Treating Gum Disease
Periodontal care is one of the most important aspects of dental hygiene. From when a dental hygienist measures the depth of the pockets of your gums with a periodontal probe to extensive scaling and root planing procedures. If you have been to a dentist, you have experienced periodontal care to some extent.
Chances are you have some level of gum disease and don’t even know it. In fact, nearly half of adults over 30 in the United States currently have some form of periodontal disease.
Healthy gums are pink and tight around the teeth while unhealthy gums are red and start to form pockets around the teeth. Periodontal probes are used to measure the depth of the pockets around one’s teeth. When the probes can slip in between the gum and tooth 1-3mm down, that is considered healthy. When the depth measures 4mm or more, it means the gums are not as healthy as they could be and may require more extensive treatment, depending on the depth.
Periodontal disease is a systemic infection of in the structures and tissues around the teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligaments, and alveolar bone. Gingivitis is considered the earliest stage of periodontal disease, where the gum tissue is irritated and red from improper hygiene.
If you experience any discomfort or bleeding while brushing or flossing call us today and schedule an exam to get you back on the road to good gum health!