Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are also essential to oral hygiene as they provide the foundation for each tooth. Without proper care, gingivitis or periodontitis can develop leading to recession of the gum line and tooth loss. Periodontal therapy consists of measurements to determine the presence of gum disease as well as a gentle cleaning below the gum line to remove bacteria. Proactive periodontal health is the key to preventing problems in the future and maintaining a healthy smile for a lifetime.