Receding gums is a common problem amongst adults over forty, but I have also seen teenagers and young adults with this issue from time to time. When the gums recede, the roots of the teeth become exposed and cause hypersensitivity to touch, temperature, and to sweet, salty and sour substances.
There are several possible causes for receding gums, including poor dental hygiene, accumulated plaque, bacteria, dental occlusion, grinding the teeth, poor dental work, over flossing, and mental stress. Below are some simple Ayurvedic tips for maintaining and restoring the health of the teeth and gums.
It is important to brush your teeth regularly and in a gentle circular fashion. Do not scrub them like a dirty pan! Flossing 3-5 times a week is sufficient. One of the best antimicrobial herbs used to cleanse and purify the mouth is neem. I recommend my clients to brush with a neem bark tooth powder, which also contains cloves and cinnamon, as well as to use a neem bark mouthwash.
In Ayurveda, swishing or gargling with medicinal substances is known as kavala or gandusha. One of the most popular and simple methods of kavala is to swish with sesame oil. This treatment has been recommended in Ayurveda for more than 3000 years to strengthen the roots of the teeth and gums. This is performed by tilting your chin back slightly while swishing with a small amount of sesame oil and pushing it back and forth through the teeth for several minutes. Then spit out the oil and massage the remaining oil into your gums with a finger and rinse your mouth with water. You can do this daily for a period of several weeks or until your gums improve.
Tea tree essential oil is also a great remedy for overall oral hygiene. A few drops can be applied to your tooth brush or smeared onto dental floss. Putting a few drops in a cup of water can also be used as a swish or gargle. It effectively treats receding, puffy, or bleeding gums, as well as gingivitis, pyorrhea, plaque, and bad breath.
Also, chewing a rounded tablespoon of white hulled sesame seeds in the morning is a good source of calcium and helps to nourish your bones and strengthen your teeth.
Furthermore, reducing stress with activities like yoga, meditation, tai chi, and nature walks can help to process unresolved thoughts, feelings, and emotions, thus helping to release chronic tension in the head.