Nothing is more important to your overall dental health than healthy gums. The AAP recommends an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation, or CPE, to assess your periodontal health and identify conditions such as periodontal disease that may need additional treatment.
What is a comprehensive periodontal evaluation?
In 2011, the American Academy of Periodontology published the Comprehensive Periodontal Therapy Statement, which recommends that all adults receive an annual comprehensive evaluation of their periodontal health.
A Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation, or CPE, is a way to assess your periodontal health by examining:
- Bone structure
- Risk factors
When Dr. Bishop performs this evaluation, she will look at these eight areas to determine the state of your periodontal health.
Why do I need a comprehensive periodontal evaluation?
Recent research has indicated that the prevalence of periodontal disease in the U.S. may be significantly higher than originally estimated. This means that all adults should have a thorough assessment of the state of their periodontal health to receive accurate information about the health of their mouths.
By assessing your oral health on an annual basis, you and Dr. Bishop will know how healthy your mouth is, and will be better able to notice any conditions, such as periodontal disease, that may need treatment.
Research has also shown, and experts agree, that there is an association between periodontal disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, strokes, arthritis and others. Therefore, it is very important to treat the inflammation and infection that causes periodontal disease as soon as possible to ensure that your entire body stays healthy.
Be sure to ask Dr. Bishop if you have any questions about the evaluation or about your oral health. You can also check out our FAQ Page !