It is crucial to diagnose and treat gum disease as quickly as possible to prevent tooth loss. Common signs of gum disease are bleeding or swollen gums, receding gums or persistent bad breath. These symptoms can all lead to teeth becoming loose. Regular check-ups are essential to detect, prevent and treat gum disease. Gum disease in the very early stages is often easy to treat. Consistent and thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums may be all that is required and your dentist will work with the hygienists to help you achieve this.