Even as adults, many of us continue to hate going to the dentist. Having someone pick, poke and prod at our teeth and gums is uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Regular brushing and flossing helps to keep teeth white and clean, and helps keeps you out of the dentist's chair.

However, one common mouth issue is often overlooked. Receding gums are quite common and although it seems like a minor issue, receding gum lines are a real problem. Pockets are gaps between the teeth and gum line. They are a perfect place for bacteria build up resulting in damage to supporting tissue, tooth decay and even tooth loss.

1. Why Do Gums Recede?

It's a combination of bad genetics, aggressive brushing, and smoking. While nothing can be done about genetics, being gentle with a toothbrush and reducing/eliminating smoking will prevent further gum recession. If caught early, there are several natural remedies to reverse receding gums.

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2. Green Tea

Green tea has been shown to help teeth and gums in numerous studies. Periodontal disease, pocket depth, and attachment loss of gum tissue were all decreased by daily cups of green tea.

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3. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is often used to soothe and heal skin, but its health benefits translate to oral care as well. Introducing toothpaste, mouthwash, or even juice containing aloe vera has been shown to reduce periodontal disease and various other gum diseases.

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4. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a powerful anti-inflammatory with the ability to combat gum disease. It is also a powerful germ killer able to eliminate bacteria in the mouth. Eucalyptus cannot be consumed, but mixing eucalyptus oil and warm water makes an amazing mouth wash.

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5. Vitamin C

Lastly, good old Vitamin C helps stop gum swelling, bleeding and recession. For hundreds of year, people have eaten fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C to promote healthy gums.

Any or all of these methods listed combined with regular brushing and flossing will help to make your next dentist visit a pleasant one.

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