Every now and again my gums get sensitive, even bleed a little. Is this just a question of better dental hygiene? I give that quite a lot of attention, but it doesn’t seem to help.

Although adequate cleaning of teeth and gums is definitely important, there are still many different opinions as to what ‘adequate’ is.
Consider this, for example: brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth when you get up are great as a starter for the day – but these activities have a greater cosmetic than hygienic value.
Brushing the teeth well after breakfast is considerably more important.
Yes, it’s important to brush the teeth, massaging the gums at the same time, but flossing is another highly advisable activity.
The brush will always miss some spots where remains of food manage to ‘hide’ and start to rot, causing bad breath and sensitive gums.
There are three important supplements that are particularly effective for relieving the incidental sensitivity you describe: vitamin C, vitamin B2 and Q10.
Although a combination of all three is often required – just for a few days – ask yourself whether you really have consumed sufficient sources of vitamin C in the last week or so.
If in doubt, take 2-3 gr of vitamin C for 2-3 days.
If the sensitivity remains unchanged, take extra B2 and Q10 (2x 100 mg per day). Within 24 hours you should be able to notice a difference.
This is, of course, just a very rough guideline. Exactly how much of which supplement you actually need and for how many days is always a reason for testing.
And of course it’s crucial that you make an appointment with your dentist or dental hygienist if the sensitivity continues or worsens.

Another drug company myth

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What the drug companies do…
… is to create a new myth, that of ‘gum disease’. And of course, you must (!) use their product in order to ‘promote healthy gums’.
Yes, the active ingredient – chlorhexidine digluconate – may indeed help to stop bleeding by killing bacteria. But it’s a compound that’s totally foreign to the body and does nothing to alleviate symptoms at cause.

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