Everyone can benefit from an evaluation by a periodontist. Sometimes the only way to detect periodontal disease is thorough a periodontal evaluation. A periodontal evaluation may be especially important if you:
Notice any symptoms of periodontal disease, including:
Gums that bleed easily, such as during brushing or flossing.
Red, swollen or tender gums.
Gums that have pulled away from the teeth..
Persistent bad breath.
Puss between the teeth and gums.
Loose or separating teeth.
A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
Are planning to become pregnant. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby born prematurely or of a low birth weight. In addition, about half of women experience “pregnancy gingivitis.” However, women who have good oral hygiene and have no gingivitis before before pregnancy are very unlikely to experience this condition.
Have heart disease, diabetes or respiratory disease. Ongoing research is showing that periodontal disease may be linked to these conditions. The bacteria of periodontal disease can travel into the blood stream and pose a threat to other parts of the body. Healthy gums may lead to a healthier body.
Feel that your teeth are too short or that your smile is too “gummy.” Or, if you are missing one or more of your teeth and are interested in a long-lasting replacement option.
Are not satisfied with your current tooth replacement option, such as a bridge or dentures, and may be interested in dental implants.
Have a sore or irritation in your mouth that does not get better within two weeks.