Have you ever been told that you have gum pockets, or periodontal pockets? You may be wondering what they are, and what that means for your dental health. Gum pockets are caused by gingivitis, when tartar creates inflammation in the gum tissues. The swelling can then result in a pocket forming between the tooth and gums, which becomes a potential breeding ground for bad bacteria to thrive.
How can gum pockets be prevented?
Luckily, periodontal pockets are easily prevented with proper dental care. Brushing at least twice daily with a toothpaste that suits your specific needs, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash are all important to prevent gum pockets. And, of course, don’t skip out on your regular dental check-ups! Cleanings are important to remove that problem-causing plaque, and your dentist will be able to notice if any pockets are starting to form. The best fight against periodontal pockets is prevention and your daily dental routine.
How are gum pockets treated?
If you already have pockets that are four millimeters in size or larger, your dentist is your partner in treatment. A dental cleaning will remove the plaque and tartar build-up, and this will allow the gums to tighten around the tooth as they are supposed to. In more serious cases, surgery may be required to fully eliminate the gum pockets.
If you have questions or concerns about periodontal pockets, Southeast Dental in Markham is always here to help. Give us a call at 905-471-2002, or leave us a message on our website. Whether you need prevention or treatment for gum pockets, we’ll ensure your mouth gets the best care possible.