We are all different, from the color of our hair to the style of clothes
we wear. Those differences also include our teeth, as no two smiles are
exactly the same. Our job at
The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. is to ensure that you have a healthy, beautiful smile that you can be
fully proud of for a lifetime. One of the tools we have in our arsenal
of technology to maintain your dental health is the classification of
oral health status.
Your oral health does not just include your teeth, but your gums and oral
tissues as well. Much like a house requires a solid foundation to rest
on, your teeth need your gums to be solid and healthy to ensure their
longevity. We understand that it is vitally important to treat your oral
health in a holistic fashion – not just the teeth, but the gums,
the bone, the tissue, the tongue, the inside of your cheeks, and your
palate. Our dentists and hygienists have a system of classification to
understand your oral health status and ensure that you receive the very
best care for your individual dental needs.
Oral health status, or periodontal classifications have four different
categories. The first is Type 1, or healthy gums, then Type 2 –
gingivitis, or inflamed gums, followed by Type 3, which is periodontitis,
and finally, Type 4 – advanced periodontitis.
Everyone starts at Type 1 – a state of healthy gums. Maintaining
good home care by brushing and flossing daily and keeping your twice-annual
professional dental cleanings and examinations will keep your gums at
Type 1 and you will never need to worry about periodontal issues.
Type 2, or gingivitis, is a warning sign. Gingivitis is the presence of
inflammation in your gums, which can cause them to be red, puffy, and
painful, and bleed when you floss. Gingivitis is the only reversible stage
of pre-periodontitis. Taking care of this issue when it manifests will
ensure the return of your gums to a healthy state. Additional brushing
and flossing during the day,
fluoride and mouth rinse treatments, and seeing your dental hygienist a little
more often can circumvent this situation.
Type 3 periodontitis is when your gingivitis has progressed to a non-reversible
state and simply must be maintained from becoming any worse. At this stage,
we at The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. will often refer you to a gum specialist
to address your specific needs in that area. Sometimes specialized cleanings
under the gums or surgery will become necessary to ward off any further
deterioration. The continuation of highly diligent home care is essential
at this stage.
Finally, Type 4 advanced periodontitis can bring about the breakdown of
your bone, the loss of attachment, and often, the loss of your teeth.
Type 4 patients require the constant care of both a periodontist and a
general dentist to try and maintain the remaining dentition and bring
it back to a state of health to preclude any more tooth loss. Call The
Szikman Dental Group today to ensure the lifelong health of your teeth and gums!