Gum disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. It is caused by a bacterial plaque that creates toxins, which can damage the gums. Bleeding gums are a major warning to the possibility of tooth loss, and we need to address that right away. A periodontist specializes in the treatment of periodontal disease. General dentists can perform some periodontic maintenance and screening, however Racine Dental Group employs a full-time specialist to treat gum disease with a multi-faceted approach that includes antibiotics, deep scaling, mouth rinses and surgery, if necessary.