What is a pocket in your gums? Much like the pockets sewn into your pants or jacket, a gum pocket is a deep space that holds or collects things between your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, instead of spare change, gum pockets only let you carry around food particles, bacteria, plaque, and even infections.
A typical sign of worsening gum disease, gum pockets call for a dentist’s attention and meticulous oral hygiene at home. Gum pockets (also called “periodontal pockets”) will not heal on their own, and they can get worse over time. Treatment by a dental professional is the best way to reduce gum pocket depth. If your dentist has examined you and prescribed treatment, you’ve already taken the first step to improving your condition. Following through with that treatment plan is second critical step to slowing or stopping the damage. (Of course, if you haven’t seen a dentist, now is the time.)
The third important step is to care for your gum pockets at home:
Treating periodontal pockets can slow or stop the spread of gum disease, but professional treatment alone won’t keep the condition from returning later. Maintaining good oral health requires caring for your gums at home. Whether you choose a countertop, cordless, or toothbrush and Water Flosser combo unit, Waterpik Water Flossers offer a clinically proven way to improve gum pockets and overall gum health.