What You Do at Home Has the Greatest Impact on Oral Hygiene and Avoidance of Expensive Treatments

In the course of my day to day work, I get to hear from a lot of people. The stores are often marvelous. Most of them are in relation to dental health but I also get to hear stories about peoples’ experience in overcoming other disease conditions as well.
One of the stories I recently heard was from a customer of mine. She bought a special device from me. She had a dental appointment in less than 2 weeks from the time she received the package. I was not certain that two weeks was enough time for this tool to work its magic, and she had even less than that amount of time.
The results were outstanding. She said that the hygienist told her that there was a 70% improvement in her gum health. She was absolutely delighted. This was a person who had, just a few months prior spent thousands on a dental surgery to help her gums.
Unfortunately, just a short time later, she was being told that she needed another ‘deep cleaning’ treatment. This is also known as a scaling and root planing or SRP treatment.
The first time she called me, she was very distraught over this constant ‘need’ for expensive dental work. She could not understand why she had spent so much money and continued to need even more treatments!
I understand her feelings all to well. Though I managed to avoid the first expensive treatment that was recommended, I still dread the idea of getting charged for something that ultimately is only a treatment that will very likely need to be repeated later on. This is what she found annoying too!
There are many things that can be done to improve dental health from home. In fact, if you ask any dental professional they will tell you that what you do at home has more impact on your dental health than what they do in the office.
However, as patients we are seldom told WHAT to do at home beyond simple brushing and flossing. Unfortunately, the same professionals will tell you that up to 75% of the population suffers from some form of gum disease right now! The only reasonable conclusion is that most people need more to gain and maintain their dental health than mere brushing and flossing has to offer!
We are in need of a revolution in home dental health care. Your dentist will be delighted to see the health of your gum tissue improve. Since gum disease really is the number one cause of tooth loss, you can bet that getting this area of your life under control can really help you to save your teeth and even keep them while you get older even while your friends may be getting more and more tooth replacements in the form of implants or dentures.
Having and keeping your own natural, living teeth is superior to having either implants or dentures. As the old saying goes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”!
Next: Learn more about what you can do to keep your teeth for the long haul and prevent expensive dental treatments and surgeries!

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