Does the dentist check for gum disease during my exam?

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What is periodontal charting?

What do the numbers mean?

  • 0-3mm without bleeding means you are in great shape. Be proud!
  • 1-3mm with bleeding is an early sign of gingivitis. Better at-home care will probably get you back on track!
  • 3-5mm without bleeding means gum disease is possible. We’ll help you with some instructions for home and possibly schedule another visit a little sooner.
  • 3-5mm with bleeding could be the beginning of gum disease. This can require additional treatment and more frequent visits.
  • 5-7mm with bleeding means tissue damage and probably bone loss. More hygiene visits and special treatment will probably be necessary in addition to better at-home care.
  • 7mm and above with bleeding is generally the advanced stage of periodontal disease. Surgery to repair bone loss and frequent periodontal maintenance will be required.

Why is periodontal charting important?

  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or when eating certain foods
  • Red, swollen or painful gums
  • Bad breath
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
  • Loose teeth
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