Your gums, tongue, and palate are all a critical part of oral health. A periodontal assessment should be done once a year to determine the health of your mouth.
Your dentist should examine your teeth and any dental implants or crowns. Your gum line should be examined and probed for bleeding or sensitivity, which can be precursors to periodontal disease, also called gum disease. Plaque and tartar will be removed.
During your assessment, you may be asked about your:
Oral health is often a good indicator of your overall health. Inflammation in the mouth may be related to chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer or respiratory illnesses.