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Gum Disease Risk Factors

What is a periodontal risk assessment?

Periodontal disease can adversely affect your over all health. It has been linked to other systemic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. A periodontal risk assessment exam evaluates various factors that contribute to periodontal diseases. We look at your medical history and the condition of your gums and bone to identify any problems and determine the best treatment to keep you healthy. We perform this exam because ONE OUT OF EVERY TWO American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease. We are committed to the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease so that you can have a healthy smile.

What are the risk factors for periodontal disease?

- Age – over 32 and especially over 65
- Gender – males are more susceptible than females
- Tobacco use – the biggest contributor
- Diabetes
- Heart Disease

What are the symptoms of active periodontal disease ?

- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth, creating pockets
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Pus
- Loose or separating teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together

What test are used to to detect periodontal disease?

X-rays: Radiographs reveal how much bone is supporting your teeth.

Periodontal probing : We take measurements to determine how healthy your gums and bone are. Brushing and flossing can only reach about 3 mm below the gum line. Which means that, if you have pockets deeper than 3 mm you can’t maintain the health of your gums properly and you are vulnerable to gum disease.

Visual inspection of gums: Bleeding is a sign of infection . Healthy gums don’t bleed.

Color and texture of the gums: Healthy gums should be smooth and pink

For more information about periodontal disease, including risk assessments, please contact us at (480) 860-8282. We will be happy to answer your questions.