The Truth About Gum Disease

Over 50% of the UK population are presently experiencing some type of gum disease. Sadly approximately 10-15% of the population will lose a significant number of teeth as a result of undiagnosed and untreated gum disease.  Early diagnosis is so important to simplify treatment, improve prognosis and keep your mouth fresh and healthy long term. Read on to learn more!

What to Look Out For

Spotting the Signs of Gum Disease With Hygienist Jennie Scott

What Causes Gum Disease?

Plaque is the most common cause of gum disease.  We can support you and help you find even more efffective ways to reduce the plaque on your teeth. 

Who is Most at Risk?

As well as plaque, there are a number of things can increase the risk of developing problems with your gums. These include smoking, your age (gum disease becomes more common as you get older), a family history of gum disease, diabetes, a weakened immune system (for example, because of conditions such as HIV and AIDS or certain treatments, such as chemotherapy), malnutrition (when a person's diet does not contain the right amount of nutrients), and stress.

What Happens If Left Untreated?

If you develop gingivitis and don't have the plaque or tartar (hardened plaque) removed from your teeth, the condition may get worse and lead to periodontitis. You may develop further complications if you don't treat this, including: recurrent gum abscesses, increasing damage to the tissue that connects the tooth to the socket and loss of the bone in the jaw that contains the sockets of the teeth, receding gums, loose teeth and loss of teeth.

How It Can Affect Your Whole Health

Gum disease has also been associated with an increased risk for a number of other health conditions, including: cardiovascular disease, lung infections and if affected during pregnancy, premature labour and having a baby with a low birth weight.


Prevention and Early Treatment

Advanced Treatments

Your Team of Supportive and Caring Clinicians

Hygienist Jennie Scott


After completing her Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2002, Jennie worked within the Army teaching dental nurses and providing dental hygiene. She joined Andrea Ubhi York in 2008 and has a reputation with our patients for her gentle and friendly care. She takes a multi-disciplinary approach with our specialists and dentists, providing hygiene maintenance and support. 

Specialist Periodontologist Dr Matthew Gahan


Specialist Dr Gahan understands how debilitating gum disease can be, and will explain to you all of your treatment options. He takes referrals from general dentists from across the North of England and is one of few Specialist Periodontists in the North of England.

Early diagnosis can save your teeth

Don't ignore the signs of gum disease, access help though the following three ways:

1: Arrange an Hygiene Appointment with our hygienist. This is a 30 minute assessment and treatment appointment. Jennie will discuss your symptoms, assess your gums and start treatment. She may recommend more appointments at this stage. No registration necessary.

2: If you condition is advanced, then our hygienist will discuss immediate referral to Specialist Dr Matt Gahan for a free consultation to discuss advanced treatment.

3. Ask your own general dentist for a referral to Specialist Matt Gahan for a free consultation.