Signs of successful gum disease treatment

You want your gums to get healthy so they can better support your teeth

Fighting gum disease takes time, and at first you may think there’s no improvement. But your dental professional often can see change long before you do. That’s why it’s important to keep up with your appointments and treatment for infected gums.

Image of dentist an patient to illustrate goals of gum disease treatment

Here are signs of gradual improvement your dental professional may look for:

  • Pockets that are less deep than at your last visit
  • Pockets that have not gotten any deeper
  • No new deep pockets have formed
  • Less bleeding when gums are touched
  • Gum tissue attaching around a tooth more snugly
  • Teeth not as loose as before
  • No new loose teeth

NOTE: ARESTIN (minocycline HCl) Microspheres, 1 mg is approved for use with scaling and root planing to reduce pocket depth. The label does not indicate ARESTIN for the other measures above.