Gum disease, or periodontal disease, affects many people at some point in their lives. This degenerative condition is caused by plaque and calculus (tartar) that harbor harmful bacteria in your mouth. Regular removal of plaque and calculus is crucial to prevent the buildup of these bacteria and maintain your oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene at home and keeping all your regular dental appointments for cleanings and exams are the best ways to prevent gum disease.

During your comprehensive dental examinations, our dentist performs gum disease evaluations, also known as periodontal disease risk assessments. These evaluations are essential to check for any signs of gum disease, review your medical history and discuss other factors that may contribute to your risk of developing periodontal disease.

In your periodontal evaluation, our dentist and hygienist will take several important measurements. They will measure the space between each tooth and the gum to determine how much room there is, which can indicate the presence of periodontal pockets. These pockets can harbor bacteria and are a sign of gum disease. We will also measure any gum recession or tooth loosening and check for signs of inflamed gum tissue. These evaluations allow us to diagnose periodontal disease in its earliest stages when it is most treatable.

Early detection of gum disease is crucial because it allows for more effective treatment options. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to more serious health issues, including tooth loss and systemic health problems.

For more information about gum disease evaluations in Boise, Idaho, and to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gregory Davis, call State Street Dental today at 208-939-1700. We are dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy smile and prevent periodontal disease.