Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth decay and the loss of teeth among adults. Periodontal disease is easily preventable by taking steps to avoid complications with the health of your gums and teeth. Regularly brushing and flossing teeth, as well as scheduling regular visits to the dentist can ensure a healthy mouth and help you avoid root canal treatment and gum disease. As an extra precaution, periodontal screening is an assessment performed by a dentist to detect early periodontal disease.Watch this video to learn more about what you can expect during a periodontal screening. Be sure to talk to your dentist about any questions or concerns you may have about gum disease or root canal treatments.