Plenty of people put heaps of time and effort into cleaning their teeth and dental hygiene to deal with bleeding gums, but it doesn’t always resolve the problem. In these cases lifestyle factors that cause ‘heat’ (which rises) are involved. Here are some behaviours that create heat: stress and strong emotions; excessive consumption of hot food (‘hot’ refers to an energetic quality not temperature), smoking, overwork, and juggling too many projects at the same time; also sleep deprivation, lack of rest, anger, frustration, jealousy and worry. These things impact on the functioning of your stomach and the heat rises up along the stomach meridian. As this meridian travels around the gums, the heat can push blood out and the result is bleeding gums. Add lifestyle changes to dental hygiene and you will be treating the cause and the symptom.