Gum disease (or gingivitis) describes the inflammation or infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth (i.e. the gum). It is extremely common and in most cases is completely painless which is why so many people are unaware they have it. Most adults either currently have, or have recently had, some degree of gum disease. If left untreated, gum problems can lead to periodontal disease, which can lead to the tooth becoming loose and ultimately falling out. This is why it is important to tackle gum disease as early as possible.
There are several symptoms of gum disease. Teeth will usually bleed on brushing or rinsing and there may be an unpleasant taste or smell in your mouth.
Gum disease is caused by plaque not being removed efficiently when teeth are brushed or flossed; fortunately with proper care and guidance it's completely reversible. Our expert team of dentists and hygienists can remove all the plaque and bacteria from your teeth (which may include some that has built up under the gums) and show you how you can remove plaque yourself to prevent gum disease from recurring.