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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 Newcastle Dental Practice 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 01782 616178 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 Newcastle Dental Practice 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 Newcastle Dental Practice 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 Newcastle Dental Practice 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 Newcastle Dental Practice 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 01782 616178 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.
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The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to Newcastle Dental Practice. 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…
Love this place! The team are so professional and caring yet seem to have good fun which really puts me at ease! The girl on reception with the curly blonde hair is so helpful and friendly I would recommend this practice to anyone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Always a warm welcome. Dr. Liza & Laura very patient with the job at hand and did incredible. Thank you.
Professional service, easy to book. Best thing is that Dr. Elizabeth made me feel comfortable from start to finish. I would say I come back, but I do not necessarily want to. :D
I want to say a huge thank you to Dr. Elizabeth, she is a great doctor and a very professional. She has magical hands. Sincerely, Russian Max
Just had a scale snd polish carried out by Jenna and Molly. It was so lovely to get treatment from people who seemed to take pride in their work and genuinely care about the patient. Thank you
I don't have words enough to describe my experience here,everything was to superlative starting with lovely nurses from reception,a very warm wellcome,very helpful,pleasant presences,I had a tooth extraction and Dr Teddy,was amazing,I didnt feel any pain,everything was going in a high standard of professionalism,congratulations to all team a well done to everyone!!!I definitely come back with a good confidence!
Friendly, helpful staff and outstanding service throughout. I'm very glad I chose this practice upon moving to the area and will continue to use them in the time I live here. Would highly recommend.
After years of hiding my smile and being ashamed of the state of my teeth, caused by a bad accident in a swimming pool at 9 years old and a life long MAJOR fear of dentists and lack of sleep for even a check up, these guys have totally transformed me. I can smile openly now and have not had a single worry of going to the dentist despite all of the work they have done over the last 3 months, safe to say they have cured my fear and i would, and have already recommended them to several people. I cannot rate you all highly enough. Thank you to every single one of you at the practice for literally changing my life!!
I joined this practice a few months ago. They are very professional and caring. Their expertise extends to enhanced specialist skills which are very impressive and as I was very much in need of a course of treatment I have experienced treatment from Drs Alka, Emily and Vish - all excellent and highly recommended. Thank-you.
Absolutely fantastic dental practice. Highly recommended. I moved here a few months ago. Dr Alka and her staff are brilliant.
EXCELLENT! got me in within a couple of days, fast service. god rid of the problem within seconds.
Excellent treatment from Dentist Dr. Emily and Nurse Sophie Ellis-Beeston. Lovely atmosphere (do you call it bedside manner at a Dentist?) Definitely the most painless Dentist I have ever visited and I could not recommend them more.
They are incredible. Truly. They could not be more kind and efficient. I could not recommend more highly.
Wouldn't go anywhere else. Alka and her team are so accommodating and friendly.
Had two implants by Kris exellent professional service, could not be more happier. And thank you Alka for your smile and frendliness.Yvonne
I am in my sixties and have been a client for about two and a half years. I have always been apprehensive of dentists due to childhood painful experiences. I had also always been aware of my bad breath which knocked my confidence every day. I could never understand it as I cleaned and flossed my teeth regularly and rigorously. I thought the reason behind my bad breath was due to me having 'rotten' tonsils as a result of many throat infections and tonsillitis bouts as a child. I even paid, some years ago, to see a consultant gastroenterologist at the nuffield hospital for help and advice. I even considered, (stupidly - I know), drinking diluted bleach to clean the back of my throat so I could speak to people with confidence without holding my hand over my mouth or chewing gum all the time. I visited Newcastle Dentist following an advert I heard on the local radio. My bottom teeth were crooked and my top could have been straighter. Thank goodness I did!! I saw Dr Alka Nathwani. She ex-rayed all around my mouth. She said that the reason for my bad breath was the fact that I had crooked wisdom teeth which needed to come out immediately. She said that no amount of brushing would have been able to remove all the built up tartar which had accumulated around those wisdom teeth throughout the years. She emailed the hospital, there and then, whilst I was with her to ask for me to be referred as a national health patient. The removal of the wisdom teeth needed general anaesthetic. Within 3 months my teeth were out. My bad breath was gone forever! With regard to my crooked teeth - she arranged for me to wear Invisalign braces, which I paid for over an interest free period. I am nearing the end of this procedure and my teeth look amazing. I have received personal observation from Dr Alka at every appointment during this time. I visit the hygienist (Jenna) every six months. Before, at my previous dentist, a check up and clean would take about 5 minutes. Now my check up and clean takes up to 45 minutes. I leave the chair feeling refreshed and valued. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Alka from the bottom of my heart and also her staff - from the helpful, pleasant and professional receptionists, through to all the dental nurses. Throughout our life we all take our professionals for granted because we either pay for their service directly (private medicine) or indirectly (our national health service) but when we receive good service which in my opinion, in this case, has surpassed all expectations I would personally like to thank Dr Alka Nathwani for changing my life for ever.
Absolutely SUPERB service!! Couldn’t recommend highly enough. Couldn’t have been more helpful- has completely eased my nerves on going to the dentist. Alka and her colleagues were fantastic.
Absolutely amazing!! I truly hate the dentist and always fear going, if you are looking for a dentist to make you feel as comfortable as possible this is defo the one. Extremely friendly staff who are willing to invest their time by explaining in detail how to get the best from your teeth without lecturing you, they also explain what they are going to do. I had to have a filling and didn’t feel any pain at all, the aftercare is amazing and they will help anyone in any situation. Very very highly recommended.
29th November 2017
Everyone from the receptionists to the dental staff are all very friendly and professional.
I am terrified of the dentist and suffer with anxiety as it is, my whole body was shaking the entire car journey, but once I was there the woman were so friendly and completely calmed me down (They are like a big family and they are all happy and upbeat), they spoke to me throughout the procedure so I knew what to expect, and I'm honestly looking forward to my next appointment !!! These guys are experts.
Always put you at ease, never feel any pain not even injections, very caring x
Signed up as my current Dentist has shut down and I got an appointment that was convienient for me. I am quiet nervous when it comes to Dentist but i was treated brilliantly. Dr Alka Nathwani was very friendly and professional and talked me through everything that was going on which made it alot easier. Great place, Friendly staff, Good price. I would recommend. :)