Your oral health covers more than just your smile; it can be an indicator of your overall health. When inflammation is found in the mouth, it can indicate respiratory concerns, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or other chronic diseases. Dr. Burton recommends undergoing a periodontal assessment on an annual basis. These provide an opportunity to check on your oral health and overall health habits to identify concerns. The American Academy of Periodontology has recommended yearly visits since 2011.
The Ins And Outs Of Periodontal Assessments
During a periodontal assessment, Dr. Burton and your hygienist will examine the gum line for sensitivity and bleeding. Both of these can be precursors to advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis. The degree of build-up of tartar and plaque will also be checked and removed to help aid gum health. During this procedure, known as a Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation, other aspects of your periodontal health will be checked:
- You may be asked about your oral hygiene practices
- Previous dental concerns will be asked about
- Your gums sensitivity and tendency to bleed will be checked
- Degree of plaque, tartar, and calculus accumulation on your teeth
- Bone health in and around the oral cavity will be checked
- Additional health factors from medical conditions and family history
The need for a CPE, or comprehensive periodontal evaluation, became evident recently. Research indicates that periodontal disease may be a more prevalent problem in the US than previously thought. Regular assessment of periodontal health is necessary to ensure we have an accurate view of our patient’s health.
When you undergo a regular CPE each year, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your oral health is under control. These evaluations, when combined with regular oral cleanings and exams, go a long way to protecting the health of your teeth and gums. Any potential need for treatment will be identified long before it becomes a serious problem.
It doesn’t end with your oral health, either. Regular monitoring of your periodontal health can reveal concerns in other areas of your health. Respiratory and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic inflammatory diseases can all make themselves known through inflamed gums. This makes a yearly CPE an essential part of your overall health care.
At Taylor Made Smiles, a CPE is considered a standard part of your yearly oral health care. It’s just one more step further we go to ensure our patients have beautiful smiles they can enjoy for a lifetime.
Taylor Made Smiles, Your Partners In Oral, and Overall Health
If it’s been in excess of six months since your previous visit to a dentist, give our team a call. We’ll arrange for a dental appointment at a time that’s convenient for you. We’ll go over the details of your future visit and what needs to be done. At that visit, you’ll undergo a full exam and receive a consultation on the state of your oral health and what your next steps should be. We look forward to being your partner in lasting oral health. Call today and schedule your next visit!