Gum disease is a very serious problem that many people are either unaware of or underestimate. Not only can gum disease affect the health of your mouth and teeth, leading to pain and lost teeth but it also has links to wider health conditions such as heart disease and even fatal heart attacks.Gum disease starts when a layer of plaque is allowed to build up on the gums. This bacteria-rich, filmy substance coats the gums and begins to release acid which irritates the tissue. If this is allowed to continue the gum tissue will become inflamed. This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and is characterised by red and sore tissue and minor swelling. At this stage in the disease it can be easily treated and reversed with improved oral hygiene and a visit to your Bath dentists However, if the gingivitis is allowed to get worse the condition becomes the more serious periodontitis which is much harder to treat and has much more serious consequences. It is estimated that three-quarters of all the adults in the UK will have gum disease at some stage which gives you an indication of how widespread the problem is. The health of your teeth and gums should never be underestimated. Having healthy gums will make your life so much easier and the best thing is, it’s really not that hard to achieve. Follow the advice of your dentist and brush your teeth twice a day with an appropriate brush. Also, it is crucial for your gums that you are flossing as this removes plaque from the small secluded areas around the base of the teeth where so many cases of gum disease start. A regular check up with your dentist every six months will also help to limit the chance of gum disease.