Our dentist may recommend pocket irrigation to remove bacteria from between the teeth and below the gum line. The buildup of bacteria and plaque can result in the development of periodontal disease, a gum infection that can cause gum recession and tooth loss. When bacteria forms below the gum line, between the teeth, or in other hard-to-reach areas of the smile, it can be difficult to remove without the help of a dental professional and may result in an infection.
Pocket irrigation, or oral irrigation, can be used as part of a dental cleaning or performed at home. An in-office procedure may follow scaling and root planing to further clean the mouth and deliver antibiotic treatment below the gum line. An at-home pocket irrigator can be a water jet or water pick that cleanses the pockets around the tooth roots by flushing them with water. This is gentler on the soft tissues than dental floss, and can be performed as part of your daily hygiene routine.
Other benefits of pocket irrigation include halitosis prevention and antimicrobial application. To learn more about pocket irrigation in Bozeman, Montana, contact Suite Dental at 406-602-4100 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Roderick Spencer and our team.