Periodontal disease, or gum disease, usually occurs when proper oral hygiene habits are not kept. If the teeth and gums are not cleaned daily with brushing and flossing, bacteria are allowed to stay on these surfaces where they can cause damage. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone and gum recession and even tooth loss. One treatment that can be effective for restoring the gums to health is pocket irrigation. Scripps Poway Dental Care performs this treatment to promote oral health in San Diego, CA.
The purpose of pocket irrigation is to clean away plaque from in between the teeth (interdental region) and under the gumline (subgingival region) to rid those areas of harmful bacteria and prevent that bacteria from colonizing. During the procedure, antibacterials are also delivered to the subgingival areas to restore them to health further.
Besides as periodontal treatment, pocket irrigation has other uses in dentistry.
Pocket irrigation is usually performed alongside other procedures, such as a deep cleaning or pocket reduction surgery. After tartar and plaque have been removed using dental instruments, the periodontal pockets will be flushed with an antimicrobial agent using an oral irrigator.
The treatment can also be performed at home as part of your daily oral care routine. A water jet or water pick can be used to flush out the interdental area. It can be less harmful to the gums than floss, yet just as effective. It should be noted, however, that this part of an oral care routine does not take the place of regular dental cleaning.
If you are interested in a pocket irrigation treatment, come visit us at Scripps Poway Dental Care in San Diego for more information.