The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for your teeth. All of these structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth, just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in and we offer non-surgical gum treatment options such as deep cleaning, local antibiotic therapy, and use of other topical medications . If your gums bleed easily or you are having a problem with your gums, give us a call and come see us so we can take care of you right away. If the gum disease gets too severe, it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is so important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.