Although great strides have been made in preventing tooth decay due to the advent of fluoridated water supply, tooth loss due to gum disease is still very common. At the comprehensive new patient visit, we will do a thorough gum examination. We will discuss the various factors associated with gum disease, and will outline a treatment plan to help the patient get their gums healthy. Our hygienist will demonstrate techniques for removing plaque from all surfaces of the patient's teeth. After treatment with the hygienist, on a subsequent visit, we will re-evaluate the patient's gum condition and if necessary, refer the patient to a local periodontist (gum specialist).