Why does my hygienist poke me with sharp objects?
The joke goes,
Hygienist: Your gums are bleeding
Patient: Yes because you just poked me with sharp objects
So why is this done?
First let’s get a little back story…
Most people focus on cleaning the part of the tooth they can see, but there is more to the tooth than meets the eye. Your tooth, of course, extends below the gum line and this needs cleaning too. Cleaning below the gum-line is done via a combination of flossing and regular dental visits. If left uncleaned it can cause irritation and inflammation of the gum tissue around it. If left too long in this condition your gum will be softer and more “spongy”. If it gets too spongy it can’t hold teeth as well and you run the risk of your teeth literally falling out. Think of something set in concrete vs a sponge.
Ok, back to the original question
Sooo my hygienist said my pockets are too deep (and I don’t think she meant I have a lot of money)
Long story short
Poky tool tells the hygienist how healthy your gums are.