Toothbrushing And Receding Gums
It is important to note that improper brushing of your teeth can cause receding gums. Let us look in details about selection of toothpaste first.
Toothpaste is a very important part to prevent receding gums, so what type of toothpaste should you be looking at?
There is much debate over the effectiveness of fluoride in reducing tooth cavities. Some say it is an important element of dental care while others say there is no conclusive evidence to support the claim that it helps with cavity prevention. Others again even suggest it is dangerous to your health. Whatever the case, concerns are high enough that its use has already been banned in several countries around the world. More importantly, fluoride has been proven to inhibit tissue connectivity, which means it can prevent your gums from reattaching to your teeth as you try to reverse their recession. When you consider this it is easy to see why some dentists claim the gums cannot return to their original position! It is better be on the safe side and choose a fluoride free toothpaste that still removes plaque but will not prevent you from healing your gums.
No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
In some cases gum recession can be worsened by sensitivity to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a common ingredient in almost all toothpastes that can actually cause fungal growth. It is added to emulsify oil and water ingredients and to create frothing during use and hence has absolutely no dental value at all. Find yourself a toothpaste variety that does not include this ingredient. Typically toothpastes that are free of fluoride also tend be free of SLS but check the label to be sure.
Studies at Osaka University in Japan showed that brushing your teeth with a toothpaste containing coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) significantly improved gum health after just three weeks. In some cases CoQ10 has completely cured serious gum disease in the space of eight weeks. Additional research has also demonstrated that gum repair is impossible without sufficient quantities of CoQ10 available to the body, so it is best not to underestimate its value and use a toothpaste that contains it if possible.
Tea Tree Oil
While tea tree oil doesn’t help to reduce plaque it does significantly improve gum health thanks to its proven antibiotic properties. Studies have shown that a topically applied tea tree oil gel achieved noticeable results within 4 to 8 weeks. Please note, do not try to apply raw tea tree oil directly to the teeth or gums. The best way to access tee tree oil is through a toothpaste that contains it.
All four combined
The best possible solution is to select a toothpaste that contains CoQ10 and Tea Tree Oil and that is also free of fluoride and SLS. An example of one such toothpaste is AloeDent Toothpaste. Naturally a toothpaste that meets these criteria is ideal, but if you can’t find all four aspects at once then just purchase the closest possible equivalent until such time as you can find it.