about gums bleeding: sometimes my hygenist/periodontist would check on my gums (I have a long history of paradontosis), and they did not lke when gums were not bleeding in certain places. The answer to my question was that if the gums are deteriorated too much they stop bleeding, so they advised me to massage them to get blood going. So in that case it was a good thing to see gums bleeding. You could check with your doctor.
I'm a newbie, do it the second week (with VCO). I think, plaque goes away, and I had 2 small growths on my left cheek - one is gone, another is so small I barely feel it.