Your gums consist of the soft tissue that supports and surrounds your teeth. When this tissue is infected, it results in gum disease that requires periodontal treatment to prevent tooth loss. The most common cause of this problem is the buildup of plaque. These bacteria are constantly in the process of forming, which requires good dental care to help protect your gums. If your gums are swollen, or you experience other symptoms, such as bleeding, bad breath or taste, gums pulling away from your teeth, loose teeth or other changes, you may require gum treatment from our Naperville, IL, dentist.