Quite often you might have noticed, when you take a bite into a fruit, there is a red patch at the bitten part. Or, when you brush your teeth and spit out, there is some amount of blood in the washbasin. This sudden out spurt of blood from the gums medically termed as bleeding gums is one of the most common problems affecting the dental cavity. Also Read: Gum Disease: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Ayurveda, the holistic science of medicine terms this painful condition as Sheetada, a type of Danta Moolagata Roga. According to ayurveda, the chief causative factor of bleeding gums is due to vitiation of the Pitta Doshas in the body. When the liver is in an inactive state, the Pitta doshas which are evenly distributed throughout the body start moving towards one common direction, causing accumulation of excess pitta. The excessive pitta in the gums fails to hold the blood in the surrounding blood vessels ultimately causing bleeding gums. In certain cases, it can also aggravate the Kapha doshas causing bacterial infection in the teeth and gums.

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Medically, the chief causes of bleeding gums are usually due to poor oral hygiene, trench mouth, periodontitis, gum disease, gingivitis, poorly fitted dentures, hormonal imbalance, dry mouth, vitamin deficiency, tobacco addiction, and certain underlying diseased condition and medications. Bleeding gums is usually diagnosed presence of blood while brushing or spitting, pus oozing from the gums, bad breath, painful swollen gums, loose, shaky, and sensitive teeth and difficulty while eating.
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Ayurveda usually suggests a complete Sodhana procedure (i.e. purification) of the body by mild Vamana (i.e. emesis) and Mridu Virechana (i.e. purgation), which helps in bringing down the Vata and Kapha doshas into normalcy. Another way of mitigating the doshas in the gums is by Kavala and Gandusha procedure (i.e. mouth gurgling by using medicated oils and washes)

Home Remedies Of Bleeding Gums

Clove oil

The presence of the bioactive component Eugenol in Clove oil bestows it with strong germicidal properties. This oil offers a powerful remedy in treating bleeding gums, toothache, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, sore gums, etc. Owing to its aromatic properties, it is also beneficial in curbing bad breath. Also Read: 5 Surprising Ways Clove Oil Based Products Heal Your Body

Just dab a small piece of moistened cotton into the clove oil and place it all over the gums to reduce pain and inflammation.


The powder of Glycyrrhiza glabra roots containing the bioactive components liquorice and lycoricidine is extremely beneficial in inhibiting the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. Not only does it help in treating bleeding gums and healing minor wounds but also helps in cleansing the mouth, enhancing salivation by improving secretions in the gastrointestinal tract.

Brush your teeth with the Yashtimadhu or mulethi root powder to combat bleeding gums and prevent tooth decay.


Triphala is a concoction of 3 important ayurvedic herbs which are Amalaki, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki, each having unique beneficial properties of its own. But the antimicrobial and astringent properties of this herbal powder or juice are extensively used for treating a wide-range of gum diseases including bleeding gums, plaque build-up, and periodontitis.

Add a spoonful of triphala powder in warm water and gargle with it 3-4 times a day to keep bleeding gums and other dental problems at bay.


This wonder yellow powder obtained from the Curcuma longa plant is an absolute herbal remedy to almost all infectious conditions. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of the bioactive ingredient curcumin not only treat bleeding gums but also facilitates wound healing and prevent swollen gums and other tooth infections.

Apply a pinch of turmeric directly onto the gums and massage the area for about a minute to heal gum bleeding.

Guava Leaf

Imbued with potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, guava leaves offer a quick and easy remedy to treat bleeding gums right at home. Be it swollen gums, or gingivitis, these leaves play a crucial role in maintaining good oral hygiene.

Just boil a few leaves in water and rinse your mouth with it or make a paste of the leaves and apply it on the bleeding gums to get quick relief.