Gum Disease 101

How do you know if you have gum disease or not?

Before I start cleaning your teeth, I take a “Perio Probe” (a tiny ruler), which may feel “pokey,” and take measurements around each tooth under your gums.  You see, the visible end of your gums leans against your tooth – it’s not attached.  It attaches further up or down the tooth, like a cuff.  The probe tells me how deep is the “cuff.”

Who cares?

The reason those numbers matter is that correct brushing and flossing gets under the gums about 3mm at best.  If you have 4mm or 5mm “pockets,” you need specialized gadgets to reach that far under your gums.  Teeth need to be cleaned all the way down to where the gums attach to them.

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

This picture, courtesy of Arestin(R) tells the story:

Diagnosing Gum Disease


Wonder No More!

If you’d like to know whether or not you have gum disease, call for an appointment.  A Gum Disease Exam will answer the question for you.


This article is available for download on Vicky’s Past Issues page»


Call me for an appointment today! 970-481-8752.
I’ll give you a mirror so you can see EXACTLY what I’m doing.
You’ll see for yourself!

(c) 2013 by Victoria J. Flint, RDH, Dental Hygiene Haven, pllc

5 Responses to Gum Disease 101

  • This is really great stuff Vicky. I hope a lot of people come to your website as most of us will find the information in this (and probably your other) newsletter a valuable resource. Heck, who would want ‘gum disease’?! You make it easy to avoid, thanks!

  • Thanks for your comment! As always, I invite you tell me what else you’d like to read about – I always like to know what’s on your mind, what you’d like to know more about.
    Happy smiles –

  • I love reading this post very informative in a creative way. Can’t wait to tell my friends about your blog. Great job!

  • Wow! You sound like an amazing hygienist.
    I am a student and would love to have the opportunity to shadow and learn from you one day.
    Currently I live in Virginia, I don’t think hygienist can own and operate their own practice here.
    If ever I’m in the area, I would love to come in for an appointment. It would be a wonderful experience and privilege to have my treatment done by you. I am sure it is very different from an office run by a dentist.
    Good luck

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