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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 Sturminster 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 01258 473397 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 Sturminster 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 Sturminster 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 Sturminster 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 Sturminster 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 01258 473397 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.

Meet the team

Brian Thomason

Principal Dentist

GDC NO. 57874

Ian Mercer


GDC NO. 66381

Olga Sevcsenko


GDC NO. 250396

Helen Sekhon


GDC NO. 5266

Wendy Hester

Hygienist / Therapist

GDC NO. 3850

Darren Hutchinson


GDC NO. 5293

Patient Reviews

People are talking about us

The biggest complement we receive is when our patients refer their friends and family to Sturminster 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

35 Reviews


James Kirby

Excellent care, easy to get an appointment. Pleasant surroundings. Highly professional friendly clinician and Nurse.


Lucy Mac

Wonderful first appointment! Ian was very gentle and really took time to explain everything. I hadn't been to a dentist for 4 or so years due to a couple of bad experiences and Trigeminal Neuralgia and went on recommendation of a friend. I will definitely return!


David Rabone

Good, professional care administered in a pleasant environment at a reasonable cost. What more could you ask for?


Jasmine Fitzsimons

Visited my dentist Olga today for 3 fillings. This was the first time having fillings with Olga and I’m incredibly impressed with her work along with dental nurse Brittany who was also great. I felt very calm immediately and felt ZERO pain or discomfort through the whole process. It was smooth and quick but didn’t feel rushed. I look forward to coming in again. Thank you Olga&Brittany. highly recommend this practice.


Daniel Alder

Excellent treatment and friendly and highly professional team.


Martin Ostler

My wife and I made our first visit as new patients. First impressions were very favourable on both the dental and admin side


J Ginty

Absolutely amazing dentist. Every single member of staff is wonderful, sweet and kind. Highly recommend. 10/10!


Tracey Eavis

I have been going to Sturminster Dental Care for years , it’s amazing. Always get a warm welcome and Ian & Helen are Brilliant looking after my teeth . Wouldn’t go anywhere else and recommend them highly


Dave Stringer

Absolutely first class dental care from an extremely courteous and professional team. A trip to the dentist isn’t exactly everyone’s ideal place to visit, but all the staff here will make you feel totally at ease, and for me, have completely taken the fear factor away from the occasion. I’ve visited a few dental surgeries over the years, and this is the best by quite some distance. Top class service from a top class team. Thank you!



I have not relaxed in a dental chair for years . I was always apprehensive and anxious. Brian has a great bed side manner and for the first time in years I relaxed . It was almost pleasant ! Thank you for ‘putting me back together again’ Tim


John T

I don't usually do reviews but in this instance I have only but compliments for this Dental Practice. From the Receptionist to the actual Dental Teams everybody is so pleasent and reassuring. I appreciate attending a Dentist can be stressful for some but this Practice makes the visit as comfortable as possible.


Julie Christopher

I visited Olga today and was so impressed with her and all of the team. I would highly recommend this dentist practice. It's all about what is best for you. Very friendly, understanding and I feel confident they really care about their patients.


Mike Gaston

Always on time with appointments, friendly and welcoming staff. A pleasure to be one of your clients ✨️.


Paul Stevens

Great dentist sorted out my problem straight away would recommend to anyone


Zoe Bell

Very patient and very trustworthy. Always friendly and calming for both scared adults and children.



Very friendly and efficient staff, an excellent dental practice.


Jeanette Lane

My tooth broke yesterday due to a cancellation I was able to be treated today friendly professional quick service couldn’t have asked for more


louis Austin

The staff and dentists are brilliant and so caring


Richard Gow

Sturminster Dental Care offer a high standard of dentistry and you feel that you're in safe hands. This is backed up by a professional and very friendly team who provide a warm welcome at each point of contact. The facilities are well designed and comfortable and there is free parking outside.


David Hill

Friendly and professional


Jill Bristow

Excellent practice, would recommend to all, as a nervous patient, they put me at ease, and I do not dread going to have treatment.


sharon bennett

Great practice. You feel valued as an individual patient. Very professional, friendly and punctual.


Tony Moore

Excellent, professional and friendly Dental Practice. Thank you.


Bridget Legg

Efficient, calm and polite service which makes going to the dentist not such an ordeal! All lovely and helpful staff.



Very professional team and staff.


Ian Sandey

Absolutely superb practice in every way! Thoroughly recommend


Julie Anderson

Ian and staff are brilliant ..Recommend it for all.


Cheryl Handibode

Excellent visit as always, Ian is always so pleasant and reassuring.


Ian Ring

Excellent dentists. Clean, friendly and Covid safe


Kay Moscrop

Very good care from Olga


Suzy Hilton

I don't think I have ever had such a comfortable and friendly dental experience. Ian took the time to explain all my options and treatments and made me feel fairly optimistic about the outcome. The reception staff were very welcoming and helpful


Charlotte Weatherley

It was great to be fitted in so quickly, as I had indicated that I was in pain, and the receptionist worked hard to find a slot for me. Overall, an efficient service, with friendly, accommodating staff. The dentist worked quickly to identify the problem and begin treatment.


Stuart Jackson

Always time to talk 'teeth' and never feeling rushed


Nick Messinger

Excellent service - friendly team


Stuart Brown


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