Bleeding on probing (BOP) is encountered every day in virtually every dental practice. It is so common that there may be a tendency to undervalue its importance in diagnosing gingivitis and periodontitis. In his “Making the Oral-Systemic Connection” blog on DentistryIQ, Dr. Richard H. Nagelberg details how and why the gums bleed upon probing, and explains why BOP is so important with regard to periodontal disease and systemic health.

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