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What is pocket depth in women?

Dentists and periodontists use the term "pocket depth" to measure the crevice between your gums and teeth. Pocket depth is measured in millimeters by a dental professional. If it is greater than 3 millimeters, you may have periodontal disease. A procedure called scaling and planing, removes tartar buildup under gums and helps prevent pocket depth and disease from progressing further.

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