Now these numbers are statistics and as we all know, statistics can be misused. However, it is indicative that the shallower the pocket around the tooth, the fewer bacteria can be harbored there, and the easier it is for the patient and the hygienist to remove the bacteria on a predictable basis. When pockets are present around your teeth, we remove all the plaque and tartar that accumulate and then attempt to reduce the pockets to a shallower level. Periodontal surgery is often suggested when we feel these pockets cannot be reduced by scaling nor maintained by frequent cleanings alone.
Knowing your pocket depth and having it monitored is similar to having your blood pressure checked regularly and dealing with it when it gets too high.
This measurement of pockets around teeth is probably the single most important dental evaluation that one can obtain as an adult during a dental checkup.
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