The slogan: “Practice Dental Self-Defense” was originally coined by me, I do believe. If I am wrong, please do let me know.
The problem: Many health care practitioners are not really trained in | geared toward | interested in | (pick your phrase) PREVENTION.
If you think about it, the mindset of modern health care, including many in the dental health field is similar to that of a mechanic. “We fix you | your car| when | you are | it is | broken”!
Aside from some very limited advice on brushing and flossing, many practitioners do not tell you much about the reasons WHY you should be protecting your dental health or what else you can do IN ADDITION TO brushing and flossing to protect your dental health AND your wallet.
The consequences: You end up with expensive and costly dental treatments at some time in your life.
Returning to to the mechanic | car analogy : Picture this scene: You are driving away from your auto mechanic for the 6th time in 3 years. Each time he has changed your engine and charged you a pretty sum to do so. Pretend for a moment that you do not know what an ‘oil change’ is and no one has ever told you. You just know that you have to get your engine replaced every so often.
But if you “did” know about oil changes, you might save yourself a lot of money, time, pain and hassle. But you don’t![End analogy]
I am not a doctor in any way, shape or form, I am just pointing out to you what I believe the reality to be. Brushing and flossing alone are helpful and they are enough for a few people. But the majority of people are still going to run into dental health problems!
I could go on and on about this topic. But suffice it to say that I brushed and flossed more than most people would dream of! I still developed gum disease.
The worst part about that is that, just like most people, I had no idea I had this problem. What makes this even more interesting is that I have a great deal of schooling in the life sciences and I still did not know about this problem!
Dental professionals tell us that up to 75% of people today have some sort of gum disease in their mouth RIGHT NOW! Are you one of them? Chances are you think that you are not! But so do most of the other 75% percent. Like myself, they think they have no problems whatsoever.
Then “suddenly” one day they are told they need a SRP (scaling and root planing treatment or deep cleaning), a loose tooth needs to be pulled and an implant put in,a cavity needs to be filled …. The list goes on and on.
I was “suddenly” told that I needed a deep cleaning and that NOTHING ELSE was going to help me! I was told that If I did not get the treatment done right then and there that I must sign a waiver that it was not the fault of the dental office if I lost my teeth!
That was back in 2005, if memory serves correctly. I never permitted that treatment and I still have all of the teeth that I had back then! My gums are healthy and I have not been drilled for a single cavity since (except for the replacement of an old filling). Now, I cannot guarantee the same results for you because every human body is different. We have different situations, chemistry, knowledge etc. And you should always be under the care of a dentist for your dental health. I definitely advocate professional dental care!
BUT what I have done is learned an awful lot about this problem (gum disease) and a lot about prevention for both gum disease and other dental health issues. PREVENTION can save you a lot of money, time, pain and lost teeth! So I personally think everyone should focus more on prevention! And I hope you agree with me.
If you do, read more at http://www.Gingivitiskiller.com – where you can get a digital copy of my book: What You Should Know about Gum Disease which you can also find in print book form at any online book retailers website. It is also available on itunes (if you have the amazon app) as well as on Kindle!
Second, one of the most useful tools I have discovered is the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator. I have talked to many customers about this tool because I liked it so much that I started to sell it. And I am finding that many people, besides myself, have derived great benefit from utilizing it. And I think you might too!
Finally, if that is not enough, you can call me if you would like to. Just go to ToothyGrinsStore.com and you will find my toll free number plastered on the top of the page. Give me a call if you would like to!
* please be advised that this post does NOT intend to provide advice, diagnosis or treatment for any health condition whatsoever. If you have any type of health problem, you should seek advice, diagnosis and treatment right away from a licensed, qualified doctor! The USFDA has not evaluated statements about posts on this site or about any product mentioned!