At Advance Dental, one of our main priorities is to prevent gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the UK. Gum disease is a common oral disease, which causes the gums to become sore and swollen; if mild gum disease is left untreated, it becomes more advanced and can progress to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes permanent damage to the bone tissue, which supports the teeth and gums; eventually, the teeth will come loose in their sockets and fall out. One of the most important things when it comes to gum disease is being able to spot the warning signs; if you are able to see a dentist when you first start noticing symptoms, this will vastly improve the chances of successful treatment, as gum disease becomes more severe with time. The symptoms of gum disease include inflammation, tenderness and soreness and bleeding from the gums, which is usually most noticeable when you brush your teeth. Mild gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is usually treated with good oral hygiene and hygiene treatments, such as scale and polish; severe gum disease is much harder to treat and often involves a lengthy treatment process, which requires frequent sessions with the dentist and dental hygienist. At Advance Dental, we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure and we advise all our patients to keep up to date with routine check-ups, take time to practise good oral hygiene at home and restrict the amount of sugary and acidic foods and drinks they consume. We also highly recommend dental hygiene services; out expert dental hygienists provide treatments, which not only keep harmful bacteria at bay, but also make the teeth look shiny, white and bright. If you’ve noticed that your gums are swollen or you see blood when you brush your teeth or you’ve due for a check-up, call now and book your appointment.