If you have periodontal disease you may be experiencing persistent bad breath, bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, soft, swollen, or tender gums, gums pulling away from the teeth or tooth loss. You may notice inflammation of the gums between the teeth as well. If treatment is not received a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow, including tooth loss. During your dental examination we will perform a full periodontal probing to measure the level of attachment between the gum tissue and teeth and take dental x-rays which will show any bone loss in the jaw bone. If you do have any infected areas we review the most appropriate treatment for you, usually a “deep cleaning”.