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There are many reasons why you may experience bleeding gums from something simple, like using the wrong technique when you brush or floss, or it could be a sign of a more serious issue such as a health condition you need to check out.
- You may have bleeding gums if you:
- Have gum disease that causes inflammation of the gums (gingivitis or periodontitis)
- Brush too hard or your toothbrush is too hard
- Just started a flossing routine and your gums aren't used to it yet
- Take certain medications, like blood thinners
- Have inflamed gums because you're pregnant (pregnancy gingivitis)
- Have dentures that don't fit well
- Faulty dental restorations
- Underlying medical condition such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn's disease
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, discuss this with your Dental Health Private Dental Clinic dentist or hygienist at your next review. If you are suffering inflammation or discomfort, don’t wait for your next review, give us a call on 02380 473 612 as soon as possible to get it checked out.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth - a sticky substance that contains bacteria. Some bacteria in plaque are harmless, but some are harmful for the health of your gums.
If you do not remove plaque from your teeth by brushing them regularly, it builds up, particularly under the gum line and hardens into tartar, which becomes more difficult to remove. Tartar can irritate your gums and lead to redness with bleeding, swelling and soreness.
Gingivitis can be prevented and often managed with a good oral hygiene regime. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day, rinse daily with an antibacterial mouthwash, and see your dentist regularly.
During your routine reviews and dental hygiene visits at Dental Health Private Dental Clinic we will address any early signs of gum disease, giving your teeth a thorough clean and remove any hardened plaque (tartar). We will also show you how to clean your teeth effectively to help prevent plaque building up in the future.
If you have an increased risk of developing gum problems (for example, you smoke or have diabetes), you may be advised to visit Dental Health Private Dental Clinic more often so your teeth and gums can be closely monitored.
If you don't take care of your gingivitis in its early stages, it can lead to a more progressive form of gum disease known as periodontal disease or periodontitis.
At this stage the original plaque build up has developed into a harder, more damaging substance known as tartar. Tartar is difficult to remove, hides under the gum line and contains more harmful bacteria. If tartar is not effectively removed, bacteria will develop further and start to damage the soft tissue around the gums, creating pockets between the gumline and the teeth. Once these pockets are formed, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the disease as they create hard to reach areas for bacteria to continue to develop.
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that, without treatment, can eventually destroy the bone that supports your teeth, leading to loose teeth or even tooth loss.
There are wider health risks associated with periodontitis too. The bacteria responsible for periodontitis can enter your bloodstream through gum tissue, possibly affecting other parts of your body. For example, periodontitis is linked with respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, coronary artery disease and problems controlling blood sugar in diabetes.
Signs of Periodontitis include:
- Gums bleed easily
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums pull away from the base of your teeth
- Bad breath and/or bad taste in your mouth
If you have Periodontitis you will need to regularly see the Dental Health Private Dental Clinic dental and hygiene team to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums and manage the condition. In some cases, surgery may need to be carried out, usually performed by a dental specialist in gum problems (periodontist).
When to see your dentist or hygienist
If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, you should discuss this with your Dental Health Private Dental Clinic dentist or hygienist at your next review. If, however you are suffering from painful, swollen gums, don’t wait for your next review. Give us a call on 02380 473 612 as soon as possible to get it checked out.
our dentist and/or hygienist will carry out a thorough dental examination to check the health of your gums. In some cases, a number of X-rays may be needed to check the condition of your teeth and jaw bone.
People are talking about us
The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to Dental Health Private Dental Clinic. In fact, we have built much of our practice on these valued, trusted recommendations over the years. Read our reviews to hear why our patients are recommending us…
The staff at the Dental Health Practice are fantastic. They are friendly, professional, helpful and caring. The practice is extremely well run and I would recommend the Dental Health Practice to anyone who is looking for a new dentist.
After being absent for some time, Sue and her team went out of their way to make sure my comfort was a priority, due to myself feeling anxious about my upcoming appointment. The practice, was very clean, fresh, modern and hygiene is always perfect!
I cannot praise this practice enough. My Mother (a non-patient with a big fear of dentists) needed an urgent extraction. The service from start to finish was faultless; everybody was friendly, caring and professional. My Mother came out with a big smile on her face, saying “they are all lovely and it is spotlessly clean” They made a big impression on her and will return if she needs more treatment. Thank you to all the team!
I am fairly new to The Dental Health Practice and I am so glad they were recommended to me! The reception staff and dental team are all very friendly, helpful and go the extra mile to help out. Nadeem and Paula fixed a broken tooth very efficiently and promptly and hygienist, Corinne and her assistant, have done a very thorough job of giving my teeth a super deep clean. Thank you to all. I will most definitely recommend.
I have required a lot of dental work and repairs, and Ingrid, Julie and the whole staff have been extremely helpful and accomodating. The practice is always very clean, and up to date with all Covid safety precautions. Couldn't be more at ease and happier with my treatment.
Nadeem and Paula enough. They were so kind and gentle and made me feel so reassured. Nadeem explained everything and Paula was lovely. So a very big thank you to you both. Although I need treatment next week i am not worried about it. Praise indeed.
This is a first class dental practice across the board in every thing they do..... Never been disappointed with the service or any member of the staff who are so friendly and always try to help.
I was totally amazed by the perfect job Dr Nadeem Rahi did on my tooth filling today it was totally painless and quick. I also was made to feel very at ease and impressed by the great atmosphere and professional work provided by Dr Nadeem Rahi and all the staff. A great many thanks to you and I look forward to my annual check ups :)
Extremely pleased with how my Dental appointment went today,felt perfectly safe with all the extra precautions the Practice has in place and very pleased with my pain free treatment. Maureen Monteith
Having used this practice for nearly 30 years, i have always received a gentle service from the friendly staff. Any issues are quickly resolved with a good number of treatment options. I would highly recommend this team.
