What does it mean when your hygienist says they are going to probe or measure your gums?
Periodontal probing measures the sulcus (or pocket) depth between your gum and your tooth. Over time it becomes a record of health or disease that dental hygienists can review and make reference to at your dental hygiene visits. It is used to evaluate health and healing, including inflammation and bleeding, gum recession and bone loss. Periodontal probing is a very important part of your dental appointment and is used to not only determine your treatment plan but the possible need to implement a more aggressive treatment plan. Typically, this procedure is completed at least once a year.
The instrument used for this assessment is the periodontal probe and is the best tool to assess your periodontal health. Along with dental radiographs, a complete periodontal assessment allows your dental hygienist to compile important measurements and observations that builds a complete picture of your oral health.
For more information on your probing record, talk to your dental hygienist!