She will check the health of your gums and at regular intervals measure the height of the bone surrounding your teeth.
If you have severe gum disease we may refer you to a periodontist for specialist care.
Research shows that gum disease has been linked to heart disease – it has been revealed that men in particular are 50% more likely to have heart trouble than those with healthy mouths. These bacteria have been implicated in heart valve disease.
You may not realise this but if you look after your gums, but your partner doesn’t, every time you kiss, your partner will be passing their bacteria to you. So you should make sure your partner gets regular dental treatment as well. It has been shown that pregnant mums with gum disease give birth to lower birth weight babies than mums with healthy mouths. The bacteria in the mouth which cause gum disease have been shown to cross the placenta.
A regular visit to the dental hygienist can keep you healthy.