Oral or pocket irrigation is a procedure that is done on patients that has deep periodontal pockets of 5 mm or more. A patient’s gum pocket is determined when a periodontal charting is done generally performed with a professional dental cleaning. The dentist and/or your hygienist will also check for any gum inflammation as well as bleeding. If bleeding and inflammation occurs then this could be a sign of gum disease.
When an oral irrigation is done an antimicrobial agent such as Chlorehexidine is used to flush out bacteria, particles and toxins from below the gum line. Chlorehexinde is use to help reduce infections as well as control plaque and periodontal spaces between your gums and teeth.
With a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care, the chances of keeping your natural teeth increases while the chances of serious health problems that are associated with periodontal disease decreases.
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