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Gum Pockets

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Posted by: UPS676  (3 years ago)
Hello there!


When I went in for my dental cleaning appointment, the periodontist said I needed deep cleaning done because I have some 4mm-5mm pockets and a 6mm pocket. Three months after the deep cleaning, I went back to the periodontist for check up. She said I didn’t have any pockets anymore and my gums looked great.

Yesterday, I noticed sensitivity in my gum. After brushing, there was a slight bleeding around my molar on the top. My gum feels tender today. Can I have deep gum pockets again in just a few months? Aside from brushing and flossing properly, what else should I do to avoid having pockets in my gums? Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (3 years ago)

Yesterday, I noticed sensitivity in my gum. After brushing, there was a slight bleeding around my molar on the top. My gum feels tender today. Can I have deep gum pockets again in just a few months? Aside from brushing and flossing properly, what else should I do to avoid having pockets in my gums? Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


This sounds like another case of localized gingivitis (or 'periodontitis' depending on a more accurate examination). You haven't mentioned if this inflammation and bleeding involves a tooth that previously had a deep pocket issue. In any case, periodontitis and deep pocket management can be quite tedious as you would need to maintain a great oral hygiene consistently to ward off bacteria and plaque.

Aside from brushing and flossing, here's what I'd suggest you do:

1. Use a mouthwash, preferably one that is prescription-based (chlorhexidine), twice a day. Also, get a hydrogen-peroxide based mouth rinse and switch often.
2. Eat healthy foods (high in fiber and low in sugar), drink lots of water and, make sure you get your Vitamin C and D in appropriate amounts.
3. Change your soft-bristled brushes every 3-4 months.
4. Use a mouth-rinse (alcohol-free if you can) twice a day. Hydrogen-Peroxide it every once in a while.
5. Consider investing in an electric oscillating head toothbrush if you can.
8. Oral antibiotics like doxycycline and minocycline can help reduce pocket depth too. Consult your dentist though.

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