Each of the four surfaces of the teeth buccal, lingual, mesial and distal is given a score from The scores from the four areas of the tooth are added and divided by four in order to give the plaque index for the tooth with the following scores and criteria: The Plaque Index System 0 No plaque 1 A film of plaque adhering to the free gingival margin and adjacent area of the tooth. The plaque may be seen in situ only after application of disclosing solution or by using the probe on the tooth surface. Calculation example The following example shows how to calculate the scores for the index. The indices for the following six teeth may be grouped to designate the index for the group of teeth: 16, 12, 24, 36, 32,

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Speechie Post 6 I am very concerned with my teeth as they have ended up costing me quite a bit even with dental insurance secondary to large fillings that I had put in when I was younger I actually had one crown break apart and fall into my gum - it was the most slow and constant pain I have ever felt - I wanted to actually itch my gum.

Anyway, because of this over-concern I have for my teeth, I was uncomfortable when the dental hygienist started calling out numbers as she checked my teeth?

So I had to ask what all the numbering was about. Luckily my numbers for what I now know is the gingival index and I think possibly a gingival index with a proper name such as the Loe and Silness gingival index came out well.

Thank you Loe and Silness for coming up with a way for me to further monitor my expensive teeth so they do not become any more expensive. Just as allenJo commented, maybe the vibration massages the gums making them healthy as well. But really this is very lazy of me, but the reason the vibrating toothbrush works for me is that mine has a timer that beeps after ever thirty seconds and then the toothbrush turns off after the recommended two minutes of brushing!

My teeth have just never felt cleaner! Now if I could just get that flossing every day down. In my case, it had to do with some medication that I was taking. It caused a condition called hyperplasia, which makes the gums inflamed and easily susceptible to bleeding.

It went on for quite some time to the point where it was difficult to brush or floss because of the extreme sensitivity of my gums. Finally I went to the doctor and had him switch my medication. It is so relieving to be able to brush and floss without pain and almost no bleeding. This was the result of poor brushing and flossing habits when I was younger. I have since corrected those habits but still some bleeding remains. One thing that I found which reduces bleeding is to massage your gums.

Massaging the gums makes them more healthy and pink, and it also makes it easier to floss your teeth as well. The dentist recommends a pick to stimulate the gums as well. My dentist said this was quite common and they saw this often with this age of kids.

When he made that first appointment after that long, they did a thorough exam and took x-rays to get at good idea of what his periodontal status was.

He had to have the regular cleaning done, but surprisingly, his gingival index was not that bad. Other than a couple small cavities that had been there for a few years, he was able to get things back in shape with a couple of appointments. Since I was not having any problems, I just figured I would wait until I had insurance to see the dentist. When I finally went to have my teeth cleaned, they could tell right away that I had not been there for awhile.

I had to have two sessions to get all the plaque removed. When they poked the gum tissue all around my mouth, I knew that my gingival index score would be very poor. Post your comments.


What Is the Gingival Index?



Gingival-Index nach Löe und Silness


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