement called beta mannan cured mine. It contains aloe vera and vitamin e. Gum disease seems to be related to a weakness in the immune system and this supplement is supposed to strengthen your immune system. It took about three months in my case before the bleeding stopped and the gums looked healthy again. I'm not sure if there is anything to really help where the gums have already receded though. Basically it prevents it from getting worse.

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4181 · July 24, 2011 at 3:48 AM

Receding gums is usually one of the first signs of gum disease. This is controversial and some people believe mouth problems are all diet related but I'm not convinced that is true. I think gum disease is also genetic, I've got it and I've always had very good brushing/flossing habits. My father has it as well. I don't know how to cure it so I see my dentist 4 times a year instead of 2 times and have deep cleanings to prevent further infections. Here's WebMD's write-up about receding gums

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5796 · July 24, 2011 at 12:39 PM

You could be brushing too hard or in an improper motion (side to side), which are very common causes of receding gums

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4181 · July 24, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I can't say that this was never the case because I don't remember when I was a kid if I brushed too hard but I don't think that's the case in the last several years. I've used a Sonicare toothbrush for at least the last 15 years but I've had periodontal disease since I was in my early 30's and just turned 40. Since my father has had periodontal disease for as long as I can remember it seems to me that it's very possibly a genetic weak link in my family. I do also have an autoimmune disease that I just found out about, no idea how long I've had it and that could be a factor.

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