Teeth are held in our mouths by bone, ligaments and our gums. Without regular cleanings to remove buildup around the teeth and under the gums, these structures may become damaged, leading to periodontal disease. Signs of periodontal disease are:
-Gums that are red and bleed easily when brushed
-Gums that have receded from the teeth
-Persistent bad breath
Healthy gum pockets typically have measurements between 1 and 3 millimeters. When gum pockets exceed 3 millimeters in depth, the risk for periodontal disease increases. As pockets deepen, patients will be unable to remove bacteria and debris from pockets with a toothbrush and floss. As more bacteria are able to live in those deep pockets, the body’s inflammatory response causes the body to destroy gingival and bone tissue, which leads to tooth loss.
During your first visit at Twin Lakes Family Dental, one of our hygienists will complete a thorough periodontal examination to check for active periodontal (gum) disease and recommend a procedure called scaling and root planing if necessary.