Gums do more than just hold teeth in place. They’re actually mucous membranes and offer a direct pathway to your bloodstream. That means that if they are infected, your entire body will be affected. Current research shows a direct connection between periodontal, or gum, disease and things like cancers and heart attacks. The biggest problem is that gum disease can start very quietly and without noticeable symptoms. In fact, many patients don’t even experience bleeding of the gums during the earliest stages of gum infection. It is another reason we encourage regular cleanings. If we discover the first signs of gum disease during a cleaning, we will deep clean your smile and treat the infection with Arestin, an antibiotic that is placed directly in your infected gum pockets. It stays right where it should for up to 21 days, so the infection is cleared and your gums – and body – are kept safe.