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Home care tips for periodontal pockets

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Posted by: JohnOne  (10 years ago)

I went in today for my dental cleaning appointment and the oral hygienist said my gums are not good at all. I have many 4-5mm pockets. What can I do at home to prevent this from getting worse? Is it possible for the reading to go down or is it permanent?

Thank you for any tips you can provide.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (10 years ago)
Hey JohnOne,

The condition of your gums (and the size of your pockets) will directly depend on your ability to keep away plaque and calculus from your teeth. Here is a list of what you can do at home to contain and reduce the size of your pockets and the general health of your gums:

1. Brush (with a fluoride paste) and floss 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.

Good luck!