What does that even mean?
If you are at risk for gum disease, then it’s vital for you to have a periodontal screening. Your smile depends upon healthy gums just as much as healthy teeth.
The term “periodontal” refers to the tissues and ligaments that support your teeth below the visible part of your gums. Your teeth need these structures to stay in place.
Bacteria and Your Gums
Periodontal disease starts with bacterial buildup. The bacteria are what make up dental plaque. If not removed daily, these germs cause gums to become irritated and inflamed.
The inflammation can eventually reach beyond the gum line to all those ligaments we talked about earlier. This results in the ligaments breaking down.
The Effects of Periodontal Disease
As the periodontal structures break down, the shallow pocket of gum tissue around the tooth deepens into a periodontal pocket. This pocket shelters harmful bacteria and tartar and is hard to clean out. The deeper the pocket, the greater the amount of attachment loss.
Because your teeth are losing this attachment, they can eventually fall out altogether. Periodontal disease leads to tooth loss and also affects your overall health.
Measuring Your Gum Health
At regular intervals, your dental office will perform a periodontal evaluation. This includes measuring the depth of the shallow pocket around each tooth with a dental “ruler.” When the readings are regularly updated, your dental team can detect early signs of attachment loss. This helps alert you to the start of gum disease and get it under control before it gets worse.
Talk with your local dental team about what steps you can take to prevent gum disease. Call today to schedule a periodontal checkup!
Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
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