The HydroFloss may be one of the most important tools that you can use at home to improve or maintain your own dental health.
I discovered the HydroFloss a long time ago.
I was in a situation where the dentist was insisting that I do an expensive 'under the gum cleaning'. These potentially painful and damage causing procedures are also expensive. They are alternatively called 'deep cleanings', SRP or Scaling and Root Planing Treatments.
What I realized early on was that it wasn't something I wanted to do if I could find a better way. The quest for a better answer led me to all sorts of information, thoughts, the publication of a book and much more.
Ultimately, the best, most effective and easiest to implement answer I found was the HydroFloss. With this device I was able to reverse the deeper pocketing that led my dentist and hygienist to insist I get the costly treatment mentioned above.
Once my gums became healthier there was no longer any need for that potentially damaging treatment. My dentist told me, "Whatever you are doing, keep it up. You don't need that treatment any longer".
Despite my happiness at having found a 'better' way, I was also puzzled by my dentist's reaction. She was acknowledging that things were better but did not ask the obvious question: "What did you do so that I can tell my other patients who need this treatment as well". That question was never asked and it bothered me for a very long time. Actually, it still bothers me to this day.
She wasn't at all interested in what I did. I felt very sad about that. That is part of the reason why I wrote my book. I realized what a lot of alternative health practitioners and consumers of health care already knew. The mainstream will NOT acknowledge or will rarely or with great difficulty acknowledge that there are other ways other than the one they prescribe.
This might have to do with ego. It might have to do with fear. It might have to do with the avoidance of a lot of self questioning that comes with finding another, potentially better way. There also may be monetary, business and licensure fears and concerns to take into account. There is a lot at stake for the ego and for the life one has chosen for oneself. After all, if your practice is built upon certain practices and someone comes up with a less expensive, more effective option, are you, as a mainstream practitioner, thrilled to hear about that?
Ethical, moral, monetary and many other questions mentioned above could come to the surface. What do you do with all that? Bury it and pretend it doesn't exist and go on with the life that you invested perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars into? It's not easy to change all of that. So, in that light, it is perhaps easy and even somewhat forgivable that those questions get buried.
Yet, there is a side lesson to all of this. This type of dilemma, I suspect, lives in all professions and sciences. Politics comes into play as well. This may be the reason why our human way of doing things stays in such a rut for long periods of time. This may be why it is very difficult to change, even in light of overwhelming evidence. There is so much knowledge that would change our lives drastically, but we are unwilling to change. Perhaps this is why progress is so slow and lumbering. But I digress, this is only a side note of interest to possibly keep in mind. Perhaps it is a different lens by which to view the world we live in?
So, a long time ago, I found the HydroFloss. It has helped me tremendously. I avoided an expensive procedure and made my gums healthy at the same time. This will help me to keep more or perhaps ALL of my teeth into old age. I think it is worth telling others about.
What Is This Gum Disease Problem Anyway?
Make not mistake if you are reading this. Gum disease afflicts the vast majority of the population. Most people are unaware of this simple fact that fuels the billion dollar periodontal industry.
Gum disease, according to most dental practitioners, afflicts about 3 out of every 4 people. That's 75% of the population. Do you think you are in the other 25%? You might be, but the odds lean in the other direction!
Despite this being true, most of us know very little about gum disease and how it can affect us. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Nothing else comes close. Yes, accidents happen and sometimes, from repeated drilling and filling, a tooth becomes to fragile to remain. But, by far, the most common reason for a lost tooth is gum disease.
This is one of those truths hidden in plain view. Few people think about it or acknowledge it. Yet, it is the reason that your periodontist's office is so full of people. Expensive treatments and surgeries can help to save teeth. However, if you arrest the disease in the early stages, would that not lead to a better outcome?
Objective Measure Of Gum Disease
How do you know if you have gum disease? Can you just look in your mouth and tell? Not really. This leads to the first part of the problem. How do you identify if you have it or not?
Turns out there is an objective way to know. It does require your dentist or hygienist to measure and inform you. I'm talking about something called, Periodontal Pocket Depths.
There is a gap between gum tissue and your teeth. It exists around every tooth. This has something to do with the differences between the two types of tissue. Your gums are more fleshy and your teeth are much harder, like rocks. When they come together, the union is not perfect because they are both so different.
That, in and of itself, is not necessarily the problem. The problem is when non-beneficial bacteria come to inhabit this space. There are many kinds and even researchers have not fully identified all the different kinds of bacteria that cause gum disease. p. Gingivalis is one and there are others they know of. But, they don't know them all and it doesn't really matter so much for our purposes. We only need to know that some do and some don't.
Most, if not all, of the harmful ones are anaerobic in nature. They form the biofilm layer you have probably heard referred to has 'plaque' before. Plaque can get hard and difficult to remove, this is called tartar or calculus.
When the harmful bacteria have this plaque or tartar layer to shield them from oxygen, they secrete a lot of acid byproducts that can destroy gum tissue and may also harm the dental enamel of the tooth.
These situation is known as gum disease. It generally occurs when the periodontal pocket depths are above 3mm. At this point, the body has difficulty stopping the bacterial population from harming the tissue. Generally speaking, it is believed that if the depths are 3mm or less, you do NOT have gum disease. The bacteria may be there, but they may not exist in large enough quantities to cause harm.
Therefore, you want to keep your periodontal pocket depths to 3mm or less. This is what the HydroFloss helped me to do. It helped me to shrink my pockets back down to healthier levels and keep them there.
The beauty of all of this is that you can know if you have gum disease and monitor your ability to arrest it and keep your gums healthy with the help of your dentist or hygienist's measurements of your periodontal pocket depths.
I found that after I used the HydroFloss for a few months, my periodontal pockets depth measurements improved, my gums became visibly more healthy and my dentist decided I should keep doing "whatever I was doing".
I have found that many of customers, over the last many years, have discovered a similar effect. This is why I continue to talk about it. It's one of those 'secrets' hidden in plain view. I think everyone should know about it.