Getting an annual comprehensive dental exam is imperative to maintaining proper oral health and a periodontal exam is just one component to lay the foundation for wellness, prevention, and addressing certain risks for developing periodontal disease.

What is Periodontal Disease:

Periodontal disease is a common yet, serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. The results leading up to this disease usually include poor dental hygiene, such as lack of proper brushing, flossing, and getting regular dental exams. Although serious in nature, periodontitis is preventable if you are aware of the risks involved and the early signs. Research has shown that there is an association between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, respiratory disease,  cardiovascular disease and more so it’s imperative to schedule regular examinations. Signs and symptoms of peritonitis disease vary from person to person but may include:


  • Pain when chewing
  • Poor teeth alignment
  • Sores on the inside of your mouth
  • Poor teeth alignment
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Pockets between the teeth and gums
  • Receding or swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Bright red or purplish gums
  • New spaces developing between teeth
  • Bad breath

Why are Periodontal Evaluations Important?
The American Academy of Periodontology recommends an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation to assess your periodontal health, identify risks, and identify a treatment plan if need be. A comprehensive exam will include an examination of:

  • Your teeth
  • Your gums
  • Your bite
  • Your bone structure
  • Your risk factors
  • Your plaque

These six areas of evaluation will determine your overall risks and the current state of your periodontal health. It is important to follow the recommendations made by your dentist as far as regular checkups and preventive measures. Schedule an appointment today! Or call our office to do it for you (559)438-8686. New patient forms can be found here.