Chances are you pay a lot of attention to your teeth and think very little of your gums. Unfortunately though, neglecting that part of your mouth can lead to big problems, like receding gums — and that can affect your overall health. This is why we make your gums a priority at every dental cleaning appointment.
We Take Gum Measurements at Every Appointment
During every dental cleaning, our hygienists examine your gums using a calibrated instrument to measure the pocket between the gum and the tooth (or root). We then take measurements of the pocket depth to get a feel for the health of the gum tissue. Healthy gum tissue will usually yield numbers of less than 4 mm. Higher numbers indicate that the tissue is inflamed and some dental treatment may be necessary.”
Typically, 1 – 3 mm is healthy, 4 is a warning and anything over 5 is a call to action to prevent disease.
When a 5 or 6 mm pocket is recorded, a deep cleaning may be recommended. In rare instances when numbers are higher, gum surgery may be required.
Why Do Gums Recede?
Gums recede and become inflamed or infected due to a buildup of bacteria. All food and drink pose a threat to your gums IF their particles are not removed properly. Toothbrushes and floss are critical for sweeping out this type of buildup.
Gum disease and tooth decay account for about 90% of tooth loss. The good news is that it is largely preventable. The bad news? Not many people like to brush and floss their teeth.
Dental work can be expensive and take time away from work and other activities. This is why we continue to stress preventative measures such as brushing, flossing and routine dental visits, in hopes of avoiding costly and time consuming procedures.
THE SCIENCE OF SMILES offers expert, pain-free services in general dentistry, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, as well as pain management for a variety conditions including TMJ disorders, headaches, and migraines.
About THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®
THE SCIENCE OF SMILES® offers affordable cosmetic and laser dentistry and gentle, compassionate general dental care in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures, complete dental reconstruction and TMJ/Headache management. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable up-to-date dentistry and a team who truly cares at THE SCIENCE OF SMILES®.