If you have a healthy mouth, you're probably not used to thinking about your gums. They fit snugly around your teeth and don't cause you pain or any other issues. But when the distance between your gum tissue and your teeth starts to widen in depth, it's a sign of gum disease. Gum disease can lead to deeper spaces around your teeth called periodontal pockets, and if untreated, these gum pockets can lead to tooth loss. But with early diagnosis and treatment, you can keep your teeth for a lifetime! Let's go over how periodontal pockets form, how they're diagnosed, your treatment options, and preventive measures you can take at home.