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How do I clean periodontal pockets?


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The only way to clean inside of a periodontal pocket is with regular flossing and/or the use of a water pik/flosser. Unfortunately, floss does not get more than 2-3mm below the gum tissues. If you have moderate to severe pocketing, it will be physically impossible to keep the root surfaces of your teeth clean with traditional floss. Some research does claim that water piks/flossers can clean up to 7mm below the gums, making them more useful than string floss.