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In 2009, we are pleased to announce a major upgrade to our FP32 software, Version 9, which features E-pad digital signature capture and storage for Patient Diagnosis Sheets/informed consent; Live Chat feature within the actual software; SQL database management and support for our new wireless keypad (part of the GoProbe System).

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periodontal disease education

Florida Probe is committed to providing products that help to diagnose and educate patients about periodontal disease and the oral-systemic link.

Take a look at an excerpt from our Patient Education Handout (one of the printouts generated by our FP32 software):

What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection caused by bacteria. In about a day’s time, mouth bacteria multiply and form a sticky, almost invisible, film on the teeth called plaque. Plaque that is not removed by regular brushing and flossing can harden into calculus (tartar). In some cases, the plaque and calculus cause the gums to become red and inflamed and may bleed on brushing. This condition is called gingivitis.

Over time, toxins (poisons) in plaque can cause the tooth supporting tissue and bone to be destroyed (bone loss), forming a hidden pocket between the tooth and the gum. Your dentist and hygienist will use a periodontal probe to measure the depth of this hidden pocket. The depth of this hidden pocket, termed "pocket depth," is the main indicator for the presence of periodontal disease.

Warning Signs
There are few, if any, early warning signs, but as the disease progresses, the signs and symptoms become more obvious.
  1. Red swollen gums that may bleed easily
  2. Persistent bad breath
  3. Tall looking teeth (Recession)
  4. Loose teeth (Mobility)
 Click here for the full fact sheet with illustrations and diagrams.
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