Gum diseaseComplications

If you develop gingivitis and do not have the plaque or tartar (hardened plaque) removed from your teeth, the condition may get worse and lead to periodontitis.

overview

Gum disease is where your gums are red and swollen.

causes

Gum disease is caused by a build-up of a sticky substance called plaque on your teeth. This can happen if you do not brush your teeth regularly.

treatments_overview

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly can help gum disease. A dental hygienist may need to thoroughly clean your teeth.

symptoms

Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen gums and bad breath.

Page last reviewed: 19/02/2019
Next review due: 19/02/2022