As someone who has suffered from gum bleeding pretty much my whole adult life, I know a thing or two about this malady and have successfully nipped it in the bud.
SO, WHY DO OUR GUMS BLEED? (And more importantly, how can we stop it?)
This is the number one (#1) reason why our gums bleed. We're lazy to floss. Contrary to what most people believe, brushing your teeth regularly doesn't help when it comes to bleeding gums. Neither does the type of toothpaste help! (Many of the toothpastes only have a chemical that numbs certain nerves- thus "desensitizing" the pain.)
(2) POOR NUTRITION
Many of us may "look" healthy but still be nutritionally deficient. Today's fast-food diets are making us put on weight but not providing the essentials to our organs and overall system. Don't only think of what will directly affect your teeth either like starches (fries) and sugars (so much of our food and drinks). Bleeding gums actually point to systemic issues.
People seldom include this as the reason for gum disease- but its one of the main causes as smoking causes faster tartar and plaque build-up, not to mention bad breath, staining of teeth and a host of other health issues to the rest of the body.
My dentist gave me this. Chlorhexidine alters the permeability of the cell membrane of the bacteria, causing the cell to leak, which eventually kills it. Note: Chlorhexidine is available by prescription only. It causes staining and is bad for you. I would decline this unless you have heavily bleeding gums.
If you have seriously advanced periodontitis (gum disease) you may need a dentist to stitch your gums back into place to fit more snugly around your teeth and prevent bacteria pooling (because of food dropping in and can't be flossed out) in the gum pockets. Sometimes, in really really bad cases, a dentist will graft your healthy skin into the diseased area.-
LONG TERM HEALTH:
(1) FLOSS DAILY
What will truly help, (100% guarantee!) is FLOSSING DAILY. Getting the gunk out from in between your teeth (deadly festering bacterial pools) is absolutely essential, especially when you are over 30. You shouldn't just floss in between also, floss the tooth itself as well by running the string over the tooth. When I first did this, all gum bleeding stopped within one week.
(2) BRUSH YOUR GUMS
In addition to brushing your teeth, you should brush or massage your gums as well. Oh yeah, apparently, generations of us have been taught to brush wrongly- using the back and forth motion as opposed to the circular motion- which is actually the method that cleans.
(3) STOP EATING JUNK FOOD
Packed with sugar and starches that bacteria love (and is harmful to our overall health), junk food is the main culprit for many periodontal diseases today. Not only because we eat it, but because it keeps us from eating the healthy stuff too.
(4) VITAMIN C
Apart from helping keep our gums healthy, Vitamin C also helps the rest of our bodily functions. Vitamin C makes our gum tissues stronger and prevents them from receding. Taking 1000 mg a day (for adults) is a good maintenance dose. Less than that, you won't see the difference.