10th September 2018
Gum disease: do your gums bleed when you brush?
Gum disease is a very common condition causing your gums to bleed, and become sore and swollen .
It is caused by a build-up of plaque and bacteria on your teeth which if not removed effectively can irritate your gums and lead them to bleed.
If it isn’t treated this can affect the bone that supports your teeth eventually causing your teeth to become loose and fall out.
Preventing gum disease
- Brush your teeth twice a day and clean in between your teeth, e.g. with floss or interdental brushes etc. Read more tips below.
- Visit your dentist or hygienist for a regular cleaning which can be done every 3 months if you suffer from it.
Oral Hygiene Tips:
- Use a small-headed brush and replace it every 3 months
- Brush twice a day for 2 minutes being careful not to apply too much pressure
- Angle your toothbrush towards the gum margin to remove the plaque effectively
- Use floss or interdental brushes to remove plaque from between the teeth once a day
- Use an approved antiseptic mouthwash, e.g. Listerine, Corsodyl Daily etc, every day
Visit our Hygienist on a Monday or Wednesday for a Scale and Polish and advice on how to manage and prevent gum disease