Category Archives: Gum Disease

Deep Pocket

I have a deep pocket. My dentist did a special treatment to get it clean, but I’m wondering what else I can do?

Jenna- Baltimore


First, your dentist will probably do a deep cleaning every three months or so until it is completely under control. Usually a deep cleaning will get things under control for you to take over from there. What you’ll have to do is make sure you brush and floss thoroughly and regularly.

If those things don’t get it under control you may need to have a crown lengthening done with a periodontist, though some dentists know how to do this procedure themselves.

You might be interested in learning about Laser Dentistry.

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Gum overgrowth

Is it normal for gums to kind of grow down as you get older? When I turned 14 mine started creeping down. It makes me look weird. How can I fix it?

Miranda R.- Minnesota


Sometimes the hormonal changes your body goes through during puberty can lead to gum overgrowth. If it is from hormones, it will fix itself when your hormone levels normalize. However, this can also be caused from poor oral hygiene and can lead to gingivitis (gum disease).

Sometimes an antibiotic will be needed to deal with bacteria, but this really depends on the severity of your case. I recommend you talk to your dentist and see what he or she thinks.

You may also be interested in learning about Porcelain Veneers.

This blog is brought to you by Gilbert Dentist Dr. Matt Roper.