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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.

May
14

Don’t Fall Asleep With Your Dentures In!

Having dentures can be challenging, especially for new wearers. It may take awhile for many patients to become accustomed to to their size, shape, and orientation, as well as adjusting to a proper cleaning and care routine. However, whether you are new to dentures or a seasoned pro, you must follow this basic rule: don’t […]

Apr
30

Vegetarian? Your Dental Health Could be at Risk

We all have different prerogatives when discussing food choices. One of the major food prerogatives is becoming a vegetarian. Some of us choose this lifestyle, but do we ever consider any of the consequences associated with it? In terms of dental health, there are some concerns related to a strict vegetarian diet. First, there are […]

Mar
26

Falling Asleep Without Brushing

Have you ever gone to sleep without brushing your teeth? You may think, “Oh it’s just this one time,” but after reading this you will never have that “one time” again! We all know that we are supposed to brush and floss our teeth at least twice a day, but what exactly happens when two […]

Feb
27

5 Foods for a Healthy Smile

When we eat, we rarely think about how our favorite foods affect our teeth. Well, we should! Different foods can have effects on our oral health. Here are some types of foods that are recommended for a healthy smile, and some that we advise to steer away from. Follow these guidelines, and your smile will […]

Feb
6

The Top 7 Reasons We Avoid the Dentist

For as many jokes as there are about the dentist, it’s really not a scary place! The fear that is present in our minds even before we enter the office has no reason to be there! Modern medicine ensures that treatments are generally painless, so what else is there to worry about? In this article […]

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