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A new study that people today more gum disease than people living 2,000 years ago. The study is from the university King's College in London and is in the 'British Dental Journal'. Researchers at the teeth in the skulls of 303 people who between 200-400 AD (2,200-2,400 years ago). The skulls were at an old burial site in the west of England. The researchers found that only 5 per cent of the skulls signs of gum disease. Up to 30 per cent of people in England today gum disease. Professor Francis Hughes was surprised by what he found. He said people did not have toothbrushes or toothpaste back then and did not dentists, like we today.

The main reason why modern people more gum disease is smoking. Theya Molleson, co-author of the report, said the study that people's oral health has become much worse over the past 2,000 years. She that she thinks gum disease could start down from now as more people smoking. She said: "As smoking in the population, we should a decline in the [numbers of people with] the disease." Gum disease when bacteria build up in your mouth. The bacteria eat away at your gums and can your teeth fall out. People can the risk of gum disease by regular brushing, using mouthwash and not smoking.

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