Many people worry about receding gums, and it is sometimes associated with loss of jaw bone. Don’t underestimate these symptoms, because they warn that something is wrong with the health of your mouth. On the other hand, if you believe the universal answer to dental problems is to brush and floss, I hope you will consider a different approach.
Gum recession is usually a symptom of too much cleaning or unbalanced mouth chemistry, which is why additional brushing and flossing may make things worse, not better. Pellicle is a slick, slippery film that covers healthy teeth and gums to protect them from scratchy foods, strong spices, hot and cold, and other things that we eat or drink. Harsh products that strip the pellicle layer from your mouth can cause recession. Without the waxy coating of pellicle, teeth stain, become sensitive, and easily wear away.
Acids from juices dissolve the pellicle layer, and periods of dryness may cause it to fray and frizzle. You may be pellicle-deficient if you sleep or breathe with your mouth open, which explains why gum recession is a frequent problem of older adults. Today young people experience recession, because damage is caused by allergy medications, acidity from energy and sports drinks, or the frequent use of whitening products.
Bleaching strips, peroxide or baking soda can remove pellicle and leave teeth sensitive at the gum line. Flossing and brushing only make the situation worse, eroding enamel and causing more recession. Teeth need protection, nurturing, and help to rebuild healthy pellicle. This involves correct mouth care and a good diet with adequate protein, Omega-3s and vitamin D.
Here are 10 tips to improve gum recession:
- Each morning, sip a drink made with 1 teaspoon of xylitol dissolved in water
- Take a flossing holiday
- Clean your teeth with the Complete Mouth Care System, twice daily
- Eat Zellies mints or gum after every meal, drink or snack (unless you finish the meal with cheese)
- Use Probiotics for 2-3 months to improve your digestive health
- Take supplements to benefit your immune system
- Include fermented organic dairy in your diet – yogurt, kafir or aged cheese
- Keep juices, teas and acidic drinks to meal times only
- Ensure lunch is nutritious – include green leafy vegetables to boost body alkalinity and improve the quality of after-lunch saliva
- Try not to eat or drink anything for a couple of hours after lunch each day – give your teeth time to interact with un-diluted, natural saliva
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