At regular exam and cleaning appointments, your hygienist and dentist should be checking your gums. Your hygienist and dentist should be completing a full periodontal charting at least once yearly. Periodontal charting is measuring the neck of the gum tissue surrounding each tooth and evaluating the bone support. A normal healthy pocket surrounding the gums is from one-three millimeters without bleeding. Bleeding is a sign of gingivitis and gum disease. If bleeding gums are left untreated, the infection increases and the bone or the support of the tooth decreases. In addition, the bacteria in the mouth can go through the blood stream. If there is inflammation in the mouth, it sends an inflammatory process through the rest of the body. Gum infections are connected to heart disease, diabetes, low birth weight babies, and lung infections.
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