Periodontal Evaluation: Why Do Your Teeth Need It?

Doctor checking the teeth of a female patient

You may have been visiting your doctor for annual checkups, but do you know that your teeth need their own regular checkups, too?

If you have been ignoring minor toothaches or you haven’t had your teeth assessed by a dentist for a long time, General Dentistry Limited says it’s time to get yourself checked.

The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that periodontal diseases are becoming more rampant in the US. In another study, researchers also found that periodontal disease may be connected with other illnesses, such as immune abnormalities, diabetes, leukemia, and cardiovascular diseases.

These findings highlight the importance of undergoing a Comprehensive Periodontal Examination (CPE) for your overall health. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) released the Comprehensive Periodontal Therapy Statement in 2011, stating that “all adults should receive an annual comprehensive evaluation of their periodontal health.”

AAP encourages annual CPEs for early detection, prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases. Getting informed about your oral health matters, as it can help prevent complications in the future, and your dentist can provide the necessary treatment if needed.

What Will Be Examined?

Through CPE, your periodontal health will be evaluated based on the condition of your teeth, gums, bite, bone structure, as well as plaque and risk factors involving periodontal disease. The dentist, dental hygienist, or periodontist may also ask you about your major complaints regarding your teeth.

The dentist will look at your medical and dental history review, clinical examination, and radiographic analysis as well. This allows them to identify predisposing conditions that might affect treatment, which include pregnancy, hypertension, and diabetes.

Just by reserving a day per year for your teeth, you can be assured that you’re doing what’s best for your oral health. For more information on CPE procedures, consult with a dentist.