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Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth, much like a glove on your hand. When someone has periodontal (gum) disease, the supportive tissue and bone is destroyed by bacteria, forming “pockets” around the teeth which trap food, creating plaque and causing infection. Normally the pocket area causes persistent bad breath, is extremely sensitive, and is prone to bleeding. A pocket needs to be treated immediately in order to remove debris and bacteria, which may take more than one step. We use advanced techniques to gently remove as much bacteria as possible, here in our office. Remember, if not treated, the bone and tissue surrounding the tooth may become so severely damaged that the tooth will fall out or need to be extracted. You can avoid gum disease with routine cleanings; call today to schedule your appointment.