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A dental practice doesn’t just look at your teeth, we pay attention to your gums too. Gums are often overlooked in home dental care, but they’re an important part of your dental health. Here at Down House Dental Practice, we want to share to valuable information on the meaning of bleeding gums, unhealthy gum symptoms you might be noticing, and how to best promote the health of your gums.

What causes bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums are common because they’re a sign of gum disease, something nearly every adult in the UK has experienced to some degree or another. If you see little red or pink fleck in your toothpaste when you spit it into the sink or taste a metallic tang, then you’re probably experiencing some form of gum disease. Bleeding gums and gum disease are caused by the inadequate removal of plaque through neglecting to brush and floss properly. Plaque contains bacteria which rest atop the gum line, irritating it and causing infection. They become red, irritated, inflamed, and sensitive. This inflammation and trauma may cause them to bleed during brushing and flossing, and it’s actually one of the first signs of gingivitis or gum disease.

Does gum disease affect your teeth?

Gum disease does affect your teeth, because if left untreated it can cause them to become unstable. Irritated gums will often recede from the teeth they support, creating pockets for more plaque to manifest in and possibly trigger the onset of decay and cavities. When the gum begins to pull away from the teeth, it withdraws its support and reveals lower parts of the tooth, threatening its stability. When left to its own devices, plaque develops into tartar which is much harder to remove and more endangering to your natural teeth. You could be risking a serious gum or tooth root infection and even losing the tooth altogether.

How to prevent gum disease

Preventing gum disease is as simple as cleaning your teeth properly at home. Brushing twice a day is essential to your teeth, but many people overlook the need for flossing at the end of the day too. Flossing removes food debris and plaque between the teeth that otherwise would be left to sit against the surfaces, including the gums. Regular appointments with your dental hygienist are also important, but again this is an important part of visiting the dentist that is overlooked. Dental hygiene professionals are trained to spot the warning signs of gum disease, even if you’re not experiencing bleeding gums yet, and they can provide treatments and advice on how to prevent it.

Symptoms of gum disease

As well as bleeding gums, there are different symptoms of gum disease you should be aware of. The early stages of gum disease are known as gingivitis, which involves sensitivity, light bleeding, and possibly bad breath. Your gums may also be swollen and red at this stage, too. When left untreated, gingivitis develops into periodontitis or periodontal disease – the more formidable stages of gum disease. These symptoms manifest in very unpleasant breath, a foul taste in your mouth, unstable teeth that wobble, and possibly even gum abscesses. If you’re noticing gum recession, you might be in this later stage.

Gum disease is preventable, which is the most frustrating part about how many UK adults it affects. Properly maintained cleaning habits, regular dental hygienist visits, and knowing the warning signs are the ideal ingredients to preventing its occurrence or worsening. Get in touch to book an appointment with our dental hygienist in Sussex, call us or simply enquire online today.

Why Choose Down House Dental Practice for Dental Hygiene Services?


Expert Hygienists

Our skilled and experienced hygienists provide top-notch care and preventive advice.

Comprehensive Cleanings

We offer thorough dental cleanings, removing plaque and tartar for optimal oral health.

Personalised Care

Tailored hygiene plans address your unique needs and goals.

Advanced Technology

We use state-of-the-art equipment for efficient and comfortable cleanings.


Enjoy quality dental hygiene services starting from just £72.


Conveniently schedule hygiene appointments to fit your busy lifestyle.
Down House Dental Practice - Dentist in Steyning Sussex

What Our Patients Say

Based on 62 reviews
Lucy MacDonald
Lucy MacDonald
Highly recommended this Practice. They are great with my kids and have been looking after us as a family for almost 10 years now. Had my first hygienist appointment yesterday and I was very impressed. Professional, kind and flexible Practice with great staff.
whp Jesse
whp Jesse
The dentist and dental nurse were very helpful, friendly and efficient.
Stephanie Grant
Stephanie Grant
I can't speak highly enough of Down House dental practice. The whole staff is excellent and I have had brilliant treatment there.
Pete Evans
Pete Evans
Had nothing but positive experiences. Learned more about dental hygiene here than any of the previous practises I've been to.
Katie Mason
Katie Mason
This review is for Tesh the hygenist. I honestly can't recommend Tesh more highly. He is incredibly thorough and clearly knows what he's doing. Tesh is so good I have upped the amount of times I see him to every four months rather than every six. He keeps detailed notes of every visit so he can carefully track how I'm doing and help me target specific areas of concern. As I am getting older keeping my gums healthy becomes more important as I really want to keep as many teeth as possible in old age! Tesh is always upbeat, very encouraging and also keen to know how I and my family are doing.
Steve Handerer
Steve Handerer
Good dentist, well organised. Dental plan helps with cost.
Nigel Abbott
Nigel Abbott
Needed an emergency appointment, ,managed to get me seen and sorted within 2hrs, excellent service, very professional staff, fees very reasonable, all in all a pleasant experience under the circumstances
Graham Cooper
Graham Cooper
Dr Ali was very good with giving me advice about my tretment for a broken tooth. I would recommend him as a dentist.

How to Find Us in Steyning, Sussex

We are conveniently located at 📍17 Church Street, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3YB📍You can access our expert dental services by car or by  public transportation with ease.

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