Your First Visit to a Periodontist
If you are referred to a periodontist, your first visit will be for an evaluation. Among other things, you will be asked about your medical and dental history.
Tell your dentist about any medical conditions that you have. Many diseases of the body can affect your mouth and gums. Examples include diabetes, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Your periodontist will also ask you if other members of your family (parents, siblings or children) have gum problems. This is important because some forms of severe gum disease run in families. You should also list any medicines that you take. Some medicines can affect your gums.
If you smoke, your periodontist will ask you to try to quit. This is especially important before you have gum surgery. Smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease. It also makes the disease worse once you have it. Finally, smoking hinders healing. This can make your treatment less effective.