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The level of intervention that each of us needs to navigate to greater oral health is determined by how far our oral health has broken down.
One very effective way to measure the extent of damage in our mouths (from gum disease) is by the depth of pockets around each of our teeth. Gum pocket depth is what dentistry generally uses to determine how far the effects of gum disease have developed in someone’s mouth.
The test dentists perform to measure the gum pockets is called a ‘periodontal depth test‘, and is a very helpful measurement to have done. While the periodontal depth test doesn’t tell us the current level of activity of gum disease, it does accurately tell us how far gum disease has developed in our mouths.
We encourage you to ask for a copy of your periodontal depth chart to take home and study. These measurements from your dentist will help you to determine if you need to ratchet up your self care at home.
As a general rule, a gum pocket depth that is greater than 4mm will be impossible to keep it clean with normal activities like brushing and flossing. If you have several pocket depths that are deeper than 4mm, you may want to incorporate the Healthy Mouth System tools and education into your routine.
The reason is simple, really. The way to stop gum disease from progressing in your mouth is by disrupting and disorganizing the microbes (we call them ‘thug bugs’) that are implicated with gum disease. Once a pocket is deeper than 4mm, it becomes exceedingly more difficult to effectively keep clean and disrupt the bugs. The solution is to upgrade your tools and learn a new system of health.
Thankfully, even if you have very deep gum pockets, properly using the HealThy Mouth System can provide you with a strategy you can apply at home to make tremendous positive change in your oral health.
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