Stabilize Receding Gums with Whole Foods

Stabilize Receding Gums with Whole Foods

Stabilize Receding Gums with Whole Foods

Are you growing ‘long in the tooth’?

The underlying cause of gum disease is nutrient deficiency in your body which causes inflammation and bone loss in gums. Gum recession is often the first symptom to be noticed.  Receding gums don’t have to lead to gingivitis or periodontal disease. You can manage gum health with natural and self-help strategies.

You can help to stabilize receding gums and gingivitis with the teeth healing diet plus three special gum healing foods.

 

Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes only.  Please consult your health practitioner and use common sense. Terms and conditions here.

Gum Anatomy

The gums are made up of

  • gum tissue which is the pink skin around your teeth
  • periodontal ligament which consists of lots of microscopic strands of cartilage that connect your tooth into the socket
  • alveolar bone which is the section of the jaw and palate which includes the sockets that hold the teeth in place
  • cenentum which is the outer layer of the tooth below the gum line where the periodontal ligament connect the tooth to the alveolar bone
 

Giving the wrong message

Receding gums are often a source of shame becuase dentists and dental hygienists tell us that they are caused by not flossing enough. 

The mainstream explanation of gum disease is that it is caused by inadequate oral hygiene leading to gingivitis causing bacterial toxins in plaque which  stimulates a chronic inflammatory response known as gum disease or periodontitis.

That is why dentistry focuses on removing plaque and the tooth decay caused by bacteria. But plaque bacteria is not the underlying cause of receding gums or gum disease.

Eating right to stabilize receding gums

In 2010 new research summarised the consensus of periodontal science findings that most people’s bodies are able to respond to the bacteria in plaque without developing gum disease.

Not all bodies are vulnerable to plaque. In well nourished bodies, plaque doesn’t trigger gum disease because the most significant underlying influence on gum disease is actually the food we eat, not our oral hygiene habits.

Healthy gums are fed by nutrient-rich body fluids supplied through the circulatory and fluid systems.

Resilience to gum disease depends on a diet of whole foods that contain up to ten times more fat soluble vitamins and two to four times more minerals than in a normal modern diet.

The fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are found most readily in animal fats and without them we are not able to absorb and use the minerals that we do eat.  The teeth healing diet I summarise in my free Feed Your Teeth Guide outlines the foods that supply fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients needed to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

A free downloadable guide to teeth and gum healing foods.

 Feed Your Gums

Eating to heal and prevent gum disease is a little different than a diet targeting tooth decay as it involves a greater emphasis on vitamin C and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and iodine.

Recent research shows that an improved diet can have as positive effect on gum disease as scaling and root planing which is one of the common dental procedures for treating gingivitis.

Whether you are eating for your teeth or your gums, synthetic vitamins and minerals can help but they are not as effective as nutrients from whole foods and may have unintended side effects because they are so specific and isolated.  Keep reading to learn about just three of the most effective whole foods that can help to stabilize receding gums.

 

 

Kelp

Kelp is an balanced source of trace minerals including . It supports glandular function and balanced blood chemistry. Kelp also helps the body to utilize and metabolize food.

Kelp is a sea vegetable that is enjoyed in many traditional cuisines from China to the Hebredies. Kelp is sold in dried pieces, as powder or granules or processed into noodles. I prefer to eat it as a tasty condiment. Eating kelp as a whole food is much safer than taking kelp supplements which are so concentrated that you can overdose with iodine, sodium or heavy metals. 

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of kelp powder or granules 4-6 days a week is sufficient for most people to keep gums healthy. I keep a jar of kelp granules on our dining table and sprinkle it onto cooked vegetables, salads and other savory dishes 4-5 times a week. 

 

*Avoid kelp if you have a thyroid disorder, high blood pressure or heart failure. 

 

Green tea

Studies have shown that green tea reduces symptoms of gum disease including gum pocket depth, bleeding gums and attachment of gums to teeth. 

Green tea contains catechin (aka epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG) which is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial flavinoid. These are the properties that seems to make green tea effective at preventing gum disease.

Green tea also helps prevent tooth decay, inhibits the development of oral cancer and freshens your breath!

 

Drink no more than five cups of green tea every day to enjoy the benefits for your gums.  The most healthy way to drink green tea is to make it with non-fluoridated water (i.e. spring or filtered water). Make it in a ceramic pot with water that has cooled for three minutes after boiling. Let it steep for three minutes before drinking. 

