A dental periodontal exam is necessary to evaluate the health of your periodontal tissue.
If you were to assess the condition of some items you have received in the mail, you would first look at the condition of the box to be sure it wasn’t damaged in some way. The same is true when making an assessment of your teeth. In this case, the box is the periodontal tissue, more commonly referred to as gums; thus a dental periodontal exam is an important part of your dental checkup. At Drs. Batten & Heath Family Dentistry, we want to share with you that having a great smile means being watchful of the conditions that can threaten it.
While staying on top of signs of bacterial issues in your teeth that can damage the enamel and cause cavities is important, bacteria can also cause inflammation and irritation in your periodontal tissue. It begins as a mild infection that can usually be easily treated, so it is best to catch it at this early stage, which is why a dental periodontal exam is so important. Left untreated, gingivitis can cause gum recession and pockets of infection, and result in the loss of one or more teeth.
During your dental periodontal exam, we will evaluate the health of your periodontal tissue. We look for gum recession, loose teeth, and whether your gums bleed when probed. We will discuss our findings with you and answer questions you might have about treatment if a problem is discovered. Since gum disease has been shown to increase the risk of certain health conditions, it is important to get dental periodontal exams regularly and follow an effective treatment plan if gum disease is present.
Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a dental periodontal exam at our Walkertown, North Carolina dental practice.
At Drs. Batten & Heath Family Dentistry, we offer dental periodontal exams to residents of Walkertown, Winston-Salem, Belews Creek, Kernersville, Walnut Cove, Stokesdale, Summerfield, Oak Ridge, and Wallburg, North Carolina.