If you ever had a gum examination with the staff at Brentwood Dentistry, you may have heard a bunch of numbers being thrown out. These numbers are not random professional jargon but key signals of the health of your gums. We first perform periodontal probing, an assessment of the depth of space between your teeth and your gums. Our dental professional measures this depth with an a periodontal probe. These tiny spaces between your gums and teeth are also called gum pockets.
Gum Health Numbers Reveal Inflammation
Periodontal probing is very important in determining the state of your gums. The measurements rendered from this probing reveal what is known as pocket depth. When the depth is high, this is a clear-cut sign of an infection to the gums. When the gums become infected, not only do they swell, they also pull away from the teeth, creating a greater depth of space between the gums and teeth and increased risk of gum disease.
Gum Health Numbers Meaning
At Brentwood Dentistry, we use a labeled probe to mark the pocket depth. When you hear a number called out, this is what it means:
1–3 millimeters suggest a healthy pocket depth, a sign that our overall gum health is on the right track.
4-6 millimeters are often an indication that a gum disease is beginning to set in.
Gum Disease 101
Gum disease, or periodontitis is the most severe form of gingivitis, or gum inflammation. With higher pocket depth, more bacteria will aggregate which will lead the way to periodontitis, in which the teeth may detach from the gums, requiring more invasive treatments. As a matter of fact, periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. You want to treat it early on – gum disease often contributes to bad breath.
Gum Disease Prevention & Treatment
To prevent gingivitis from progressing into periodontitis, schedule a consultation with one of our Los Angeles dental experts to check your gum health. We can reverse gingivitis, or the early stages of gum disease, before it develops to periodontitis which cannot be as easily stopped. In case a tooth cannot be saved, a dental implant may be needed to preserve a beautiful smile.
One of the best preventative measures you can take against a deep pocket depth is by flossing daily. Make sure to remove any foreign bit out of your mouth when you floss. You should brush your teeth with toothpaste designated for your sensitivity needs regularly to ensure proper oral care.
Your Los Angeles Gum Health Experts
Visit our Los Angeles office and talk to our dentists about your gum concerns. We will be happy to administer a periodontal probing and discuss ways to manage your gum health. We can often reverse your condition and have great results in effectively treating patients with gum health problems. Call 310-820-8228 or click here to book a consultation online.