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Periodontal Evaluation, Tamara Dixon, D.D.S. , Oral Health & Wellness

Periodontal Evaluation

Periodontal Evaluations are dental tests administered for the early detection of periodontal disease and gingivitis. The majority of American adults live with some degree of gum disease. Unfortunately, many of them are unaware of the condition, which can continue to worsen without treatment. Early diagnosis of periodontal disease yields the possibility of early treatment, which can significantly improve patient outcomes. Furthermore, treatment for periodontal disease in its earliest stages is much less invasive than that of advanced periodontitis. We measure your inflammation and bone loss by placing a measuring device(probe) between your teeth and gums. These readings help us diagnose the condition of your gums. We also test dental bacteria to see how destructive yours is to the bone surrounding the tooth.

What is Gum Disease?

In a nutshell, gum disease is an infection of the gums, which is destructive to the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. Gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis occur when bacteria accumulate along and beneath the gum line. This causes the gums to become inflamed and sore, and they may bleed easily when irritated. Over time, untreated gum disease can infect both the gum tissue and the underlying bone, causing gum infected recession, bone deterioration, and potential tooth loss. It is important to note that gum disease bacteria does not stay in the mouth. It can travel to, through the bloodstream to distant organs and cause destruction there as well.

Early Detection of Gum Disease

Periodontal screenings are recommended twice yearly by the American Dental Association. They are included in routine dental check-ups as a preventative measure. Dentists can identify gum disease with a simple in-office screening. Usually, this includes a visual inspection of the gums for redness and puffiness, as well as to determine whether the gums have receded or begun to form pockets between the teeth. A periodontal screening must also include dental x-rays to determine whether the supporting bone structure beneath the gums have begun to deteriorate. Teeth can affect healthy, however only x-rays can show the status of the bone.

If you have not visited a dentist for a routine periodontal evaluation within the past 6 months, we invite you to contact our office to schedule an exam at your earliest convenience. We also invite you to contact us if you notice potential symptoms of periodontal disease, such as bleeding tender gums, changes to your bite, loose teeth, discoloration or continuous bad breath. Our team is highly skilled in diagnosing and treating of gum disease and we are committed to delivering first-class care.


Our treatments goals are to eliminate the harmful bacteria causing the infection and to stop the bleeding. We do this by using non-invasive scaling add root planning of the teeth. You will see immediate relief of systems and your teeth and gums will feel healthier. For patients that have recurring build-up and bleeding we do more frequent cleanings and use the perioprotectTM system to control the build-up and bleeding. keeping the bacteria low and under control, prevents it from infecting your teeth, gums and other organs in the body.

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