When was the last time you had an oral hygiene examination? If it has been longer than six months, then you are due for a visit. These appointments are important because we look for problem areas in your mouth. One common condition that we look for is gum disease. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a common condition that affects the gums surrounding the teeth. It consists of a serious gum infection and inflammation caused by bacterial growth along the gumline and around the base of the tooth.