Gum diseaseOverview

Gum disease is a very common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected.


Gum disease is where your gums are red and swollen.


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.


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


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

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