Bleeding Gums

Bleeding GumsWhat Causes Bleeding Gums?

Although not pinpointed in any way, there are some causes of bleeding gums that you need to be wary of. That way, the right measures could be implemented to either prevent such condition from happening or not to exacerbate the problem.

  • Poor oral hygiene. When one does not practice proper oral hygiene, bacteria in the mouth could easily grow uncontrollably. Too much bacteria in the mouth could lead to plaque formation, which would eventually turn into tartar. This would then cause gum inflammation, together with swelling and bleeding.
  • Improper flossing. When flossing is not done properly, it could also contribute to bleeding of the gums. Remember to let the floss slide along the curves of the teeth and never to force it.
  • Hormonal changes. This is a very common cause of bleeding gums in women. Many of them find that their gum and teeth problems usually occur during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause. During these periods, hormonal changes occur, which increases blood flow to the gums. When this happens, the gums become red, tender, and swollen. In fact, there are women who would see swollen and bleeding gums before their menstrual period, but symptoms also subside the moment that their periods begin. During pregnancy, bleeding usually occurs on the third month and lasts up to the eighth, although this may not be the case for all women.
  • Cancer and chemotherapy. One of the major causes of bleeding gums is leukemia, which is cancer of the blood. This could cause bleeding gums since the condition affects the blood forming tissues of the body. Leukemia also affects the bone marrow, as well as the lymphatic system, which distributes the immune cells of the body. A lot of individuals who undergo chemotherapy experience stomatitis, which is the inflammation of the mouth. This condition causes ulcers that could lead to bleeding.


Foods to Avoid

  • Sugar-rich foods. The bacteria that causes gum disease feeds on sugar. Young children must only be give small amounts of sweets, puddings, and fizzy drinks that are high in sugar content.
  • Refined carbohydrates. Biscuits, cakes, and other sweets must be kept to a minimum.
  • Food and water that contain fluoride. Indeed, fluoride, which is a by-product of the plant fertilizer industry, may have helped in reducing the number of cavities but it is in reality, a poison that must not be allowed into drinking water.


Friendly Foods

  • Fibre-rich foods. These foods have all the vitamins needed to support healthy growth of the teeth. They are rich in Vitamin C, which is essential for dental health. Some of these foods are brown rice, green leafy vegetables, and fresh fruits like cherries, figs, and apples.
  • Garden sage. This makes a great mouthwash for inflamed and bleeding gums. It is also good for inflamed tongue, sore throat and mouth ulcers. You can just add 1-2 teaspoons of chopped sage leaves to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to cool, then place it in a screw-top jar. You can then use it as a mouthwash. You may also gargle the mixture while it is still warm. Remember not to use sage if you are pregnant because it stimulates the muscles of the uterus.
  • Liquorice sticks. Chewing liquorice sticks regularly can help in keeping the teeth and gums clean. It also helps in reducing bacteria in the mouth.
  • 6 glasses of filtered water.
  • Dilute concentrated fruit juices. The ideal ratio is 1:4. This means that there would be 1 part juice for every 4 parts water.
  • Thai foods. Lemon grass, garlic, and coriander, could help in keeping the teeth healthy. Coriander could also get rid of heavy metals from the body.


Helpful Hints

  • Mercury used in amalgam fillings can cause bleeding gums.
  • After main meals, it is advisable to eat fruits. This actually increases saliva production, which is alkaline in nature. It then neutralizes the acid being produced by bacteria, which is primarily responsible for dental decay. One precaution though is  not to eat fruits immediately right after eating. It is because if the enamel is soft, then it might weaken the teeth. Apple is one of the best fruits that can make the teeth healthy.
  • Toothpaste that contain sodium lauryl sulfate can weaken the tissue of the gums, and decreases the lining of the cheek.
  • Take Vitamin C supplements but not those that are chewable and contain sugar.
  • Use a good quality electric toothbrush.
  • Practice good dental hygiene. Use floss and natural mouthwash made from tea tree.
  • Use herbal toothpastes that contain the right ingredients for your teeth.
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