Did you know that you have gum pockets? If your gums are healthy, pink, and firm you probably are not familiar with the term. It is usually only when your gums are infected that the pockets begin to form. When you develop periodontal disease, your gums begin to pull away from your teeth forming spaces called pockets. As the disease progresses these pockets become deeper and collect bacteria. Your dentist can measure your pockets with a periodontal probe. If your periodontal pockets are more than 4 millimeters deep then you have periodontitis (the severe form of gum disease). If your gums are severely diseased, you may require pocket reduction surgery.
Do you have a gummy smile? A gummy smile means that you see too much gum tissue and not enough teeth. Excessive gingival tissue can make your teeth look too short and stubby when you smile, laugh, or talk. Crown lengthening can improve a gummy smile. Crown lengthening can also be done to prepare your mouth for other dental procedures, or to remove unhealthy gum tissue. Do you think your crowns need lengthening?
The summer is winding down but Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum is a venue you can visit any time. Do you like odd? Do you like unique? Do you like games? Do you like mechanical thinga-ma-jigs? Well Marvin’s has plenty. A visit to Marvin’s is an enjoyable way to spend the day.