Bleeding gums could be a sign of a number of different health issues, although the most common reasons are plaque build up and gum disease. Maintaining a healthy oral regimen is the first step to treat bleeding gums. Aside from brushing and flossing daily, using a mouthwash that specifically fights against bacteria and gum disease can prevent your gums from bleeding as often.
The most effective mouthwash to treat bleeding gums contains chlorhexidine, also known as an anti-microbial agent which removes excess bacteria, according to Dr. Sebastian Ciancio, chairman of the Department of Periodontics at SUNY Dental School in Buffalo. Chlorhexidine gluconate rinse such as Peridex and Periogard are commonly prescribed to patients with gum disease to help decrease the amount of bacteria in their mouth. Like many prescriptions, Peridex and Perigard have been known to cause allergic reactions and some side effects. Mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine gluconate as an active agent requires a prescription from a physician.
The American Dental Association has a list of more than 100 different store brands and companies that carry acceptable over-the-counter mouthwashes. A key component of an over-the-counter mouthwash that treats bleeding gums is one with an antibacterial formula -- thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate and menthol -- that fights bad breath, plaque and gingivitis. Listerine is one of the best choices to effectively reduce plaque and gum disease, according to the ADA. By using an antibacterial mouthwash you can reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth by 75 percent.
An all-natural mouth wash may be the best option for you. More than half of Americans buy natural and organic products, according to a report published by The Hartman Group. Company's like Tom's of Maine have all types of natural hygiene products including a mouthwash that fights bacteria. Essential ingredients such as mint and citrus will ensure your natural mouthwash has antibacterial properties.
Finding the best mouthwash to treat bleeding gums is fairly simple. Brands such as Listerine and Tom's of Maine can be found in most grocery stores or health food stores. Even your local drug store such as CVS and Walgreens carry equivalent generic mouthwashes that can help fight against bleeding gums. Before purchasing any mouthwash, check for the American Dental Association seal to ensure its quality.