Really fabulous dental practice. Filled me with confidence. Very friendly and professional. Wish I had found them 2 years ago. My Husband is now registered. I will definitely be recommending.
This is the first time I have been to a dentist since lockdown, and my first time at this practice. All the staff were very friendly and made me feel very safe, especially considering the current Covid situation. Janet (the hygienist) was very helpful and extremely knowledgeable, making my first hygiene experience an incredibly positive one! Janet's nurse, Jess, was very good as well as making me feel safe and well looked after. Overall, an excellent experience at the practice and will definitely be going back again.
As a 47 year old I was always pretty happy going to my NHS dentist until I started going private. What a difference!! I had my first hygiene appointment yesterday - I was educated like never before on how to prevent plaque build up and I had the best descale I've ever had. Back in 3 months to see how well I've maintained it. Thank you so much!
I have been a patient of the practice for over 30 years and in all that time I have been cared for like family. I cannot recommend this practice highly enough. Everyone at DHP is kind, caring, friendly and professional. My entire family are patients here and we would not go anywhere else. First class in every possible way.
Seen by Ingrid and Jen. Great service, 10/10 for cleanliness and preparation for Covid-19.
I have been a client here with Peter Watts as my dentist since 1983. My hygienist Janet Hayworth since 1990. Professional compassionate and empathic in their treatment made it easy for me to overcome childhood fear of the dentist. The Practice driven by Peter Watts has always been to ensure good dental health for which I remain truly grateful.
Artur Le Marquand
I would just like to thank Peter and his staff after having my tooth extracted. I am probably one of the worst nervous people when going to the dentist after a bad experience when I was younger. I was made very at ease from the time I walked into the practice.
can't find a good dentist in Scotland I may commute ! I have always found the whole team, caring and responsive. There is no pressure to have treatment, good advice is given and if something needed doing it was explained why. They seem to be driven by good customer service and prevention which was perfect for me.
Excellent, reliable, dental care with a personal touch. Very helpful for short-notice issues. Highly recommended.
I am over the moon with my lovely straight teeth! Thank you to all of the staff at this practice who made this happen, so very friendly and extremely helpful. I would highly recommend. Thanks again.
The best dental practise around, welcoming friendly reception staff, really knowledgeable and professional dental care and a wonderful hygienist. They worked with my son who had dental phobia from a previous bad experience at a different practice and he now goes to appointments without any fear, they really do go above and beyond.
How do I start , starting with 5 stars is the best way, you will not find a more happy friendly and helpful team the service is excellent from start to finish I'm the kind of person that when it comes to the Dentist I need my life managed, they do this for me they explain everything in as much detail as you require. We all know that from time to time the dentist is not everyone's favourite place but whole team will work to makes any experience you have as enjoyable as possible. Thank you again.
Feeling quite nervous regarding root canal treatment but felt completely at ease by Dr Pete Watt and Paula. Each step of my treatment was discussed with me, very professional and supportive service received. Thank you.
Cant recommend this dentist enough. I was told about the practice by a friend and having tried over 10 in the past few years I couldn’t believe how different it was to every other I’d been to.
I feel in safe hands when I have my appointments at the Dental Practice. Every member of the team give genuine friendly service. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!
As a 'terrified of the dentist' person who hasn't been for many years, I had to go today with serious toothache. I found this dental practice online and they squeezed me in. I've always been sedated in the past but that wasn't an option for me today and I just wanted the pain to go away. I was treated by Ingrid and her nurse, whose name I can't remember (so sorry because you were so kind). Ingrid was fantastic and put me at ease. She was kind and patient, even when I cried before I actually sat in the chair!
My family and my extended family have been seeing Peter and Janet for over 20 years and we will continue to. I cannot recommend them highly enough for their professional and gentle approach to dentistry.
Sam B Kemp
Brilliant dental practise, been with them for years and have always found the service personal and efficient. Lovely staff.
Extremely Happy. Brilliant staff and Pete is a legend!!! I’m Going to spend the rest of the day looking at my new teeth in the mirror!! Thanks again everyone.
The Dental Health Practice in west End, Southampton is an exemplary example of how a dental practice should be run. They all know their stuff and are friendly and accommodating - myself having been 40 years a patient says that it's good, very good!
Been looked after by Pete and Janet for about 12 years now. If you're a little nervous of dentists, this is the practice to go to. They know loads of little tricks and in all my time with a crown, fillings and a full brace I've never been in pain once. Fantastic, friendly, professional team. All the state of the art equipment is in there and they advise and ease your mind the whole way. As I always think, you get what you pay for, in this case; pain free & a much healthier & prettier smile.
Quite simply, the best ..... I'm moving to Ireland soon but I will not change my dental practice!!!
The best dentist i've ever been to. Helped me with issues caused by another dentist, Drs are so kind and caring. Hygienist again fab sense of humour and gets the work done. Receptionists always happy and chatty. I totally recommend this practice, if you want to feel safe happy and cared for at a practice then this is the one for you!
I have been with this dental practice for just over five years now and cannot fault the service. The reception staff are always friendly and welcoming, they manage to make me feel at ease (I am a bit of a nervous patient) before I even go in for my appointment. Pete, my dentist has done wonders with both mine and my daughters teeth.
I have been extremely well cared for by Dr. Peter Watt and his remarkable team over the past 25 years. Highly recommended!
Excellent service and helpful staff.