Gum disease is a constant problem amongst people in Leeds. It affects more over 50% of us and is impossible to reverse once it has set in. But it is possible to stop in its tracks. Early signs of the problem can be difficult to spot but it first shows itself through bleeding gums after brushing. You may also notice the gums weeping that can leave a bad taste in the mouth. This is caused by a general lack of oral hygiene, allowing plaque to develop around the teeth and progressing into cavities, decay and loose teeth, as the gums recede. It can also be caused by poor diet, medication, smoking, stress and a low immune system causing the mouth to dry up, due to the lack of saliva. Treatment depends on how advanced the problem is. A regular visit to the dentist will eradicate any build up of plaque and tartar around the teeth and they can advise you on a program of good oral hygiene to prevent the problem in the first place. But if gum disease has set in, treatment may involve scaling the pockets of the teeth and making even more visits to the dentist than normal to monitor the problem.