Monday, March 11, 2013

The Hydro Floss and 6 mm Periodontal Pockets

The Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator  

Pocket Pal Jet Tips for 5-6 mm Pockets. 

Sulcus Jet Tips for 5 and 6 mm Pockets.  

The Hydro Floss is a powerful tool for dental health and it has helped a lot of people shrink their periodontal pockets.   Of course, no one can guarantee that because each human body is different.  I can only tell you that it worked for me and has for others too.

You should still get your regular dental cleanings and checkups.  The hygienist and / or dentist will measure your periodontal pocket depths because this is a good way to monitor your periodontal or gum health.

To put things in perspective, generally speaking, any pocket depths over 3mm are considered unhealthy.   So, if you have a 6mm pocket, you may have gone well beyond the state of 'healthy'.

I think it was back around 2004 or 2005 that the hygienist told me I had many 4mm, a few 5mm and one 6mm pocket (if I remember that correctly).  They recommended a 'deep cleaning' or SRP (scaling and root planing treatment).   I wasn't overly fond of the idea.

I found the HydroFloss and used it a lot.  When I went back, they told me my gums were looking better and whatever I was doing, I should keep it up.    They didn't ask what I was doing, which I thought was interesting.  I would think they would want to tell all of their patients.  But, I guess not? 

Periodontal Pockets

The measurement of a Periodontal Pocket is basically the measurement of how snugly the gum tissue adheres to the tooth.   When the probe only goes about 3mm or less, they usually think of your gums as being healthy.  Above that is a considered a problem.

If you don't shrink the pockets down, they may want to do more aggressive treatments on you.  This could be a 'deep cleaning' or it could be more advanced surgery, depending on how bad the problem is.

Periodontal pockets are not the same as gum recession.  They are two different measurements, so don't confuse them.

Pocket Pals

The HydroFloss pocket pal jet tips were designed for 5-6 mm pockets.  You can read the directions here.

The Sulcus tips are similar as they were also made for 5-6mm pocket depths.

*Please be advised, that I speak in general terms only here.  Specific questions about your unique dental health situation should be addressed by your periodontist or dentist.   They can provide advice, diagnosis and treatment.  This site, cannot and does NOT do that.    

In addition, you should be getting regular cleanings and checkups with your dentist.  Failure to do so, could lead to expensive problems!  

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* I speak in general terms only on this site.  Specific questions about your unique dental health situation should be addressed by  your doctor or periodontist.  

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