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Gum Charts (Periodontal Pocket Charts) at Hilltop Dental Spa

Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the UK and unfortunately gum disease can sometimes go unnoticed until quite advanced. Some of the signs to look for are :

  • Red  swollen gums                                                                    
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad taste
  • Bad breath
  • Triangular spaces between teeth
  • Gum shrinkage
  • Teeth drifting apart
  • Loose teeth

In order to assess your gum health, a detailed gum chart will allow the dentist and hygienist to assess the treatment required and the response of the gums to the treatment provided and your care at home. The gum chart will note bleeding from the gums on gentle probing, the presence of plaque and the depth of the pockets of gum around the teeth. Following the periodontal therapy further charting will then assess the success of the treatment provided combined with your care at home.

In future further gum charts will allow your dentist and hygienist to monitor your gum health. All patients are given a BPE (Basic Periodontal Evaluation) at Hilltop Dental Spa but people who suffer from advanced gum disease need a more detailed gum chart to properly evaluate their treatment requirements.