8 Ways To Stop Bleeding Gums


Bleeding gums are often the sign of a deeper problem. The most common cause of bleeding gums is gum disease or an infection of the tissues which surround your teeth. Do not ignore this sign. Early treatment is cost effective and will prevent more extensive and expensive treatments. The following are effective ways to treat bleeding gums.

  1. Floss daily. Plaque build up around teeth is a major cause of gum disease. Flossing prevents decay as well as prevents gum disease.
  2. Brush properly after every meal to remove food particles. These particles become infected with bacteria and soon an infection is off and running. Always brush your teeth after meals and especially before you go to bed at night.
  3. Consider an electric brush. Research has shown that your teeth are cleaner with an electric brush.
  4. Have your teeth cleaned and checked regularly at your dentist. If money is an issue, you should consider the Hygiene program at Grand Rapids Community College available from September until the end of May.
  5. Rinse your mouth with a solution of warm water mixed with a tablespoon of aloe vera gel, or apply the aloe vera gel directly on the inflamed gums. Aloe vera is an herb with the following properties:  assists in wound healing; it is known for its’ anti-inflammatory activity; antimicrobial properties; and it stimulates the immune system.
  6. Brush your teeth with a mixture of water and golden seal. Keep dipping your brush in the solution. Goldenseal has an antimicrobial action which makes it a good candidate for this condition. You can also place the goldenseal on your finger or a cotton pellet and apply it directly to the inflamed gum.
  7. Vitamin C. Vitamin C provides for the basic building blocks for the gum tissue. Two time Nobel prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling was the first to realize vitamin C’s crucial importance in the maintenance of a proper immune system. Vitamin C works by stimulating the immune system and protecting the damage created when the body is fighting off the infection.


Dr. Kevin Flood is a general dentist in Grand Rapids Michigan. Dr. Flood has taken the principles of dentistry and interwoven them with alternative healing modalities such as nutrition, dental material sensitivity, and manual medicine to create a new paradigm for dentistry. This new paradigm moves beyond drilling and filling and addresses the relationships of dentistry to the rest of the body.

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