One of the most powerful tools you can use at home is the HydroFloss Oral Irrigator. It may be able to make your gums healthy again. The results can usually be verified by your dental professional.
That's what makes it so great. You can do this at home and then go into your dental office and have them check to see if your gums have become healthy again.
How is this done? Does it work 100% of the time. No it doesn't work for everyone, but it does seem to work for an awful lot of people, provided they use the machine correctly.
The HydroFloss Oral Irrigator and Gum Disease
I first discovered the Hydro Floss when I was trying to combat my own gum disease problem. I was told that if I didn't submit to a SRP (Scaling and Root Planing Treatment) that I could lose my teeth. They even threatened to have me sign a waiver that it wasn't there fault if I lost my teeth! Crazy! When I told them I will sign the waiver, turns out they didn't have one to sign. Looks like they weren't prepared for a patient that didn't give into the pressure.
I went on mission to solve this problem so that I wouldn't have to get that SRP treatment, which is also called a deep cleaning treatment. From what I was able to uncover about it, there seems to be a few problems with that treatment. One is that it is suspected to cause gum recession. Not good. The second big problem is that people tended to need the exact same treatment again in 1 to 3 years, sometimes sooner.
I wanted to find an answer and I was sure there had to be one. I tried a lot of different things. I tried oil pulling, essential oils, and various mouthwashes. I would go back for regular cleanings and they would tell me that nothing changed and that I better get that treatment now.
Somehow I came across the Hydro Floss oral irrigator. I read about it. I called up my dentist and asked her about it. She told me you don't need that, just go to walmart and get brand X. "It's cheaper".
However, that didn't sound right to me. The HydroFloss was the only irrigator that talked about using a magnet and hydromagnetics. Fortunately, I was decided to give it a try. The results were absolutely astounding.
And I didn't rely on myself to get that information. Instead, I relied on the dentist and the hygienist. I went in for my next visit. They both looked at my mouth for a very long time. That was unusual in that office. Finally, the dentist said, "Ok, whatever you are doing, keep it up, you don't need that treatment any longer". Funny thing about that is that she never asked me what I did. I thought that was strange. Shouldn't she want to tell her other patients? Apparently, not.
So, I saved myself from a $1500 SRP treatment and the problems that might accompany it. That was a win for me! I was very excited about this small victory in life.
But, I was still intrigued. I wanted to know more. So I started reading up on gum disease. It's an interesting problem. In fact, most people have some gum disease right now. It is estimated that 3 out of every 4 people do! That's 75%! Yet, many dentists don't say anything until it is time for one of those expensive treatments. Could it be that they have seen so much of it, that they have become a little desensitized?
I also came to learn that there was another way to verify the results or lack of. This is an objective measurement that you can get from your dentist or hygienist. The measurement is called periodontal pocket depths. These readings should be taken at every office visit. If your office doesn't do it, ask them too. The numbers are important.
Here is how it breaks down. When your periodontal pockets are above 3mm, generally speaking, most dentists will say that is gum disease. When the pockets are below 3 mm, most dentists will say those gums are healthy.
This is powerful information to have. It is a way for you to know where you stand via a simple measurement. No guessing, no wondering. You have an objective way to see where you are at.
These measurements can be used to figure out if what you are doing at home is working or not. If your daily routine is working for you, then your pockets should be under 3mm. If not, you need to change something because gum disease can destroy tissue, including that periodontal bone that holds up the gums. When that is dissolved away, you are left with gum recession.
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Nothing comes close either. Some people do lose teeth via accidents or trauma, but it is a small percentage compared to the teeth that gum disease takes. Unfortunately, even when people lose teeth to gum disease, it appears that often times they still don't know why. They get a loose tooth, go to the dentist, the dentist pulls it and makes a denture or installs an expensive implant.
Without understanding what is going on, the patient goes home and then one day another tooth becomes loose. The process can continue that way. The patient might never understand that their tooth loss is due to gum disease.
So what is to be done about this gum disease problem? Well, you have to find some way to shrink those pockets and keep them at or below 3mm in depth. This is because the 'bad bacteria' don't accumulate to great enough quantities to destroy the tissue until the pockets are greater than 3mm in depth.
Whatever method you use, you now have a way to objectively know what is going on. Those numbers can be taken by your dental professional so the proof comes directly from the experts. Simply ask them at every visit, how are my periodontal pockets. They can quickly measure them and tell you where your trouble spots are.
If what you are doing at home is working, then you should see those pockets get smaller the next time they measure you. This puts power in your hands. You have a way to know what is going on in your mouth aside from just waiting for someone else to tell you.
I went on to write a book about gum disease: What You Should Know About Gum Disease. That doesn't make me an expert and I don't pretend to be one either. I just share some of the things I have found out and understood about this problem that up to 75% or more of the population has.
By far the most powerful and quickest way I found to help reduce those pockets was the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator. And you don't have to have faith either. You know that you can simply get those pockets measured and you will know if it is working for you or not. Your dentist will be able to tell you.
Isn't that beautiful? You can do this at home and have your dentist tell you if it worked for you or not.
Again, there are other things you can do, but I personally, based on what I've experienced and heard from others, believe the HydroFloss is your best bet.
Well, I hope you enjoyed that article. I have a bit of insomnia at the moment so I just finished writing this at about 2:35 AM in the morning. I hope you found it helpful. You can always leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
David for ToothyGrins.net