Does anyone have gums that get inflamed and bleed easily, that's not related to poor dental hygiene and plaque buildup? For the past few years my gums bleed very easily when flossing, sometimes when brushing. Occasionally I get sensitive areas on them that go away after a few days. I feel the symptoms may be hormone related, as there are certain times in my cycle that my gums are more symptomatic than others. I've tried looking it up on the computer but I mostly find information about gingivitis/bleeding gums due to plaque/poor hygiene.
I brush twice a day and floss every night. My gums usually bleed at least a little each night when I floss, sometimes more. Also they ache after I floss, again some times worse than others. My dentists always comment on how much my gums bleed during regular dental visits, but say my teeth are in very good condition and there's no plaque buildup. The dental practice I go to is large, with several dentists, and I'm usually not with the same hygenist/dentist each time I go, so each time I get some different advice. One suggested I switch to an electric toothbrush, which I did about a year ago. It did help a lot but didn't resolve the issue. This last visit a different dentist prescribed a "magic mouthwash" for me to try, but I never got it filled because I was a bit wary of the ingredients. I've used the same toothpaste for several years (Trader Joe's brand), because as a teen and young adult, using commercial brands of toothpaste would cause my gums to slough off! Literally I would run my finger over my gums after brushing and pull a slimy layer of my gums off. I'm in the process of trying some natural mouthwash from the HFS (I can't remember the name, something like Dentist's Choice?) that says it's for bleeding gums. In the past I've avoided most commercial mouthwashes due to them inflaming my gums. I've tried making my own mouth rinses with salt water, and with hydrogen peroxide, and both of those really get my mouth inflamed.
What else could be causing this, and what else can I try to treat it? What I really want to do is find the cause of the problem instead of just trying to treat the symptoms. I appreciate any suggestions or advice. Thanks!