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Reducing gum pockets

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Posted by: Roachcoach  (2 years ago)

So, I went to the dentist last week for dental checkup. I’ve never been to the dentist for the past five years because I never paid attention to the seriousness of good oral hygiene. I ended up with a gum disease. The dentist said I have around 6-7mm gum pockets. I also lost one tooth due to bone loss. What can I do to reduce the pockets? What is the best treatment gum disease? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (2 years ago)
Hey Roachcoach,

You are not alone because we have had a couple of other posters here complaining of the same problem. I'm going to just go ahead and paste my previous post to a similar problem. Here's what you can do:

1. Brush (with a fluoride paste) and floss (or use interdental brushes) twice a day. Adopt proper techniques and use a soft-bristled brush.
2. Use a mouthwash, preferably one that is prescription-based (chlorhexidine), twice a day. Also, get a hydrogen-peroxide based mouth rinse and switch often.
3. Get your teeth cleaned professionally every 6 months. Getting a root-planing session done is highly advisable. Your gums will most likely be left with medication in it that will, over time, heal and disinfect your gum tissue.
4. 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.
5. Change your soft-bristled brushes every 3-4 months.
6. Use a mouth-rinse (alcohol-free if you can) twice a day. Hydrogen-Peroxide it every once in a while.
7. 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.

Surgical treatments are, in my opinion, the fastest and most effective way to reduce the size of your pockets. Your periodontist will have options like: open flap debridement, osseous surgery as well as guided tissue regeneration and bone grafting.

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