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What Are Periodontal Pockets and Can You Keep Your Phone In One?

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

We’ll start off by making it clear that, no, you can’t keep anything in your periodontal pockets. In fact, the smaller they are the better.

You may not notice it, but your gums are not completely attached to your teeth at the gum line. At first there’s actually a small gap between the tooth and the gums. This gap is called a periodontal pocket.

As you can imagine, if this gap goes deeper than a couple of millimeters, it can become problematic. If the probing goes deep, it’s a sign of periodontitis (i.e. gum disease). The deeper it goes, the worse the periodontitis!

If you ever had a dentist probe the gums and then mention a number to the hygienist or assistant, that number refers to how deep the probe went. Here’s a general guideline for what each probing depth means:

  • 1-3 mm: Healthy gums. Keep up the good work!
  • 3-5 mm: Mild periodontitis. If you start flossing and brushing
    regularly, you could prevent it from getting worse.
  • 5-7 mm: Moderate periodontitis. You may need a deeper cleaning
    called scaling and root planing.
  • 7-10 mm: You might need surgical intervention by a periodontist (gum specialist).

As you can see, early intervention can prevent a trip to a dental specialist. Make sure to visit the dentist regularly to catch periodontitis as early as possible.

Apr
14

Sports Drinks: Here’s the Catch

Reports indicate that 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens consume energy drinks, and that 62 percent consume at least one sports drink a day. While the drinks hydrate and offer energy and minerals, there’s a side of them that most don’t talk about. Sports drinks are full of acid and sugar used to enhance […]

Mar
3

The Teething Myth You Have to Stop Believing

Many parents have the misconception that teething causes diarrhea. What’s the correlation, you may ask? It is believed that the excess saliva that comes with teething can affect the gastrointestinal system. However, although there is no evidence of a causal relationship, this idea may not be completely baseless, as teething babies put a variety of […]

Mar
3

Straighter Teeth in a Snap

Turns out you can have straighter teeth by mail! Well, at least that is what a few by-mail-only orthodontia companies believe. In an effort to help patients save money, some orthodontic companies are having patients send their impressions to them by mail instead of going in for a dentist’s consultation. While this approach may save […]

Feb
24

Alligators and Dental Science?

Did you know alligators can replace each of their teeth up to 50 times in their life? Humans are unique among vertebrates for being able to replace our teeth only once. But new insights into how alligators replace their teeth may help stimulate the same process in ours. Professor Cheng-Ming Chuong, M.D., Ph.D., has discovered […]

Feb
24

Fruits for Whiter Teeth?

Recently hailed as an inexpensive and organic alternative to teeth whitening, fruit concoctions have arisen as the new way to get those pearly whites. But is there any truth to all these claims? A study at the University of Iowa points to “No”. Associate Professor So Ran Kwon tested homemade strawberry-baking soda mix, over the […]

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