Why Are You Poking at My Gums?!

Oral Cancer ScreeningHave you found yourself in the dentist’s chair with a hygienist poking a small metal instrument into your gums? It feels like she’s seeing how far it will go and calling out numbers, “one, one, two, one, two, two, three, three.” The whole time, you think, “What is she doing? Ow! That hurt! Is this some new form of torture in the dental chair?”

Periodontal exams aren’t always comfortable, but it’s an essential part of your exam and disease screening process. When your dental hygienist begins calling out those numbers, she’s calling out the depth of the periodontal pockets, or attachment level of your gums against the teeth.

Do You Have To Do That Exam?

The short answer is yes. The periodontal exam is an important part of your preventative checkup. Gum disease can easily be stopped in its tracks IF it is diagnosed early. If isn’t, you could suffer receding gums, bone loss, and even loss of your teeth.

Treating Gum Disease

If we do find evidence of gum disease, it needs to be treated as soon as possible. There are a variety of treatments we may prescribe, depending on how advanced it is. Pharmacological treatments include prescription mouthwashes, and gels that are applied to your teeth and gums. In the dentist’s chair, ultrasonic instruments can provide comfortable deep cleaning treatment to remove the bacteria and biofilm that exacerbates the inflammation.

Bleeding when you brush and inflammation around your teeth can be signs of a gum infection. South Blvd Dentistry can help you treat periodontitis and keep your teeth for life. Call our Myers Park office, today!

Posted on behalf of South Blvd Dentistry