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What Are Gum Pockets?

Posted on 4/10/2023 by Evan
What Are Gum Pockets?Pockets are a universally popular item. In fact, people love pockets on clothing, no matter if they are in dresses, pants, or pajamas. However, there is one place pockets don't belong, and that is on your gum line. In your mouth, pockets are actually not good and can lead to tooth loss. Here is some additional information about what gum pockets are, and what you can do about your gum pockets.

What Are Gum Pockets?

Gum disease is a very common disease to have. More than half of all American adults, and more than 70% of all adults over 65 have gum disease.

Bacteria cause gum disease and tooth decay. The bacteria along the gum line can eat holes in your gum tissue the same way they can eat holes in your teeth.

Gum disease is a disease that can easily be treated in its early stages. If you have Stage One of gum disease, you may have red, puffy, gums.

Your gums may also bleed when you brush them. If you are diagnosed with Stage One gum disease, you can cure the disease through proper brushing, flossing, and dental visits.

However, as the disease progresses, and the bacteria eats away at the gum line, spaces develop between your teeth and gums. These spaces are called pockets.

Treating Gum Disease

Once you are diagnosed with Stage Two or Stage Three of gum disease, you will need to have your teeth and gums cleaned deeply. That's because gum pockets trap food particles and bacteria, and can make your gum disease worse.

Deep cleaning gives your gums a fighting chance to treat your gum disease. If you undergo periodontal cleaning every three to four months, you'll be able to manage your gum disease, which means managing your tooth loss as well. Let us help you with your gums on your next visit.

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