• pin
  • The Centre
  • The Crescent
  • Colchester Business Park
  • Colchester
  • CO4 9QQ

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is used to describe a condition affecting the tissues that surround our teeth, the severity of the gum disease can depend on several factors. You may notice that something is not quite right with your gums if you experience bleeding after brushing your teeth, if this goes on for a while it is recommended that you see you visit your Dentist as soon as you can, and they will be able to find out what is going on. Bleeding gums is often a sign of inflammation caused by the bacteria present in plaque (the white/yellow stuff that builds up on our teeth). To reduce this inflammation, you will need to regularly remove the plaque from the teeth, including in between the teeth, this can be done with a good toothbrushing technique at least twice a day and interdental cleaning once a day (cleaning between the teeth), mouthwash is not an effective replacement for cleaning in between the teeth.

You may also need a visit to a Dental Hygienist to remove any hard deposits which will allow you to clean properly at home, the Hygienist will also give you tailored instructions on what to use and demonstrate exactly how to use it.

Not all gum disease is curable, but it is always manageable with advice and treatment from your dental team. The type and severity of gum disease is often determined by factors such as family history, medical history, smoking, diet and alcohol.

Back to Blog


symbol green plain shape
symbol green plain shape

What our patients say

g rated

"From the first moment I contacted Hello Dental I felt reassured and peaceful. My initial phone call to enquire about registering, and to explain my fear of dentists was met with such kindness and helpfulness. I came away from the conversation feeling like I had…"


"I’m so pleased with my teeth after having braces put on. I’m always smiling and I feel confident smiling, showing my new beautiful teeth off. Thank you so much, Neel."

H. Gooch

"Hello Dental is a thoroughly well-run practice, with friendly, attentive staff all maintaining very high standards of dental care. The best I have found."


"My second time with the laser and I can’t thank Neel enough for his supportive and encouraging attitude. Not only have I been needle free for all my treatments, but I can also honestly say I haven’t felt the slightest discomfort. I would have fallen…"

H. Cansdale

"6 months ago, I decided to try PRGF – Micro-needling combined with plasma on the recommendation of the practice to improve my skin. I have fair skin which is quite difficult, and sensitive, but also prone to breakouts and enlarged pores. I found the treatment…"


"I was referred to Hello Dental when my previous NHS dentist retired. I cannot express how delighted I am with the results and only regret not having come along sooner! From the start, it felt like a Rolls Royce service at Hello Dental, the practice…"

Sophie Davey

"I first went to see Neel after he came highly recommended by a colleague, and I was looking for someone to fix some poor work I had previously done through the NHS. The fact that Neel is still my dentist after 5 years is a…"


"I have had a fear of the dentist my whole life. I recently had root canal treatment with Neel and can honestly say “it was a piece of cake”. He explained everything, was so patient with me and best of all, there was absolutely no…"

G. Shadbolt

"I came in a nervous wreck, but the time I spent with Neel was a good experience. Very patient, gentle, and understanding. Everyone was helpful, and friendly and will definitely be coming back for my treatment."

L. Bowen

"Everytime I visit Hello Dental I leave feeling positive, which after past experiences with previous dentists is amazing. The team are so helpful and considerate"

J. Mail

View all Testimonials

Get in Touch



Combined years of experience



Complex cases



Happy patients



Straightened smiles

  • pin
  • The Centre
  • The Crescent
  • Colchester Business Park
  • Colchester
  • CO4 9QQ
Google Rating
Google Rating
Google Rating