Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
My gums bleed when I brush my teeth, except right after a visit to the dentist. What would you recommend I do?
A: Bleeding gums can be caused by a bioflavonoid deficiency. You can help by taking bioflavonoids in supplemental form and eating fruits, like oranges, that are rich in bioflavonoids. Massaging the gums with tonic oil consisting of wintergreen oil, eucalyptus, and peppermint can also be helpful.
When you go to the dentist, they do an excellent job of cleaning your teeth and gums. However, the root cause of your bleeding gums lies within your body. A healthy diet and adequate rest is important for you. Keep stress levels at a minimum. Drink at least 60 ounces of room temperature pure water daily.
If the tonic oil and bioflavacoids are not helpful, I suggest you arrange a visit with a licensed practitioner to discuss your condition and obtain a specific treatment. To look for a licensed TCM practitioner in your area and for more information on TCM and acupuncture go on www.acupuncture.com.