Many people have quite significant gum disease without even realising it. This can result in bad breath and loosening of teeth in later life.

You must always ask your dentist to examine your gums carefully and let you know exactly where you stand. Unless you are lucky enough to be 100% free of gum disease you will benefit greatly from regular visits to the dental hygienist.

Smokers need to be particularly careful because their gums always age prematurely and one of the giveaway signs of gum disease, bleeding when brushing, is frequently absent (smoking reduces the blood supply to the gums and it is this which causes the premature ageing and lack of bleeding which would otherwise alert you to the problem).