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.”
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:
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.
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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