Periodontal health refers to the condition of the supporting structures around the teeth, including the gums, bone, and ligaments. Maintaining periodontal health is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and overall oral health. Here are some key points to consider when it comes to healthy versus unhealthy periodontal health:

Healthy periodontal health:

    • Firm and pink gums that do not bleed when brushing or flossing
    • No signs of swelling or inflammation in the gums
    • Teeth that are firmly anchored in the bone and do not appear loose or wobbly
    • Minimal buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gum line
    • No signs of recession, where the gums pull away from the teeth, exposing the root surfaces
    • No pockets around the teeth where bacteria can accumulate and cause infection

Unhealthy periodontal health:

    • Red, swollen, and tender gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing
    • Bad breath or a persistent bad taste in the mouth
    • Loose or shifting teeth
    • Increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
    • Receding gums that expose the root surfaces of the teeth
    • Pockets around the teeth that are deeper than 3mm, indicating the presence of infection and bone loss

It's important to note that early-stage periodontal disease may not present with any noticeable symptoms, which is why regular dental check-ups are so important. Your dentist or hygienist can perform a periodontal assessment and recommend treatment if necessary to maintain or improve your periodontal health.

Here's what we do at Cummins Family Dental, using the above signs & symptoms to evaluate, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease. 

  • Routine periodontal examination to determine gum health
  • Scaling and root planing to treat gum disease
  • Perio Protect to treat gum disease