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Four Ways to Avoid Gum Disease

Posted by Therese Vannier, RDA/OMSA on May 8, 2015 10:33:00 AM

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Two, two, two. Two, one, two. Two, two, two. You may have heard your dental hygienist call out numbers as she (or he) pokes and prods beside your pearly whites. What is she doing in there? She’s using a special ruler called a periodontal probe and it’s used to measure the pockets around your gums for a better understanding of your oral health.

Numbers 1-3 millimeters are considered normal depth. Measurements greater than 3 millimeters are considered a pocket. Deep pockets are an indication of periodontal disease.

Once your numbers are charted, a personalized treatment plan can be developed to control any problem areas so further bone and tissue loss can be minimized. Everyone knows there is nothing sexy about dentures in a jar by the bed.

Avoid tooth loss. Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. According to the American Dental Association, the most important things you can do to avoid gum disease are:

  • Brush twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily to clean between teeth
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings

It’s important to have your teeth and gums examined and measured for awesomeness. If you have questions about periodontal disease, ask your dentist.

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