Dental Probing Explained!

Have you ever wondered what in the world we are talking about when we say “It’s time to record your gum numbers!”? Here is an explanation that will hopefully help you understand… Most of us have heard the terms gingivitis or gum disease. Once a year, these numbers we record are taken to evaluate the health of our gum tissue. A periodontal probe (tiny gum ruler) is utilized to measure the pocket depths in millimeters along the gumline, on the front and back of each tooth, totaling 6 measurements per tooth. When listening to these numbers, 1, 2 and 3 Read More →

How does overall health affect your oral health?

Many patients have asked our administrative staff, “why do I need to update my health history form? Nothing has changed.”  So, we asked one of our hygienists, Christina, to help us understand what your health history has to do with your dental visits. “I’m here to tell you that the information you provide us with on these forms can tell us a lot about your oral health. Your overall health can affect your oral health in many ways, a few of which I will discuss below. A possible link between periodontal (gum) disease and the risk of heart disease has been studied for Read More →