It is just as important to maintain healthy gums as it is teeth.  Most gum problems are painless and this is why we recommend regular dental hygiene visits.  As part of your extensive oral examination we will always check the health of your gums.  Generally, at this exam appointment a thorough scale and clean will also be performed.  This includes removing built up plaque, both soft and hard from above and below your gum line.  If your gums have become infected we may refer you to a specialist periodontist for more extensive treatment.