Gums are the tissue that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is when gum tissue and bone becomes infected and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Tarter and Plaque are the primary cause of gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease. Plaque (the bacteria on teeth) is constantly forming, so regular dental care is important to preventing buildup that affects the gums. If you experience bleeding or swollen gums, gums that are pulling away from your teeth, bad breath or taste, loose or changing teeth, you may have signs of gum disease. Gum disease is not reversible but it is important to stop it. Our dental hygienists are trained to do special cleanings that allow gums to heal and halt gum disease.