Gum Disease Screening Chandler, AZ

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an important dental test

Gum disease screenings are recommended twice a year as a preventative measure. The screening itself is a simple process. Your dentist will inspect your gums for any redness or puffiness. They will also determine whether or not your gums have started to recede. Some screenings will also include taking a dental x-ray to review your bone structure beneath the gums.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease occurs when the teeth surrounding your gums become infected which can lead to numerous serious health issues. Periodontal screening, also known as gum disease screening, are dental tests used to detect early stages of gum disease. Early diagnosis of gum disease can help prevent tender gums, loose teeth, bite changes, gum recession, bone deterioration and bad breath as well as help prevent life threatening conditions.

What Are the types of Gum Disease?

There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. 

  1. Gingivitis is the first stage and thankfully quite easy to treat. Gingivitis causes swelling and bleeding of the gum but can be treated with regimen of daily brushing and flossing. The swelling can lead to soreness along the gums that will leave you with an uncomfortable feeling when eating, drinking, and brushing.
  2. Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease and if left untreated can cause irreversible damage to your gums and in turn lead to tooth loss and other life threatening situations. 

what do inflamed or sore gums mean?

Inflamed or sore gums can mean a number of things, however they are most likely caused by a variation of gum disease. It is important to never self diagnose and to see your dentist as soon as possible if you begin suffering from chronic inflammation or soreness of the gums. It can not only be gum disease but sore or inflamed gums can also indicate a variety of more serious issues.

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