Gum treatments, also called periodontal treatments, focus on restoring the gums, ligaments and bone around teeth to a healthy state. Periodontium is the name for all the structures including the bone, ligaments and gums in your mouth. When these structures aren’t healthy, they compromise the health and strength of your teeth. If you’re experiencing red, bleeding gums, gums pulled away from teeth, persistent bad breath, changes in your bite or loose teeth, this indicates the need for periodontal treatments. Gum treatments involves deep cleaning, also called root planing, to restore oral health. Early treatment of gum issues is necessary to avoid more involved treatments including tooth extraction.