Bleeding Gums

Bleeding Gums

At Holbrooks Dental Care, we’re passionate about preserving the health of your teeth and your mouth as a whole. As you would with a sensitive or cracked tooth, if you notice anything amiss with your mouth, such as bleeding gums, it’s imperative that you get in touch so we can determine the cause and give you the treatment you need. You wouldn’t ignore bleeding on any other part of our body, so don’t ignore bleeding of your gums.

While generally painless, bleeding could be a sign of gum disease or even just hormonal changes during pregnancy. In either case however, it is important to seek advice and treatment to preserve the health of your mouth.

Gum disease is a common condition that can cause bad breath and sore, swollen or bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can eventually lead to tooth loss. It can also affect your overall health, with links now established between gum disease, heart disease, diabetes and strokes. The key to ensuring your optimum oral health is to maintain a thorough regime for both teeth and gums. That’s why regular visits to your dentist are so important.

  • The most common cause of bleeding gums and gum disease is bad oral hygiene, however certain groups are more at risk. Women and teenage girls are more at risk of developing gum disease because of the many hormonal changes they experience such as puberty, the menopause, as well as taking oral contraceptives and having monthly periods. During all of these times, the body experiences hormonal changes that make gums sensitive. During pregnancy, a woman experiences a whole nine months of hormonal changes which make the gums much more sensitive than usual and more susceptible to bleeding – a well-known, common ailment experienced during pregnancy.

  • Smoking increases bacterial plaque whilst reducing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the gums. It also generates free radicals that delay the healing process, making the gums more susceptible to infection. Research shows that smoking causes 50% of all gum disease cases.

  • People often think it is normal for their gums to bleed when brushing or using interdental brushes but it is almost always a sign of gum disease. Other common symptoms that should not be ignored are loose teeth, gum recession, increased tooth sensitivity, bad tastes, bad breath and drifting teeth.

What Happens Next?

If you’re thinking of joining Holbrooks Dental Care and would like to arrange an initial appointment, we invite you to please call us on 024 7636 6115, or email us at We look forward to meeting you and helping to preserve your smile.

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