There seems to be no stop to the litany of products we are bombarded with that supposedly can help us achieve a leaner trimmer physique. Of course no one ever mentions that lean, strong and toned gums are also important to your overall health and longevity. At every dental appointment we evaluate your gum health. Have you ever listened to us recite a series of numbers as they gently probe your gum line? That’s the sound of us carefully measuring (in six places) the exact depth of the “turtleneck collar” of gum tissue surrounding each tooth and root with a calibrated flexible plastic dental tool.
The gap or “cuff” between a tooth and its surrounding gums is called a sulcus or a pocket. The depth of the pocket is one of the indicators of overall gum and tooth health. The measurement is calculated in millimeters on a scale starting at 1. Any number 4 or less mm is generally (but not always) an indicator of healthy gums. Any number higher than a 4 can indicate that the gum tissue may be swollen or infected or loosing bony support and needs a closer look. Overall, we look for pocket depth to be between 1 and 3 mm with 4 being an indicator or a gentle warning that the tooth or gum tissue surrounding the tooth may need some special attention. [Read more…]