 

*Green tea can cause stomach upsets in some people (like me). 

 

 

 

 

Parsley

Chewing on a handful of raw parsley every day supplies a significant dose of vitamin C as well as vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B12, Beta Carotene, Folic Acid and Iron- all nutrients that support gum health.

A mouthful of freshly picked parsley has the additional benefit of offering a great workout for the jaw, as chewing on the fibrous plant  helps to strengthen and rebuild the bone.

*High doses of parsley should be avoided during pregnancy; if you are on blood-thinning medication or have kidney or gallbladder disease. 

A free downloadable guide to teeth and gum healing foods.

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Yoga for Receding Gums

Receding gums and jaw tension

Clenching or grinding teeth is one of the major causes of receding gums. When you clench or grind your teeth even a little bit, it rocks the teeth which can wear down the top of the bone socket inside your gums.

The best way help stabilize your receding gums is to relax your jaw completely, as often as possible.

My TMJ playlist includes a range of self-help tactics that I’ve curated from around You Tube, but this simple yoga hack is my own variation.

 

I’ve been practicing yoga for about 30 years, and almost daily for the last dozen. These days I usually just follow an online class, but whatever kind of yoga I’m doing, I turn it into teeth healing practice with this simple hack.

A simple exercise to help stabilize your receding gums

In any inversion pose where my face is pointing towards the floor (eg forward fold, downward dog, or child pose). I consciously relax my jaw and face and let my lips fall down into a duck face.

If you want to do this exercise without doing yoga, simple get on your hands and knees, or just lean forward so your face is pointing downwards (make sure you aren’t hurting your back or your neck as you bend forward).

Here’s what to do: Breathing deeply and steadily pay attention to all the muscles around your mouth, jaw and eyes and deliberately release your normal facial expression and let the muscles of your face give way to gravity.

For extra fun, you can try blowing our your breath in a horsey huff to loosen up your lips some more, or gently shake your head side to side and letting your loose cheeks and lips sway with the motion.

Toothache home remedy

This hack is good relieving toothache, particularly those deep in the root aches that are particularly painful at night.

Keeping your jaw relaxed takes the pressure off of the nerves in your jaw, giving pain relief that is sometimes instant.

The only side effects are good ones: relaxing the jaw also allows blood to flow more freely, carrying nutrients and oxygen to the teeth and gums so that the body’s can carry out natural remineralization and bone growth.

It even helps to prevent cavities because clenching and grinding puts pressure on the enamel causing cracks and chips.

 

Most people are so used to carrying tension in their jaw that they aren’t even aware of it.

It might take several sessions of practice before you can really feel what its like to have your jaw completely relaxed.

Doing this exercise regularly will make it easier to notice when your jaw is tense, so you can mindfully relax it, throughout your day.

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Relax your jaw for teeth relief

Relax your jaw for teeth relief

Why relax your jaw

There’s almost no teeth or gum problems that can’t be helped when you relax your jaw!

Carrying tension in the jaw is so common that it’s almost universal. 

Are you one of the millions of people who use a night guard to try and prevent jaw tension from damaging your teeth and gums? It’s what most dentists recommend when they see the symptoms of clenching or grinding.

You may not even be aware that your jaw is tense until someone else points it out to you, or you experience the contrasting sensation of relaxation. 

 I didn’t know that I was clenching, and perhaps grinding, my teeth in my sleep until my dentist pointed out that my molars were cracking from the pressure.

Chronic jaw tension may be caused by a mineral deficiency or intestinal parasites. If that’s the case you can address the problem with diet and supplements.

However, just by spending a few minutes on some simple exercises most people can easily retrain their jaw to relax naturally and find almost instant relief from toothache as a result. 

In fact there’s almost no situation where relaxing the jaw won’t improve your wellbeing!

Not only does it relieve tooth clenching and grinding (bruxism) but it can sometimes help relieve pain and inflammation in the roots of your teeth.

It can also be helpful for sinus problems, mouth breathing, snoring, posture, migraines (and other headaches) and much more.

Some people find that their acute toothache disappears within minutes of massaging their jaw, other people notice gradual changes occurring as they consistently incorporate jaw massage into their bedtime routine.

