Often the supporting bone recedes from the teeth without visible gum recession. This creates a pocket which fills with bacteria. Your body attacks these bacteria and also destroys the supporting bone attached to the teeth. This is called Periodontal Disease and will lead to loss of teeth as well as overall health problems if untreated. Dr. Barbosa will do a complete periodontal exam on every patient to ensure the foundation of their oral health is in tact. During this exam a probe is used to measure the depth of space between your teeth and your gums. If diagnosed with Periodontal Disease, you will receive Scaling and Root Planning also called a deep cleaning. Dr. Barbosa also uses a technology to screen for cancer. An oral cancer screening should be performed annually.