Home Remedies for Bleeding Gums

The most common cause of bleeding gums is usually poor dental hygiene. This is one reason home remedies for bleeding gums focus on improving how well you take care of your teeth. 

The first thing you must do to stop bleeding gums is to brush AND floss twice per day. At first, this is likely to cause more bleeding and some pain.

However, your teeth and gums will get used to it and benefit from the additional cleanliness. It is a good idea to use a soft bristled toothbrush instead of a hard bristled one. This will ease your pain, protect the enamel on your teeth, and clean just as well as a stiffer brush.

Healing Infected Gums

After brushing and flossing each time, follow up by swishing hydrogen peroxide in your mouth for 30 seconds. This will certainly help to stop bleeding gums in their tracks!

Hydrogen peroxide is a very effective antibacterial rinse and is a very important step in home remedies for bleeding gums. In addition, you might want to try rubbing a bit of tea tree oil over your swollen bleeding gums three times per week.

Beware, tea tree oil doesn't taste very good but it clears up tooth infections extremely well. I got an infected wisdom tooth one time that was incredibly painful. Once the receptionist told me they couldn't get me in for a week, I knew I had to do something! 

I bought a small jar of Australian tea tree oil at the grocery store and began dipping a Q-tip in it to swipe all over my infected tooth. I did this 3-4 times per day and the entire infection was completely gone within three days! 

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Tea tree oil is well known for how well it kills germs and soothes the skin, so it may help your gums. 

If you decide not to use tea tree oil, that is okay as the hydrogen peroxide should do a good enough job. You should rinse your mouth with warm salt water two to three times per day, though. This will help your sore gums to heal.

You may need to take over-the-counter pain medication for a couple days until the inflammation and bleeding stop and the pain goes away naturally.

If you do not see improvement within several days, do not hesitate to see your dentist! Other causes of bleeding gums include vitamin deficiencies, major infections, adjustment issues with braces or dentures, or even early signs of leukemia.

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