Everybody loves to smile, but lately you've been hating it because of the state of your teeth and gums. They are a mess, especially your receding gumline. You're absolutely certain your smile looks more like a jack-o-lantern's grimace than a genuine expression of warmth. You don't need to clamp your mouth shut forever, but rather take a stab at a few methods that may help you regrow gums.
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Things you need
- Cayenne pepper
- Peelu stick
Brush and floss daily. Keeping your teeth clean is the first step to keeping your mouth healthy. Gentle brushing removes plaque on the surface of the teeth and flossing does the same in the little dark pockets between them.
Brush with cayenne pepper. This practice is supposed to stimulate the gums and help them rejuvenate themselves. Start small, with a teaspoon or less of the stuff on your brush. Add more as you get used to it. Don't just pile on a dollop unless you wish to vomit in the sink.
Brush with a peelu stick. Peelu, also known as miswak, is a stick derived from the roots of the Arak tree. It has been used as a natural toothbrush not only to enhance spiritual health but to keep teeth and gums health and refreshed. Get a peelu stick at imported food speciality stores or buy one online (see Resources below).
Get scaling and root planing. Ask your dentist if this is the right treatment for you. Scaling and root planing is basically a deep cleaning above and below the gumline that scrapes off plaque and tartar. Yes, it will probably hurt, but it will also get rid of all that bacteria and smooth the teeth so gums can reattach themselves.
Take Periostat. This drug, approved by the FDA in 1998, is usually used in conjunction with the scaling and planning to further the rejuvenation of receding gums. Periostat is known to help stop the destructive action of the enzyme that attacks teeth and gums. Again, ask your dentist if this is the right treatment for you.
Tips and warnings
- Prevent further erosion of the gums by being gentle while brushing. Some deterioration can be exacerbated by harsh brushing that pushed the gums away from the teeth.
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