Florida Probe Electronic Charting System
Florida Probe Electronic Periodontal Charting System and Risk Assessment:
Do you have periodontal disease? Signs of periodontal disease are mostly SILENT. It is a painless disease that starts with bacterial plaque that over time invades the gum line and quietly and painlessly erodes the bone. On occasion you will notice that you have bad breath, redness of the gums, bleeding when you floss or brush.
Don’t wait for these signs- see your dentist or periodontist regularly. They will measure your “pockets”. This is the only way to know for sure if you have periodontal disease.
At our office we use the state of the art technology, “Florida Probe” to gently measure your pockets, check for recession (root exposure), looseness of your teeth. The comprehensive examination also includes a thorough “Risk Assessment”, measuring risk factors including but not limited to medications, genetic risk, heart disease, and diabetes with periodontal disease.
Dental research continues to solidify the link between periodontal (gum) disease and your overall health. Although periodontal disease is often difficult to detect in the early stages without a periodontal exam, it can be very easy and painless to treat. If not treated in a timely manner, periodontal disease has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and low birth-weight babies.
We are excited to let our patients know that we utilize the Florida Probe® System as an advanced diagnostic tool for the tracking and monitoring of this disease. This system, which utilizes an automated, computerized probe, has proven to be more accurate and consistent than traditional methods of assessing periodontal disease and provides both you and the dental team with advanced information.
Software automatically tracks good and bad changes in your periodontal health over time and creates a printable periodontal chart that visually illustrates these changes to enhance understanding.
Their new Risk Assessment Screening tool calculates your risk of periodontal infection or re-infection based upon your specific risk factors, which include smoking habits, systemic health, oral hygiene, medications you may be taking, genetics, age and other contributing factors. You are assigned a high, medium, or low risk score based on combining these risk factors and your periodontal exam data to date.
You will leave with a clear picture of your gum health and a better understanding of your treatment options. Florida Probe®, helping to protect your beautiful smile for a lifetime!