Gingival bleeding is the inflammation that occurs around the gums. It can sometimes be drug induced, in which case the use of anticoagulants, vitamin K or clot-dissolving thrombolytics may be responsible. Diseases such as haemorrhagic fever and diffuse haemorrhagic syndrome may also cause gingival bleeding, or result in other gum disorders like pyorrhoea. Finally, bleeding gums may also be caused by more serious disorders such as leukaemia, vitamin A deficiency and hepatic cirrhosis.
Gingivorrhagia or gingival bleeding can manifest itself by bleeding gums accompanied by pain and is noticeable by the presence of blood on the toothbrush after brushing. A patient suffering from gingival bleeding secretes plenty of saliva and often has foul-smelling breath. These symptoms may also be accompanied by ulcerated gums and mouth dryness. The teeth may also become loose and fragile. In some cases, the salivary glands may even start to swell up, with or without pain.
To alleviate spontaneous bleeding caused by brushing, opt for remedies such as Kalium bichromicum and Mercurius solubilis. To relieve malignant ulcerations that may occur in alcoholic or syphilitic patients, it is recommended to administer about 5 granules of Lachesis mutus 7 CH to the affected person every 3 hours, knowing that all intakes must be spaced out according to the symptoms’ evolution. It should also be noted that Kalium phosphoricum helps to provide effective treatment for gingival bleeding that affects elderly or asthenic patients.
If gingival bleeding is accompanied by dry mouth, canker sores and a bitter taste, it is recommended to take 5 granules of Nux vomica twice a day until improvement is noticed. If the gum has ulcers, is swollen and if the teeth have become very sensitive to temperature variations and food mastication, it will be necessary to resort to Ammonium carbonicum and Phosphoricum acidum. To treat gingival bleeding accompanied by inflamed gums, it is recommended to mix Baryta carbonica 1 to 3 CH with Baryta carbonica 9, 15 or 30 CH, taking care to space out the intakes. In low dilution, this remedy is used to stop the sclerotic progression, while in high dilution it can be used for the disorder’s long-term treatment.
Medical consultation is required when bleeding occurs repeatedly during brushing. The loss of teeth, the onset of pain at the gum level or the presence of fever are also warning signs that should not be disregarded. Swollen glands under the jaw or the presence of an indurated area in the mouth are all signs indicating that a medical consultation may be necessary.
• China Rubra
Good to know: Resorting to homoeopathic remedies helps to alleviate gum pain and treat ulcers affecting the mouth’s mucous membranes.