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September 12, 2023 4 min read

Good oral health is essential for your overall well-being. When your gums start to bleed, it can be a warning sign of potential gum disease or other underlying gum issues that may impact your oral health. If you notice your gums bleeding while brushing, or flossing, whether with a traditional flosser or water flosser, or when eating, don’t ignore it. Instead, find some effective home remedies, if any, to safeguard your gum health.
Keep reading to discover some effective remedies to help you address bleeding gums and maintain optimal gum health.


1. Try Gum Massage for Bleeding Gums

One of the reasons early gum diseases progress to severe cases like periodontal is because your body loses its ability to clot due to inflammation. Massaging your gums can stimulate blood flow in the gum tissue, reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Still, the key to making this work is to apply gentle pressure. Using too much pressure or aggressive motions can further irritate the gums and potentially worsen the bleeding. To massage your gum,


  • Clean your hands before you start. Alternatively, use a specialized gum massager.
  • Apply light touches and gently massage the gum in circular motions for 5 to 10 minutes daily.

If you experience pain or increased bleeding while massaging, stop and consult a dentist.


2. Salt Water Rinse

This technique is one of the oldest home remedies for gum diseases. Research suggests that rinsing the mouth with salt water solution not only prevent gum bleeding but can also help heal oral ulcer.
Saltwater is a natural disinfectant. When you use them, their natural anti-inflammatory properties will help reduce the inflammation, swelling, and tenderness you often experience with gum bleeding. Its anti-inflammatory property means bacteria won’t be able to thrive in your mouth and on the gums.

The best part is salt water can also draw out toxins and debris from the gums and between teeth thanks to its disinfecting properties. To prepare your saline solution:

  • Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash after brushing and flossing
  • Swish the solution around your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out.


3. Oil Pulling for Bleeding Gums

Like salt water rinse, oil pulling is a traditional medical (often called Ayurvedic medicine) remedy for bleeding gums. In fact, this technique is similar to salt water rinse because you have to swish the solution in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes before spitting it out.
However, unlike salt water rinse where you mix salt and water, you need coconut oil or sesame oil to make your oil-pulling remedy work effectively. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has potential antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that contribute to better gum health. On the other hand, sesame oil contains antioxidants that might help reduce plaque.


4. Use Herbal Remedies

Certain herbs also have natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can benefit gum health. For instance, aloe vera gel has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that can soothe inflammation, while chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties that promote gum healing.

On the other hand, tea tree oil can be used as a mouthwash to reduce bacteria, thanks to its anti-microbial properties. Diluted cloves, echinacea, sage, and licorice root may also be some good home remedies for gum disease. Just make sure you choose herbal remedies you are not sensitive to and avoid taking herbal remedies during pregnancy.


5. Use a Water Flosser for Gum Bleeding

Water flossers can also be an effective addition to your oral hygiene routine and may help prevent bleeding gums and gum disease. This oral irrigator uses a stream of water to clean between your teeth and along the gumline. They are also gentler on sensitive gums compared to traditional flossing. The gentle pulsating action of a water flosser can stimulate blood circulation in the gums while reducing inflammation and promoting gum health.

Still, when using a water flosser, start with a lower pressure and gradually increase it until you find a comfortable level that effectively cleans without causing discomfort or bleeding. Also, use proper techniques. Hold the tip of the water flosser at a 90-degree angle to your gumline. Gently trace along the gum line, and target the spaces between your teeth to remove debris and stimulate the gums.


6. Increase Vitamin C Intake

Vitamin C can also be an effective home remedy for gum disease. It is the key nutrient required to form collagen, a protein that helps support the structure of your gums and other connective tissues in the body. Adequate vitamin C intake can help strengthen blood vessels in the gums and promote their overall health. To ensure you get the right amount o vitamin your body needs, consider incorporating vitamin C-rich foods like oranges, strawberries, kiwi, and bell peppers into your diet.


Ultimately, Practice Good Oral Hygiene for Improved Gum Health


While this tip may come last in this guide, practicing good oral hygiene is an essential step no one should forego. Why? Good oral hygiene addresses the root causes of bleeding gums. The question you need to ask is, what is good oral hygiene?

Brushing the teeth at least twice daily (morning and night) using soft-bristled toothbrushes and fluoride toothpaste can classify as good oral hygiene, but that’s not all. While caring for your teeth through brushing and flossing techniques, you should use proper techniques to avoid irritating the gums. Also, abstaining from food like carbohydrates containing sugar, quitting smoke and tobacco intake, and eating nutritional diets that provide the vitamins required to promote gum health classify as good oral hygiene.