Bleeding gums

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.

Common Causes

  • 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 Cedar Dental Care 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 01635 867979 or 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 Cedar Dental Care 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 Cedar Dental Care 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 Cedar Dental Care 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 Cedar Dental Care 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 01635 867979 or 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.

Patient Reviews

People are talking about us

The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to Cedar Dental Care. 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…

Patient reviews

25 Reviews


Ray MacDonald

A first-class practice.


Peter Starr

Highly competent and professional dental staff and treatment.


Dean Murphy

Been a nervous and reluctant patient for over 25 years. The new dentist Patrick Bannister is excellent. Recent root canal treatment and a couple of fillings done with good explanations throughout, understanding and skill.


Ian Best

Excellent Dental service 2nd to none customer service


Kana Sasitharan

Excellent care and service, me are my family are with Cedar Dental for over 14 years.


dean farrow

Amazing, awesome, exceptional, caring, understanding and just an incredible dental practice, i had a fear of dentists had not seen one in many years, literally first time back in the chair and thought here we go - far from it kindness and consideration Roy was just incredible a legend in these parts i am told i now know why and Sonia who works with him as incredible, the best team ever. Its not about saying thankyou, its saying when is the next appointment something i thought i would never say lol not to forget great people on reception too focused and totally professional, honestly i cant say enough about this practice, tell you for why i had total teeth extraction at the start all of em, this practice will put all that is wrong to right just over the moon with the experience. Thank you all.


John Baston

Always very kind, professional and quick to respond to my needs. I cannot recommend them enough.


Simon Ryder

Have been a patient of Cedar Dental Care for many years. I find the team very courteous and sympathetic me as an individual. Treatment has always been performed with to a high standard. Would not hesitate to recommend.


Jen Scott

Calm, caring and professional through and through.


Edward Jones

First-rate dental practice across the board. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else. Superb.


Martin Moran

Great dental practice. Dental team are caring and consideration



A fantastic, friendly, efficient dental service. Highly recommended.



We see Abi Dundas. This dentist is knowledgeable, friendly and professional and we have complete confidence in her to look after our oral health.


catherine brookes

Had a prompt call to go and have my teeth checked. Very thorough checking and cleaning. Then had an x-ray of all my teeth. Mouth rinsing. Then booked a further appointment.


Philip Newman

Excellent level of care provided by the whole team - efficient, professional, caring and thorough treatment from the clinical side, and a welcoming, prompt and helpful interaction with the reception team - highly recommended


Jyotveer Gill

I had an exceptional experience on my first visit. The facilities were accessible and all staff were wonderful. Dr Obhrai was wonderful. He was very thoughtful and gentle when resolving several issues with my teeth. I was impressed how he kept me informed throughout the procedure, explaining complex treatments in an easy to understand way. His assistant wictoria was also great. 5 stars and hope not to be back (considering great treatment and advice) but if I am, I know I am in good hands! Highly recommended!!


Chandni Simi Dave

My husband has been a patient to this dental practice and been very happy. Today we took our daughter for the first time and we couldn’t be happier. Our very nervous 5 year old really enjoyed her first proper check up and was made to feel at ease by Abbey (the dentist) and the wonderful dental nurse. They are both so so kind and really good at their work too. The staff at reception are also very nice and helpful too. Highly recommend this practice, it’s clean, great staff and thorough check up.


Arthur Dibble

Good covid protection. Professional service.


James Cox

"I am very pleased with the service Ceder Dental Care have provided for me over the last year, especially Rebecca Law who has been extremely helpful in guiding me through my Invisalign journey. From start to finish she was very professional, knowledgeable and helpful in advising me the correct treatment for my teeth, and the end result looked brilliant. I couldn't recommend her and Ceder Dental Care more.


Sonia Lewington

Only dentist to use very competent but not cheap or NHS


dave pritchard

Excellent service as always. Covid arrangements were very well thought out and applied. I felt safe at all times. Friendly and polite - always are!! Thanks. 10/10


Terry Davis

Great caring staff, and dentist. A very happy practice, it's all about preventative dentistry, & they do operate their own dental insurance. We have been patient here for over 30 years


lucie thompson

Friendly staff, and amazing with nervous patience, brilliant service


jenny davies

I have been going to cedar dentist for 20 years. I am a very nervous patient and sadley had to have a filling today. It was the first meeting with my new dentist today. I was put at ease and felt unrushed. Thankyou for your patience ,both dentist and dental nurse were brilliant. Worth the 2 hour drive. Excellent service as always.


Richard Levy

Friendly surgery. Good dentists who don't do unnecessary work. Evening appointments available. Private prices are generally reasonable and quotes are always given first.

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