 

Long term benefits of relaxing your jaw

There are long term benefits for your teeth and gums beyond the (often instant) pain relief that a jaw massage can provide.

There is less friction wearing away at your teeth enamel so your teeth are more resilient to decay.

With less pressure, your teeth are less likely to crack and chip.

Receding gums can stabilize and sometimes even start to regrow without the constant pressure and friction of clenching and grinding teeth in their sockets. 

Blood flows more easily, carrying nutrients and oxygen to your teeth and gums so your body can express its natural inclination to remineralise your teeth and regrow your gums.

Although sometimes professional interventions (eg cranial oesteopathic or chiropractoric treatments or myofacial therapy) may be required, most people notice substantial improvement when they persist with the self-help techniques I share with my clients and Teeth for Life members

Practiced regularly, you can retrain your body to default to a relaxed jaw, even in stressful situations.

If you are considering professional intervention or buying a bite guard, learning to relax your jaw will enable those treatments to work more effectively so you’ll get more value from the investment.

Take the pressure off your teeth and gums right now by trying a jaw massage video for free, as a preview of Teeth for Life membership. 

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Healing tooth decay

 

A holistic approach to remineralize tooth decay is probably quite different from almost all the mainstream dental advice you’ve ever received.

It starts from the principle that the health of our teeth and gums is tied to the health of the rest of our body, in a two way interaction.

In order, to understand holistic teeth healing strategies, you really have to understand how teeth, and the rest of your body, are connected.

Watch the video, or keep reading to understand the mechanics and anatomy of teeth remineralization.

 

Healthy bodies remineralize tooth decay constantly

In a healthy mouth, nutrients and oxygen are delivered by the blood stream into the root of the tooth, and these nourishing vital fluids pass from inside the tooth out into the enamel by way of 300 yards of microscopic tubules. The tooth’s sponge-like quality means that when everything is working well, your teeth enamel is constantly being renewed from the inside out.  As long as the fluid flow is going from the center of the tooth outwards then tooth decay can be prevented or even reversed.

Tooth decay is a symptom of weak teeth

The fluid flow can impeded by high blood sugar levels, stress, hormonal shifts like pregnancy or adolescence and a lack of certain vitamins and minerals.  When the fluid isn’t flowing outwards, the spongey network of tubules in the enamel suck in the bacteria, toxins and fermentable carbohydrates (old food) from the mouth. That’s what causes decay, inflammation and ultimately toothache.

Decay will only occur if the tooth is vulnerable from the inside. So, holistic teeth healing is a whole body approach aimed at allowing that flow of nutritious fluids into the teeth and supporting the body to express its natural inclination to constantly remineralise.

Foods that prevent tooth decay

Diet is the most important aspect of holistic teeth healing because if your teeth are getting the right nutrients flowing into them, they are amazingly resilient. The teeth healing diet I follow is based on the recommendations of  Dr Weston A. Price and made famous in Ramiel Nagel’s book Cure Tooth Decay and Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions.

I eat lots of animal protein in the form of  grass-fed meat; organ meat especially liver; bone broth, raw dairy, and eggs.  I also eat lots of fresh nutrient-dense vegetables and fruit.  It happens to be an delicious and filling way to eat that has not only transformed my terrible teeth, but also improved my skin, hair and nails.  And my gut is better! I no longer have the tummy troubles that used to plague me for years.

Check out Feed Your Teeth, my user-friendly guide to teeth healing foods.

A free downloadable guide to teeth and gum healing foods.

Other strategies to help heal tooth decay

The next priority in my hierarchy of holisitic teeth healing strategies is to make sure that your jaw is relaxed so those nutritious fluids can flow freely to the teeth and gums.  TMJ disorder, misaligned bite, or tension in your neck and shoulders can all be contributing to mouth problems by blocking the free flow of fluids to your teeth. Clenching and grinding also puts pressure on the roots and can wear down your tooth enamel. I’ve put together a playlist of free TMJ relaxation exercises for you to try.

Hygiene is the third line of holistic defense with a lot of botanical and mineral options for cleaning teeth and gums. Check out my resources for oral hygiene self care.

Holistic teeth healing can also involve working with your emotions and mindset, genetics and ancestral influences, the energetic body, toxins in the environment and in your body, and dental relationships including anxiety and trauma. These are almost always the underlying issues that need to be addressed. Check out my overview of the metaphysical approaches that can help heal your teeth and gums.

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