As we mentioned above, the main reason we probe your gums is to check for gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Science supports the fact that gum disease affects other parts of your health.
Are dentist supposed to poke your gums?
The “poking with a sharp pointy thing” is actually a basic periodontal exam. The periodontal probing is part of a Comprehensive Oral Evaluation or American Dental Association code D0180.
Is poking your gums bad?
Gum Poking Is Very Important The more that gum have pulled away from the tooth, the less gum is available to protect the teeth. For example, if your hygienist says one of your teeth is a 2, that is a healthy amount of gum around a tooth.
What does it mean when your gums are ripping?
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease thats fairly common. It causes inflammation, redness, and irritation of your gums, especially along the bottom of your teeth. Gingivitis can make your gums tear and bleed easily, causing soreness.
How do dentists check gums?
Measure the pocket depth of the groove between your gums and teeth by placing a dental probe beside your tooth beneath your gumline, usually at several sites throughout your mouth. In a healthy mouth, the pocket depth is usually between 1 and 3 millimeters (mm). Pockets deeper than 4 mm may indicate periodontitis.