Periodontal exams are vital in the maintenance of your oral health as they are used to assess the health of your gums and teeth. They can help us diagnose gum diseases, gingivitis, and periodontitis. These exams can also reveal receding gums, exposed roots, tooth grinding and other problems, making periodontal exams vital to maintaining proper oral health.
Dental scaling and root planning remove etiologic agents that cause the gum tissue to become inflamed. The etiologic agents our hygienists remove is the conventional periodontal therapy such as plaque and tartar.
Gum disease is not only painful, but it can also cause debilitating decay to your teeth eventually resulting in the need for extraction. While there is no full proof way to definitively avoid this, there are quite a few helpful maintenance routines that can be performed to keep your gums vibrant and healthy for years to come.