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Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque. Without thorough cleaning, plaque will build up and cause your gums to become red and swollen, a condition called gingivitis. If untreated, it will develop into periodontitis. In this more severe form of gum disease, the gum next to the plaque peels away from the tooth, forming a ‘pocket’. The tooth-supporting bone and tissue beneath this pocket is slowly eroded by bacteria, leading to abscesses, teeth loosening, and eventually, tooth loss. Gum disease usually progresses slowly and painlessly, meaning it can take years for sufferers to realise there is a problem – but it is easier to treat when it’s caught early.