When your gums bleed easily during cleaning or flossing you have a mild form of gum disease called gingivitis. Gingivitis is straightforward to treat, but if left untreated it can progress and lead to bone loss. If you have a more severe form of gum disease your gums will bleed very easily, your breath will smell bad, and gradually the bone around your teeth will disappear, leading to teeth which become loose and painful, or fall out. Even at this stage we can try to save as many teeth as possible with deep cleaning and Laser treatment, but it’s much better to avoid severe gum disease. Regular cleaning and x-rays, which can detect bone loss at the earliest stage, are a much better option!