Periodontal Pockets: Cleaning & Treatment

Any type of periodontal disease treatment requires good daily care at home. The Waterpik® Water Flosser is clinically proven to remove plaque and improve gum health.

If you have periodontital disease (periodontitis), you may also experience periodontal pockets. Pocketing can occur if your gums break down and separate from the teeth. The pockets result in deep spaces that allow bacteria to multiply. They can cause tissue, bone, and tooth loss.

Periodontal Pocket Cleaning

Cleaning periodontal pockets can be a challenge using traditional methods. Brushing, flossing with dental floss, and rinsing are limited to how deep they can reach into a pocket.

To improve periodontal pocket cleaning and reduce pocket depth, use a Waterpik® Water Flosser with the Pik PocketTM Tip. It features a soft rubber tip designed for low-pressure delivery of therapeutic rinses. It is easy to use and gently accesses up to 90% of the depth of a 6mm pocket.

About Therapeutic Mouth Rinses

Dental professionals often prescribe therapeutic mouth rinses as a non-surgical way to help treat gum disease and clean periodontal pockets.These prescription-only solutions typically contain the antimicrobial drug chlorhexidine gluconate (CHX) and include brands such as PeridexTM and Periogard.®

Effective & Gentle Cleaning At Home

It's easy to deliver therapeutic mouth rinses deep into periodontal pockets with a Waterpik® Water Flosser and the Pik PocketTM Tip:

  • With the water flosser OFF, set the pressure to the lowest setting.
  • Place the soft tip against the tooth at a 45-degree angle and gently place the tip under the gumline, into the pocket.
  • Turn on power to clean.

Periodontal Pocket Treatment

Treatment for periodontal pockets varies depending on the severity or depth of the pocket or pockets you have.

Only your dentist or periodontist can determine the best treatment for your needs. Options include periodontal pocket reduction procedures and regenerative procedures for building bone and gum tissue. In these procedures, bacteria is removed and the depth of the pocket is reduced surgically to eliminate areas where bacteria can grow. This helps the tissue re-attach to healthy bone.

For effective cleaning and at-home care of periodontal pockets, many dental professionals recommend using a Waterpik® Water Flosser equipped with the Pik PocketTM Tip.

Browse Water Flossers