There are many factors that contribute to gum disease in Weston-super-mare- diet, medication, smoking and poor oral hygiene being among them. But whatever has caused the problem, it’s imperative that it is addressed as soon as possible, for aside from gum disease leading to tooth decay and loss, it is also considered to be the cause behind more life threatening issues such as abscesses, heart disease, diabetes and blood poisoning. Any dentist will advocate a regular, daily program of oral hygiene and there are a lot of products out there to do the job. This is to ensure the removal of plaque and tartar- the main cause of gum disease. But take your eye off the ball and suddenly you have problems and that’s where your dentist comes in. A dentist can remove plaque and tartar but once gum disease has got its claws in, it takes a lot more work and effort to stop it advancing any further. A deep scale and polish can ensure the teeth are super-clean, but sometimes root planning may be required to remove bacteria from the roots themselves. Worse of all, it may take surgery followed by antibiotics to solve the problem. If you do your homework along with your dentist, you’ll also find a lot of herbal remedies around to help your cause.