There are many factors that go into keeping your teeth healthy. When we see patients here in our Melbourne dental clinic, whether it’s for a routine clean, an implant, or they’re looking for something more specific, like a bad breath treatment dentist, we often do a periodontal depth test during the exam to determine their dental health.

What is a periodontal depth test?

Basically, it’s a measurement of the crevice between the gum and the tooth that tells a dentist whether or not the gum is healthy. Pockets under 2mm in depth are generally considered to be an acceptable measurement. If you have a pocket of 2mm or more, it can be considered a warning sign of periodontitis, a serious gum and bone condition that can lead to tooth loss and can even be an indicator of cardiac disease! Pockets of 3mm or greater are considered periodontitis. Periodontitis is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.When a dentist determines that a patient is at risk or has periodontitis, they often recommend routine “deep cleans,” also known as root planing. Root planing is an intensive scale and clean that helps to clean beneath the gum line and can help stop the progression of periodontitis. But besides routine cleans, there are things you can do at home to ensure you keep your teeth healthy and avoid periodontitis:

  1. Understand the link between nutrition and dental health: That old saying “you are what you eat” is true-if you eat a healthy diet, you’ll keep your teeth healthy! Avoid sugar, high-acidity foods like lemon or soft drinks, and make sure you’re eating a good variety of fruits and vegetables to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy and fight infection. We offer nutrition consultations at our clinic for patients who want to learn more about the link between diet and a beautiful smile.
  2. Don’t ignore the warning signs: Bleeding gums when flossing, sensitivity to hot and cold foods, tooth pain and even bad breath are usually signs that it’s time to go to the dentist. As a bad breath treatment dentist, we have patients who often don’t realise that it’s not only a toothache that can point to something amiss. Early detection is often key in preventing tooth loss, so be proactive!>
  3. Brush, floss, and go to your dentist regularly: Good oral healthcare starts at home. We always tell our patients that mantenance is the best way to prevent costly and painful procedures down the track.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Helen Voronina

Dr Helen Voronina is the principal dentist at "Dr Helen's Dental & Implant Studio". Having graduated from the University of Melbourne and later from the Brener Implant Institute, in her practice she places emphases on the implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The International Congress of Implantology and The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID). She is a former chairperson for the National Dental Foundation and an official dentist for the Melbourne Hearts Football Club.