Things that can trigger bleeding gums

teeth health dentist smileAre your gums bleeding? Might you be suspecting that you have gum disease? Although gingivitis is a possibility, there are other things that trigger gum bleeding.

Key takeaways:

– If you use a hard-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth aggressively, you might tear your gums.

–  If you are a smoker and have bleeding gums, please get checked by a dentist.

– Using a toothbrush with hard or frayed bristles can injure your gums, causing bleeding.

If you are taking medication and experiencing bleeding, please consult your dentist. Also, avoid or minimise smoking.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.