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WHAT IS DENTAL CHARTING?

Oct 23 • 1 minute read

WHAT IS DENTAL CHARTING?
 
During your dental exam you will notice your dentist calling these numbers to his/her assistant.
 
WHAT DO THESE NUMBERS MEAN?
 
The first number identifies the specific tooth
 
1=Central incisor
2=Lateral incisor
3=Canine
4=first premolar
5=Second premolar
6=First molar
7=Second molar
8=Third molar or wisdom tooth
 
The second number is for
periodontal charting . This checks for periodontal disease , by rating your gum health from 1-6
 
-Each tooth has six areas that are measured, that is why there are so many numbers.
-Each number is actually a millimetre measurement
 
-one to three are generally normal and healthy
-four or more are larger than normal “pockets “ between you gums and teeth 
-this can be a sign of gum disease 
-inflammation of the gums 
-your dentist is also watching for bleeding gums
 
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Early detection of gum disease is VITAL to maintaining good oral health and overall health!!

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