No one really thinks about their gums. They are just there, quietly doing their job. Even when something goes wrong, they often don’t shout that problem at you like other areas of your mouth. In fact, gum disease can get fairly advanced before you begin to notice the symptoms. That’s more of a problem than you may think. You see, your gums do more than hold your teeth in place. These delicate tissues are known as mucous membranes and they are there to help protect your body from infection. When they themselves become infected, that infection has a direct portal to the rest of your body, which can lead to all sorts of health problems including inflammation, increased risk for heart disease and strokes, diabetic complications, issues during pregnancy, certain cancers, and so much more. If you see any signs of bleeding during brushing or flossing, or have tenderness, swelling, or redness of the gum tissue, please give us a call right away. If diagnosed early enough, we can treat it with a deep cleaning and Arestin, a topical antibiotic that is placed in the gum pockets for continual, multi-day treatment. If your periodontal disease has advanced further than the initial stages, we will refer you to one of our trusted periodontal colleagues. There is a periodontist here in the building with us – how’s that for convenience?