This is the second of four things you need to do to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.
Part 2: Irrigation with effective natural medications
Brushing (part 1) is good for the front and back of your teeth but brushing is ineffective in cleaning the top (chewing surface), sides, or keeping gum pockets clean. Remember by only tooth brushing and flossing you can leave up to 500 million bad bugs around every one of your teeth.
Gentle and thorough irrigation with effective medications is the best way to clean around the teeth and gums. Irrigating needs to be done daily if you have a lot of bad bugs, and weekly if you are relatively clean. We perform an easy bug check at the office, for no charge, any time you want to see the bugs living in your gum pockets.
The idea is to break up the bug colonies (biofilm scum) on your teeth and hiding in your gum’s pockets so they don’t destroy your jaw bone and infect your body. Our office results have shown various essential oils, specific herbs, grapefruit seed extract, colloidal silver, etc… are effective when used in an irrigator machine to kill the bad bacteria.
We have a separate Irrigation Instruction Sheet to coach you on ways to become expert at cleaning your own bugs out at home. We also use micro-sonic irrigation at the office during your professional cleanings.
Note on flossing: While flossing can be helpful for children’s teeth, when they first start to crowd together and touch, it is not as effective as you think for adults’ teeth. In adult, flossing can remove big chunks of food and freshen the breath, but leaves behind a feast of microscopic food particles that the bad bacteria feed on for hours. Flossing does not kill or remove many of the 500 million bacteria that hide around your teeth and gums.
So lay down the floss, if you want to, and pick up an oral irrigator unit with natural disinfectants in the water to achieve optimal gum health. You can flush out millions of bacteria and change the population in your gum pockets from bad bugs to good bugs.