Dentist Edmond: Providing Insight About Teeth & Gums
During a routine examination, our dentist in Edmond will be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary. One of these things may be periodontal pockets which can develop around teeth at times.
You may wonder if these periodontal pockets are something to be concerned about and that’s why we are discussing a little more about what they are and what you should do to prevent them from happening in to your gums.
First, our dentist in Edmond wants you to know what healthy teeth and gums appear like to us. When we see healthy gums around teeth they are pink in color, firm tot he touch, and fit tightly around the teeth. Healthy gums do not bleed when you brush your teeth or eat hard foods and they haven’t receded above the normal gum line.
Now, our dentist in Edmond will share what indicates the formation of periodontal pockets. This problem occurs when the gum tissue is more than three millimeters in depth, or appear as deep spaces around teeth. If you’re experiencing any plaque build-up, ongoing bad breath, bleeding, red and swollen gums or you see that some of your gums have pulled away from your teeth, these are all signs of the start of gum disease which are also all reasons these pockets appear.
When this happens it is important to allow our dentist in Edmond to thoroughly exam your mouth to make sure nothing else is taking place. Also, the dentist will be able to remove hardened plaque (also referred to as tartar) during teeth cleanings to prevent continuation of gum disease which can soon follow after periodontal pockets appear. Removing this plaque can help the gums to heal and tighten again.
If you would like to make an appointment with our dentist in Edmond, please contact Philip Gray DDS by calling us at 405-330-5458.