If you notice that your gums bleed and that you have persistent bad breath, you may suffer from periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease. Bleeding gums and bad breath are two of the warning signs of gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of early periodontal disease include tender, red, and swollen gums. If periodontal disease is allowed to continue untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and receding gums. Gingivitis can often be treated with a small number of professional dental cleanings, as well as good daily oral hygiene habits. If needed, your caring dentist may recommend scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning method used to treat periodontal disease if the gums have begun to recede (pull away from the teeth). We welcome you to contact our Santa Clara dental office today to learn more about bad breath and bleeding gums treatment.