Do you suffer from bleeding, swollen gums? You may have gingivitis. Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease, an oral infection that can slowly devastate your gums, teeth, and bone, as well as your overall health. Anyone can get this infection because it is caused by the bacteria that naturally inhabit your mouth. The bacteria, if not cleared away properly with regular brushing and flossing, can infect the gum tissue. Fortunately, convenient treatments are available and with early detection, Dr. Stephen Eriksen can protect your beautiful smile for years to come.