A question we are often asked is ” I noticed that my gums some times bleed when I brush….. am I brushing too hard?”

Usually the answer to this question is no…. the bleeding occurs because on that given occasion you have managed to reach an area of your mouth that has not been reached for a few days. Generally bleeding gums indicate that there may be some level of gum disease present. At best this is something called gingivitis which means that the gums are inflamed. Gingivitis is usually due to a build up of plaque in a  hard to reach area.  When you give your teeth an extra thorough brushing you get the bristles in to some of these areas and stimulate the inflamed gum which then bleeds.

The best way to stop this is to make sure you are just as thorough the next time you brush…it can take 2-4 days for gingivitis to resolve fully so don’t expect an immediate miracle.  Better still why not follow our 4 point plan for dental health.

Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.