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Pocket Irrigation

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that causes gum recession and inflammation which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Pocket irrigation (also called oral irrigation) is a dental procedure used to clean the small spaces located between the teeth and gums. The procedure is highly effective in preventing the spread of bacteria in these regions of the mouth.


Pocket irrigation cleanses the deeper areas of the mouth which a dental pick and toothbrush cannot reach. Pocket irrigation may be performed along with other oral care procedures such as pocket reduction surgery and a dental cleaning. The treatment involves the removal of tartar and plaque from the pockets using special dental instruments. Once the decay and plaque have been removed, antibiotic gel is applied to kill any remaining bacteria. The pockets are then irrigated with a water jet known as the pocket irrigator.

The Advantages of Pocket Irrigation

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Pocket irrigation can help in the following ways:

  • Prevention of bad breath (Halitosis): Halitosis is generally caused by tooth decay or food particles stuck between the teeth. A dental pick or toothbrush may not be able to reach into the deep gum pockets. Pocket irrigators can effectively flush out stuck food particles and help clean above and below the gumline.
  • Interdental cleaning: Pocket irrigators flush out food particles, debris, and plaque stuck between the teeth. The removal of these harmful materials and bacteria help the gum tissue stay healthy.
  • Antimicrobial application: Antimicrobial substances are extremely effective in eliminating harmful oral bacteria. When used in combination with water, or as a stand-alone treatment, they can flush the periodontal pockets, making them clean and germ-free.
  • Subgingival cleaning: Pocket irrigators have rounded tips, so there is no risk of tissue damage while cleaning below the gumline. The shape of the irrigator facilitates extensive cleansing by flushing out bacteria, toxins, and other particles.

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