Do you have any personal stories of an incident that prompted you to write this book? ….. Troy
Troy, thanks for asking this question. Of course I do go over it in detail in the book but my story goes like this:
Over the course of several years, my gums would bleed during dental probing and cleaning at the dentist’s office.
Like many people, I thought this was normal. I thought, “Of course they bleed because they are poking them with those metal instruments”. I was woefully ignorant about gum disease at that point.
My dentist didn’t tell me that bleeding was bad either. She did say I had a problem, but she never defined what the problem was. She told me to rinse with a particular mouthwash.
This went on for years. Then one day they told me that I needed a root scaling and planing treatment!
I was a little shocked because they had given me no indication that my gum health was so bad. Then they wanted me to sign a paper stating that it wasn’t their fault if I lost my teeth.
Well, I knew I wasn’t even close to losing my teeth. I viewed this as marketing ploy.
I declined their treatment and went home and did some research on this whole gum disease thing.
It was only then that I realized that I had a real problem. That is when I discovered that bleeding gums are not normal at all. They shouldn’t bleed at the dentists office nor at home while brushing or flossing – Not even a drop.
The hygienist had told me that I had tartar built up under the gum line. So I knew I had to get rid of that by my next visit or they would continue to want me to get their SRP treatment (scaling and root planing).
I found some solutions that really helped me. One of which was the Hydro Floss. I called my dentist and she actually told me not to get one. She recommended another device instead. But the Hydro Floss promised to eliminate more plaque and tartar build up than any other kind of oral irrigator on the market.
I didn’t listen to my dentist. I bought the Hydro Floss and used it daily for about 5 months. When I returned to the dentist’s office, they were amazed and seemed a bit shocked. I was told that there was no longer any tartar buildup under the gumline and that I no longer needed their root scaling and planing treatment. I was very happy, of course.
I left wondering why it was up to me to find something that worked. Why couldn’t they give me advice and tell me exactly what would work? Aren’t they the experts?
I began to realize from talking to people from all walks of life that my story is not at all unusual.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of incentive among dental professionals to teach prevention.
They are happy to tell you what bad shape your gums or teeth are in, but when do they ever tell you what to do about it aside from submitting to their treatment plans that are designed to fix problems instead of prevent them or stop them?
What about alternatives? If I could buy a fairly simple device that fixes my problem, why wouldn’t they tell me about it. Why did she tell me to get a device that wasn’t as effective. Why did I have to figure this out for myself?
I discovered that the Hydro Floss had already been written about twice in a premiere dental industry publication – The Journal of Clinical Periodontology. It was written about in 1993 and again in 1998. Both studies showed how effective this device was at reducing plaque and tartar buildup.
Yet, my dentist who has been around for a while, didn’t seem to know that little tidbit of information. Or, did she choose to ignore it?
This is the same dentist that told me that she doesn’t believe there is anything wrong with using mercury amalgams. Time will tell, but it seems that their is growing concern and body of evidence about these amalgams that have been used for over 150 years. – but that is another story unto itself.
Here we are concerned with fighting and defeating gum disease.
Anyway, the question begs to be asked. Are there simple things you can do that dentists don’t always tell their patients about to help improve your dental health and avoid expensive treatments down the line?
I guess each person must ultimate answer that question himself. It seems for me and by my example that it is true that there were things my dentist didn’t tell me about.
I don’t want anyone else to miss out on the opportunity to learn about what they can do to improve their dental health.
I saved myself time, energy, pain and money by finding this information out. I think others should at least be aware of it.
I don’t go to that dentist anymore. It is important to find a professional that you can both trust and work with. But when you don’t know much about what they are doing, how can you tell the difference?
This is the layman’s guide to gum disease and it is important that everyone get a chance to know this information. If the dentist won’t tell you. Then who will?
Author: What You Should Know about Gum Disease
Available at : http://gingivitiskiller.com