Bleeding Gums (Gingivitis): Treatments & Home Remedies

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Bleeding gums is a condition where the inadequate removal of plaque causes germs to build up and attack the gums. This results in inflamed and irritated gums, which bleed while brushing or flossing. It is also known as gingivitis and is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is generally painless with bleeding gums being the only symptom.

This condition can be prevented with simple home remedies that are easy to follow and can result in an improved dental condition within a matter of weeks. Although, if home remedies don’t seem to work, then you may have to see a doctor.

Medical Treatments for Bleeding Gums

If you’re taking the regular precautions of brushing properly, flossing, getting your dentures aligned (if you’re wearing them) and keeping a good hygiene about it and still have bleeding gums, then here are some treatments that you may require:

  • Remove plaque: Go to the dentist to get rid of all the plaque that has accumulated on your teeth. This is the most basic treatment. As plaque grows into tartar, which is a very sticky and hard substance that gets attached to your teeth, and turns into an infection, it needs to be removed.
  • Scaling: This will help in slowing down the process of any gum disease.
  • Periodontal therapy: If you are suffering from severe form of periodontal disease, you will have to undergo a periodontal therapy.
  • Dental surgery: Depending on the severity, you might even need a dental surgery to stop the bleeding.
  • Vitamin supplements: Take vitamin supplements, as prescribed by the doctor.


Home Remedies for Bleeding Gums

There are several home remedies that can be practiced regularly to prevent or treat gum bleeding. They include the following:

Citrus Fruits

One of the major reasons for bleeding gums is a deficiency of vitamin C. Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, as well as vegetables, especially broccoli and cabbage, can prevent you from bleeding gums by providing adequate amounts of vitamin C.


Milk is also a rich source of calcium, which constantly needs to be replenished to strengthen your gums. Therefore, milk should be drunk on a regular basis for preventing bleeding gums.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking makes the mouth conditions anaerobic, which favor the growth of certain bacteria. Therefore, you should avoid smoking in order to keep your mouth free of bacteria.

Raw Vegetables

Chewing raw vegetables cleans the teeth and induces blood circulation in gums. Therefore, you should add some raw vegetables to your diet every day.

Cranberry & Wheatgrass Juice

Cranberry juice or wheatgrass juice can give relief to those who have bleeding gums. Cranberry juice can do the same by exerting its antibacterial properties to clean the gums of excess bacteria.

bleedinggumsremediesBaking Soda

Baking soda kills bacteria by making the microenvironment of the mouth acidic and can be applied to the gums with your fingers.


Cloves can either be kept in the mouth, chewed slowly, or clove oil can be rubbed on the gums. This has been an age-old and easy home remedy for all kinds of dental problem, particularly bleeding gums.

Sage & Peppermint Oil

Brush your teeth with a few drops of both peppermint and sage oil added to your toothpaste since these keep your mouth refreshing and clean.

Calendula Leaf & Chamomile Tea

Tea prepared from leaves of calendula and chamomile can give relief from bleeding of gums.

Saline Rinse

You can gargle after brushing your teeth with lukewarm water with a pinch of salt added to it. This is a good home remedy to treat bleeding gums.


Gently massaging the gums with your fingers after brushing your teeth results in good blood circulation. This strengthens the gums and prevents them from bleeding.

Avoid Fatty Foods

Fatty, spicy, and heavy diets contain foods that get deposited in teeth cavities and provides food sources for unhealthy microbes. This subsequently leads to bleeding gums or even gingivitis. If you suffer from bleeding gums, you should avoid fatty foods as much as possible.

Note: Brushing and flossing should be done to prevent plaque deposition. Furthermore, regular check-ups and plaque removal should be done every 6 months by the dentist. Maintaining hygienic conditions in your mouth will not only reduce the bleeding of your gums, but it will also prevent dental problems like periodontitis and gingivitis. It must be kept in mind that braces should not be tight and should fit correctly because that strain can also lead to bleeding gums.

About the Author

Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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