All of our adults receive a complimentary periodontal evaluation once a year during their cleaning appointment. It is smart to have this evaluation at least once a year because if caught early, periodontal disease can be managed more effectively. Research has shown that periodontal disease is an important risk factor for more severe diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and pulmonary disease. In addition, pregnant women with periodontal disease are at risk to deliver premature low-birth weight babies.
During your hygiene appointment Mary, our dental hygienist, will check your pocket depths with a periodontal probe and will make note of any gingival recession present. If you notice any bleeding when you brush or floss you may have a periodontal problem. Sometimes Dr. Bailey may be able to treat your periodontal problem non-surgically in the office, while other times he will refer you to a Periodontist. Each patient is different and treated as an individual.