A periodontal “pocket†is formed when the gum tissue recedes from the teeth. These pockets are the spaces that are left as a result of the separation. The more advanced the disease is, the deeper the pockets will be. Measurements of more than 6 millimeters in at least 2 teeth can indicate serious periodontitis.

Gum disease starts from the bacterial plaque that forms a natural reaction with the sugars and acids in our foods and drinks. Most of the plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing and following a healthy regimen of good oral home care. When home care is ignored the plaque will harden into tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a professional dental hygienist and her tools.

The longer tartar is left on the teeth the more damage the bacteria will do. Eventually, it will begin to deteriorate the teeth and the bones that support them. Tooth and bone loss is imminent at this stage of the game.

Prevention is key where gum disease is concerned. If it can be diagnosed and treated at the earliest stage when no serious damage has been done the disease can be turned around just by stepping up the fight against plaque and tartar. There is no cure for an advanced case of gum disease and the tissue that has receded from the teeth cannot be restored. Periodontitis can however, be controlled with therapy and follow up care.

See your dentist and hygienist regularly. Call for your next appointment with Crescent Dental today @ 919-251-5605 in Cary, NC.