Gingivitis is a common dental concern that can lead to periodontal disease if not treated early. If you have noticed bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth, or if your gums seem red, swollen, sensitive or painful, this may be a sign of gingivitis. The gums are a very important part of the structure of the mouth as they hold the teeth in place at the roots. They protect the teeth at the roots and below the gum line from bacteria that is present in the mouth. Bacteria can damage the teeth and bones if allowed to grow in periodontal pockets which are gaps between the teeth and gums. When tartar forms and builds up this can cause the gums to recede. Once tartar is present more plaque easily sticks to the surface of the tartar and creates further build-up. If you notice symptoms of gingivitis, contact our office today for an appointment. Do not delay, because early treatment is important.