Gingivitis also is known as gum disease is a reversible condition. It is characterized by bacteria that cause bleeding, reddened, inflamed gums, and tartar builds up above the gum line. At Aspen Dental of Cache Valley, we treat gingivitis with ultrasonic instruments that destroy the bacterial walls, causing bacteria to die. We use anti-microbial rinses to reduce bacterial load long enough for tissue to heal and body to begin to fight bacteria. Gingivitis is the beginning of what can lead to the more serious disease of periodontitis.