I see them frequently. They are people over the age of say 55 or so. They have partial or full plates or implants which are not their original teeth.
I don’t know about you, but I’d like to keep my original teeth for a lifetime.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, 80% of adult Americans suffer from gum disease . In case you haven’t guessed by now. This is exactly what is responsible for the tooth loss of the majority of our adult population.
Unfortunately, gum disease is something that starts early and takes its toll silently, over several decades.
Then one day, you get surprised with the news that you are going to need your teeth pulled or that you have gum disease. This can be avoided.
I don’t know if this has happened to you or will happen to you, but my hygienist one day shocked me with the news that they wanted me to sign a paper saying it was not their fault if I lost my teeth.
They are trying to protect themselves legally by doing so.
I’ve been going to the same dentist for years, and they have never told me what I need to do to prevent this disease from getting worse, nor how important it was to do so. Yet, they suddenly wanted me to sign something saying they were not responsible.
Unfortunately, if flossing and brushing alone were always the answer, the 80% statistic from the Mayo Clinic website wouldn’t be so high. I’ve seen a similar stat on the National Institute of Health’s site as well.
I’m not going to make a personal statement about it, but here is a question for you to ponder yourself:
Does the dental industry stand to gain more money by telling you how to prevent gum disease or by treating it and by replacing your teeth as you age?
The problem is two fold. Adequate prevention is difficult to do at home and once you have gum disease it is even harder to fight.
That is why I made the gingivitis killer website. You can learn about the tools that I have used in addition to regular brushing and flossing (both are still very important).
I brush more gently now because my research and experience has taught me that it is not necessary to brush hard. At the same time, I floss a lot more and for longer periods of time, because I believe that has a major influence in both preventing and fighting an existing case of gum disease.
I’m also using a special mouthpaste that you can make at home out of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and salt. You can read more about that on this site.
I’ve also been using a special essential oil blend as well – mostly when I am away from home and can’t floss or use the mouth paste.
By far the most important device I have and that I use every day, often more than once per day, is the hydrofloss . That is the first thing I found that actually stopped my gums from bleeding during brushing, flossing and at the dentist’s office. This was the first hurdle on the road to recovery.
However, for me the battle may never be over. I’ve lost some of my gum tissue and I really need to be diligent to prevent the return of gum disease. I cannot afford to lose any more gum tissue if I want to keep my teeth for the rest of my life.
If your gum disease has not progressed very far yet, get to work on better prevention now. If it has progressed, then you need to work even harder to stop it and prevent it from coming back and progressing further.
This is something that almost every human being needs to think about. There is only about 2% of the population that is immune to gum disease, just two percent. That means 98% of us can or will get it.
In any case, it is best to learn everything you can now. Floss a lot more and if you think you need extra help, talk to your dentist and think about the tools I mention here and on the Gingivitis Killer website .
* Be sure to go to your dentist for diagnosis and treatment if you have or think you might have gum disease, gingivitis, or any other oral health problem.