Remedies For Bleeding Gums

Written by Christa Gatewood
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You may be wondering if bleeding gums are normal. The answer is “No.” Healthy gums should not bleed with the normal contact of a toothbrush or floss. If after brushing or flossing you notice your gums are bleeding or particularly sore, that is likely a sign of gingivitis or another form of gum disease.

Gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease. It is a disease that affects the tissues that surround and support the teeth. It is caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that attack the gums. The gums become red and inflamed, and they may become vulnerable to bleeding. This is a serious problem, and if left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis, an even more dangerous form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.

Natural Remedies For Bleeding Gums

While the most effective treatment for gum disease that causes gum bleeding is superior dental hygiene, there are some natural remedies that some people advocate. Among these remedies are herbs and essential oils. Almond, spearmint, and peppermint have all been shown to help kill bacteria in plaque and promote a healthy mouth overall.

Likewise, rinsing with a warm water and salt solution has also been shown to positively affect gum disease. You can rinse with this solution before or after brushing or flossing. While these natural remedies may be beneficial in the fight against gum disease, they must be combined with effective home oral care. There is no substitute for regular brushing and flossing.


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