Gingivitis or bleeding gums can put you into mental stress, apart from the physical pain and discomfort involved. Why allow such a disease to pop up when it can easily be avoided with a little regular care and caution. Bleeding gums have eight major causes, and keeping them in mind, the disease can be avoided or cured with minimal effort even with effective home remedies.
Major possible causes of gum bleeding
Gum disease: The initial stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, in which gums become swollen and tender, which is the most common cause of bleeding gums. Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease that originates due to accumulation of plaque that irritates the gums. Non-treatment of gum disease in the early stages results in periodontitis and may also advance to tooth loss.
Forceful brushing: A normal notion is that brushing with toothpaste is always good for your teeth. A few people are aware of the fact that it is abrasive in nature and overzealous brushing can cause your gums to bleed and can also brush away the protective dentine layer from your teeth.
Smoking or chewing tobacco: Even a child knows that cigarettes and tobacco are injurious for lungs but smoking leaves a terrible impact on your teeth as well. Smokers have more calculus (Tartar) on their teeth, which becomes the cause of gum diseases.
Hormones: Hormone receptors are rooted in gum tissues. Imbalance in certain hormone levels can cause gums to swell and gums reddening.
Vitamin K deficiency: Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting and its deficiency can cause gums to bleed.
Autoimmune disorders: Autoimmune disorders are disorders in which body’s self-immune system damages its own cells. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus are a few autoimmune disorders, which can also cause bleeding gums.
Leukemia: Leukemia is the bone marrow and WBC’s cancer and one of its characteristic features is bleeding gums.
Drugs: Certain drugs such as oral contraceptives, antidepressants, nasal sprays and anticoagulants may also cause bleeding gums.
Though bleeding gums’ disease can be prevented by basic oral hygiene and taking care of your eating and brushing habits, still it is often found that patients with bleeding gums suffer from some degree of gum disease. Hence, visiting a Periodontist (dentist who specializes in treatment of gum disease) or your dentist at priority is highly recommended in case one suffers from the disease to prevent any further damage. Apart from oral hygiene and medicinal products, increase of fruits and vegetables in one’s diet also help in strengthening gums and preventing the disease.
Gingivitis or bleeding gums can put you into mental stress, apart from the physical pain and discomfort involved. Why allow such a disease to pop up when it can easily be avoided with little regular care and caution. Keeping major causes of the disease in mind, it can be avoided or cured with minimal effort even with effective home remedies. Let’s first study the causes in brief and then some of the most effective home remedies that can help keep this embarrassing disease away:
Causes of gingivitis: Plaque, bacteria and food particles accumulation between the gums and the teeth is the major cause of bleeding gums. Though this might look a menial affair, the accumulation produces toxic elements. These elements cause the inflammation of the gums and result in painful gums, bleeding while brushing, red gums, swollen gums, tender gums, bad breath and bad taste in mouth. To our relief, gingivitis can be easily treated at home by following some natural remedies.
Effective home remedies for gingivitis
- The most effective home remedy to cure gingivitis is oral hygiene. Brushing twice regularly using herbal toothpaste and herbal mouthwash can nip it in the bud.
- One of the other effective natural home remedies to cure gingivitis is rubbing the gums with clove oil. There might be a burning sensation but it would surely cure the ailment. Chewing a piece of clove in the mouth is also helpful.
- Toothpaste containing mint, babool, neem and holy basil is the best solution to deal with gingivitis. Not only will it curb spreading of the infection, but will also reduce the visible swelling or inflammation.
- Gargling twice a day with lukewarm water with a pinch of salt in it also helps in treating gingivitis.
- Gargling with a solution of triphala concoction in lukewarm water is also beneficial in curing gingivitis.
- Aloe Vera has been proved helpful in treating gingivitis. Rubbing the Aloe Vera pulp inside the mouth a few times helps in curing the ailment.
- A blend of 2 tsp of white oak bark herbal powder, 1 tsp of myrrh herbal powder, ¾ tsp of peppermint leaves’ powder, 1/8 tsp of clove powder is considered best for a quick relief. Having 1 tablespoon of this blend every morning and night and rubbing this on the affected areas of the mouth helps a lot.
- A mixture of baking soda and water, if used in the place of toothpaste, heals the gums and also neutralizes the acidity of bacteria.
Apart from these home remedies, increase in the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables will also help fight the disease. Including foods rich in fiber and vitamin C and those that have low saturated fats in your diet will help. Cranberry juice has also been proved useful in treating gingivitis.