Why do dental professionals tell us that up to 80% of adults suffer from some form of gum disease? I feel like I’ve been misinformed in regards to what it takes to get rid of gum disease or prevent it in the first place. Gum disease is a serious problem, it can cause a person to lose some or all of his teeth. Yet, so many people walk around oblivious to the fact that they have gum disease.
Sometimes the professionals that we rely on for our dental care don’t always tell us what we can do to stop or prevent gum disease. Those same people are ready to provide expensive treatments when things get really bad. That age old saying, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ seems so apropos in regards to gum disease.
When my hygienist and dentist wanted to perform a procedure called a root scaling and planing is when I began to take serious notice of the problems that my gums were having. Up until then, I didn’t really think that I had gum disease.
I did not like the sound of the procedure they described to me and decided to do some research and find out if there was anything that could improve my condition without having to go through the treatment. One of the earliest and most effective things I tried was the Hydro Floss oral irrigator.
My results were so good with this instrument that the next time I visited the dentist they actually told me that I no longer needed that root scaling and planing treatment and that there was no longer any tartar build up under the gum line. To me, that was exceptional. I could also tell by the look on the their faces that they were a bit surprised too.
After a lot of follow up investigation, I realized that sometimes the professionals don’t always know best. For example, when I initially told my dentist that I wanted to get a hydro floss, she said that they were too expensive and that I should buy another, less expensive, oral irrigator instead.
I didn’t listen and I bought a Hydro Floss anyway. I’m glad I did. I would buy another one tomorrow if something happened to mine. It’s sturdy and rugged and really holds up. I’ve not had a single problem with it. I don’t know if other brands of irrigators could hold up as well.
It constantly amazes me when seemingly uninformed dentists attack the way the Hydro Floss is alleged to work. The theory involves something called ‘hydromagnetics’. I’ve heard and read about dentists who say this is all bunk and there is absolutely nothing to hydromagnetics and that it provides no additional benefit over regular irrigation.
I guess those dentists don’t read their profession’s literature very much. A study was published in the The Journal of Clinical Periodontology in May 1993. The study indicates that oral irrigators that use hydromagnetics do a superior job of tartar reduction over non-hydromagnetic irrigators. The differences noted were significant. There is only one oral irrigator that I have found that utilizes hydromagnetics and that is the Hydro Floss.
If you have or think you might have gum disease or any other oral health problem, visit your periodontist or dentist for advice, diagnosis and treatment. This article is for information purposes only.
David Snape is an avid user of the Hydro Floss. You can read more about this wonderful tool at http://oralirrigatordiscount.com . Dave is also the author of What You Should Know about Gum Disease available at his web site on gingivitis and gum disease.