The gums and the underlying bone form the foundation for a healthy mouth. Even with ideal brushing and flossing, plaque and calculus (tartar) can accumulate near the gum line and between teeth. The bacteria found in plaque and calculus/tartar causes inflammation of the gums. This is why your gums may bleed when you floss. The more you floss the less bacteria and the less bleeding. Inflammation of the gums starts as the mildest form of gum disease – gingivitis. As the process worsens, the bone that anchors the teeth in the jaws begins to recede -periodontitis. Advanced gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Regular visits to our dental hygienists will bring your gums back to health and keep you smiling. Our gentle and caring team offers a range of services to help you achieve and maintain your oral and overall health.