Gum disease develops when plaque builds up around your teeth and provides the perfect environment for the bacteria to thrive. The sticky plaque forms on the hard surface of the teeth and, if untreated, can lead to serious problems as the harmful chemicals produced by the bacteria irritate the gums, causing them to become swollen and bleed.
Gum disease can be brought on through poor diet, poor cleaning routines, smoking or problems with general health. Most adults in the UK suffer from gum disease at some point, but it is easy to be unaware that something is wrong until the teeth eventually start to become loose. It is important to visit the dental hygienist at least once every six months to remove any plaque or tartar that has built up. This will help to maintain healthy gums that are able to support your teeth throughout your life.