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.
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.
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!
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
Two major things have helped to stop my gum recession:
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.
@ 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.