If you’re prone to bleeding gums you know how bad it can be: the taste, the look, the embarrassment. But you may not have known that bleeding gums can be an indicator of bigger problems. And you also may not have known how easy it can be to cure.
Possible Causes to Bleeding Gums
- Brushing too hard
- Not brushing often
- Improper flossing
- Vitamin C, K deficiency
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy
- Gum, tooth, or mouth infection
Gargle, rub, or eat – pick your method and I’ll give you ingredients to help relieve your mouth, and your mind, from bleeding gums.
Salt and Water
Gargling lukewarm salt water is the easiest and most obvious cure to inflamed and bleeding gums. The sodium reduces swelling and cleans any open sores or bleeding areas. Do this two or three times daily to improve the health of your gums.
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Garlic and Honey
Crush half a clove of garlic and mix it with manuka honey. This homemade antibacterial rub will reduce swelling and inflammation while increasing overall mouth health. Rub the mixture into your gums and feel the cleaning sensation.
Make a paste from several teaspoons of baking soda and water (or lemon juice) and apply directly to your teeth and gums with a toothbrush. This will whiten your teeth and stop your gums from bleeding.
Another item that is likely already in your home, reach for the natural aloe vera gel to soothe your gums. Simply cut the leaf and rub the pulp onto your gums to take down gum-swelling. Aloe vera has also been known to be effective in taking care of mild gum disease.
I’m not hammin’ around here – clove oil (Eugenol) really helps reduce gum swelling and bleeding. Grab a bit of clove oil or chew on a couple cloves – you may feel a slight burning sensation, but that’s how you know it’s working.
Black Seed Oil
Said to be a “miracle cure for any condition,” black seed oil has long been a killer of harmful bacteria. Simply swish the oil around your mouth, or add to warm water, for overall oral hygiene. Rub a few drops gently on your gums to reduce swelling and stop bleeding.
Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Fresh fruits, especially those high in vitamin C, and vegetables are super-beneficial to healthy gums. Chewing on raw vegetable helps circulation, lowering swelling and risk of bleeding gums. Oranges, lemons, cabbage, and broccoli are great sources of vitamin C and help to naturally fight gingivitis.
This is more ‘drink’ than ‘eat’ but the principle’s the same: cranberry juice has anti-bacterial properties that help with bleeding gums. The store-bought stuff is watered-down and sugared-up so you’re best to get natural and organic, or make your own.
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