At each of your visits to our office, Dr. Drower or our hygienist will ask you about your medical history and any changes you have noticed in your health. You should include any changes from your last visit such as medications, medical conditions, and any concerns with your teeth or gums.
Periodontal disease can start suddenly or worsen over time, so be sure to mention if you have experienced any of the following:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath that will not go away
- Swollen or tender gums
- Gum recession
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
At Dr. Drower’s office, our entire team takes gum disease very seriously. Because it can complicate other conditions, we make it a priority to get gum disease under control and keep it under control.
At your exam or hygiene appointment, we may take measurements of your gums to determine the severity of your gum disease. We take these measurements with a tiny ruler that measures the depth of your gums. Healthy gums stay attached closely to your teeth. Unhealthy gums can be detached from your teeth creating pockets where food and bacteria can get packed.
If you suspect you have periodontal disease, call out office for an evaluation so that we can get you back on the track to excellent health.