At Muse Dental Studio, we complete a thorough inspection of your oral health during your routine examinations. When patients have not visited the dentist in some time, their immediate first thought is usually about tooth decay. However, there is another concern that our team checks for during your routine hygiene examination—gum disease. Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is a common disease that affects the gums surrounding the tooth. It is an irritation and infection in and around the gums and can range from minor symptoms, like bleeding gums when brushing, to severe symptoms, such as loose teeth. A more mild form of gum disease is known as gingivitis and is easily treated when detected early.