If you are looking to maintain attractive gums, there are many things you can do to help improve the health of your gums and prevent receding gums. This includes taking low-dose aspirin, which has been shown in multiple studies to reduce the loss of gum attachment.
Discovering the Benefits of Low-Dose Aspirin
We know that the damaging effects of gum disease come both from the attacking bacteria and from the body’s own immune response. The inflammatory response of the body is what really causes most of the attachment and bone loss that leads to receding gums and tooth loss.
It was discovered in the 1980s that using high doses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen could reduce the inflammatory response and therefore cut down the damage caused by gum disease. But because of the side effects of these drugs, they didn’t offer a real benefit.
Then came the discovery that low-dose aspirin use could have a positive effect on people with heart disease risks. As more people began taking these low aspirin doses, we started seeing the impact that these patients were experiencing healthier gums as well. Then studies were conducted to attempt to prove the correlation. The first was out of the University of Adelaide, where researchers looked at men age 50 and above. They compared smokers with ex-smokers as well as those taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and related diseases, and those not taking low-dose aspirin. They found that men taking aspirin had significantly better gum attachment than those not taking aspirin.
Confirming the Results
In 2012, another study was published confirming the benefits of low-dose aspirin for gum attachment. This study used a smaller study group, and didn’t focus on ex-smokers and smokers. It also attempted to determine whether people taking a higher daily dose of aspirin (150 mg) benefited more than those taking the lower dose (75 mg). The study showed that all people taking aspirin had smaller pockets around their teeth (which indicates how far along gum disease is) than those not taking aspirin (2.01 mm vs. 2.38 mm). It also found that the longer people had been taking aspirin, the better their benefit.
Preventing and Treating Receding Gums
If you are concerned about receding gums, you might talk to your doctor and dentist about the benefits and risks of daily aspirin.
However, if you’ve already suffered receding gums, we have a nonsurgical receding gums treatment that can restore your gums. To learn more, please call 310-275-5325 in Beverly Hills or 949-551-5902 in Orange County.