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What are Tooth Pockets | United Concordia

Common Dental Questions

Defining Tooth Pockets



What is a tooth pocket?



A tooth pocket is the normal space that encircles the tooth structure, where the gum tissue fits snugly around the tooth. An important part of your daily routine is to keep this space clean by flossing and lightly brushing the gums with a soft toothbrush.

Tooth pockets are considered healthy when they are less than 3 mm in depth and do not bleed. Dentists and dental hygienists use a special tool to measure the depth of tooth pockets. Over time these pockets can become inflamed or infected, causing bleeding, recession of the gum or bone loss. Deeper pockets around the tooth provide a larger area for the bacteria to live, making your at-home dental care more difficult. During regular cleanings, the dentist or hygienist will clean and remove any hard deposits from the tooth pockets. 

A dentist or a hygienist can provide instructions on good oral health habits and steps to maintain healthy gums.