Gum disease affects millions of people worldwide. Despite the fact that gum disease is entirely preventable, many patients still deal with the problems that come with this condition. If left untreated, gum disease can progress and cause bone and tooth loss.
What is Gum Disease Screening?
Gum disease screening refers to a hygienist or dentist screening your gums for signs of gum disease. This is done is by measuring the small pockets that are found around each tooth. If the pockets are relatively large in size, this could be a sign of gingivitis or gum disease. If it is found that you have gum disease, special treatment is necessary to prevent the condition from getting worse and correcting the situation.
Why is it Necessary?
If you fail to go for routine gum disease screenings, you could be ignoring a problem that would otherwise become a real issue if it is left undetected. Some of the problems that come with progressed gum disease include:
- Tooth loss
- Bone loss
- Inflammation and pain
- Receding gums
- Bad breath or bad taste
Which Patients Will Benefit From Screening?
If you suspect that you might have gum disease, it never hurts to be screened for it. In some cases, patients may simply have gingivitis which can be treated before it is able to progress into periodontal disease. If, however, it is found that you have gum disease, our office can help to customize a treatment plan for you.
If you are in need of gum disease screening, contact us today!