Dental Tips Blog

Jun
23

Why and How Your Dentist Checks Your Gums

Posted in Gum Disease

Many dental offices provide a routine gum examination at regular intervals.

But isn’t dentistry about teeth?

Actually, there’s far more to your oral health than your teeth alone. Your gums play an important role in keeping your teeth strong, and they affect your overall health. All truly caring dentists make sure that the gums are healthy, as well!

The Role Your Gums Play

Gums have many complex layers. The inner layers are made up of ligaments. These ligaments support and anchor your teeth in the sockets in the bone. Without them, you would lose your teeth!

Unfortunately, gum disease is very common and can quickly lead to just that: loss of teeth. Without treatment, it causes a breakdown in the tissue and underlying bone. Research has associated periodontitis with other conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. Preventing gum disease is critical to your entire wellbeing!

Records of Gum Health

A dentist or dental hygienist will regularly check your gums with a periodontal probe. This is a mini ruler that measures your gums for signs of breakdown around the teeth. These measurements are recorded on a periodontal chart.

Compared with x-rays and clinical observation, your dental care providers can assess your gum health for any signs of possible disease. They will then educate you on effective prevention and treatment.

Keeping Your Gums Healthy

You can prevent gum disease by taking a few simple but fundamental measures:

  • Brush and floss daily
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamin C
  • Follow the hygiene recommendations of your dentist and hygienist
  • Diligently keep appointments for dental checkups

Schedule a checkup with your dentist to make sure that both your teeth and your gums are in excellent health!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

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