Let’s start this blog by addressing what periodontal probing is. Periodontal probing is a dental procedure used to assess the health of the gums and supporting structures around the teeth. It is a critical part of a dental hygiene examination, especially when evaluating the presence and severity of gum disease.
The primary purpose of periodontal probing is to measure the depth of the gingival sulcus or periodontal pocket. The sulcus is the space between the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. A periodontal probe is a thin, ruler like instrument that can measure the depth of the pocket used by dental hygienists.
Periodontal probing is a key component of dental hygiene and is often performed by dental hygienists during routine dental cleanings and examinations. Dental hygienists play a crucial role in maintaining and promoting oral health, and periodontal probing is one of the tools they use to assess the condition of the gums and the bone around the teeth.
Emma Johnson is the owner of Pearl Boutique, a clinic that specializes in teeth whitening. She is a registered dental hygienist and completed her diploma at Camosun College, which offers one of the best recognized dental hygiene programs in Canada. Emma also holds a health science degree in kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley.