There are always going to be hard to reach areas that are sometimes missed when we brush our teeth. And, on top of all the other things we have to worry about during the day, we might forget to floss once in a while too. Let’s face it, it isn’t exactly on the top of our to-do list! However, keep in mind that it only takes plaque twenty four hours before it turns into calculus (a hard substance, also known as tartar).
This can cause periodontal disease, where the calculus, bacteria and toxins produced will cause the gums to recede. As the gum recedes, the space between the tooth and the gums gets bigger and bigger. Additionally, not only are gums lost, but so are bone structure and periodontal tissues and ligaments that help anchor your tooth. If the periodontal disease has advanced to worse stages, then the tooth might become loose because there won’t be enough gums to hold it in place. In the worst case scenario, you may lose your teeth because there would be nothing left to support them!
To prevent this from happening, we monitor your gum levels at every check up exam. We measure how deep your gum pockets are to see if you show signs of periodontal disease. Pockets below 3 mm. are considered healthy. Pockets that are 4 mm. and above are signs of periodontal disease, and pockets larger than 5 mm. indicate a very advanced stage of periodontal disease!
The sooner its presence is detected, the sooner it can be treated with deep cleanings and more frequent periodontal maintenance visits. Hence, it is important to come in for your regular cleanings. If treated early enough, we will be able to restore your gums’ health, and more importantly, keep you from losing your teeth!