Homemade Toothpaste Causing Gum Recession??

Answered on April 26, 2014
Created April 26, 2014 at 7:11 AM

I've always had tooth problems, and my teeth are very blotchy with white and yellow. I recently started oil pulling with coconut oil and that very slowly began to clear up some of the blotchiness. I was encouraged by this and so two weeks ago I made my own toothpaste using calcium carbonate, baking soda, and coconut oil. But this evening I was looking at my teeth and noticed that my gums seem to have actually receded slightly. This was the opposite result that I expected, and after doing quite a number of google searches I came up empty handed. Is my toothpaste bad? Perhaps I'm brushing poorly? (too hard, or...?) My gums bled slightly the first night I used this toothpaste, but I ever since they've felt fairly strong. I'm considering leaving off my toothpaste for a few weeks to see if my gums return to normal. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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on April 26, 2014
at 02:09 PM

I'd get some liquid CoQ10 or Ubiquinol and use it after brushing, to swish around your mouth for a few minutes before swallowing it. CoQ10 is very beneficial for gums, (and also expensive.) Maybe do something like a teaspoon or two a day and see if that helps.



on April 26, 2014
at 07:56 AM

Not a dentist but I've heard brushing too hard can cause your gums to recede.

May want to consider the abrasiveness of the toothpaste as an alternative cause to hard brushing or ingredients. ( Just spitballing as I've heard baking soda can be quite abrasive )

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