Who Should be Examined?
If you are thinking of becoming pregnant: Pregnant women with periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a premature delivery. Pregnant women may also develop pregnancy gingivitis and other gum conditions.
Family History: If you have a parent or parents with periodontal disease you may have a genetic predisposition toward gum disease. Also, periodontal disease can be passed through the saliva putting couples and children at risk.
Health Complications: If you have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or osteoporosis - periodontal disease may be linked or contribute complications to these conditions.
Dental Implants: If you're replacing missing or previously damaged teeth, it's important to maintain the health and strength of your dental implants.
Cosmetic appearance: If you feel your teeth are too short or you have a gummy smile or if your gums are receding.
Oral health concerns: If you have a sore in your mouth that persists for two weeks or more, or any other oral health issue can be brought to the attention of your general dentist or periodontist.