You Might Have Gum Disease If…

November 7, 2009


I heard from a woman from France yesterday. She told me about her experience with dental implants. One did not make it. Implants don’t always ‘take’. What was truly interesting about this conversation is that she never realized that her lost teeth were most likely due to gum disease. This plague on humanity is the number one cause of tooth loss.

She complained in the same way I did and many others do when they find out they have gum disease, "Why didn’t my dentist tell me?" There is not really a great way to answer that question. The focus of many dental practices is to fix teeth. This is understandable. As a result there are very few champions of prevention.  The Hydro Floss is useful tool that very few are aware of. 

When was the last time your dentist set you down and told you how to prevent cavities and gum disease? Perhaps they told you about brushing and flossing. Yet, gum disease and cavities are still very prevalent around the world despite this minimal advice

There are two troubling issues here. Is there a way to prevent dental disease beyond brushing and flossing? Second, if so, should someone tell us about how to prevent cavities and gum disease?

This assumes that someone really knows how. On the other hand, the question is more complicated than that because every human body is different and what works for one person may not work for another. Conditions, chemistry and other factors vary too much. This is why medicine is considered an ‘art’ and not a ‘science’. Some claim to get results from the hydrofloss oral irrigator.

On the other hand, doctors and dentists are bound by protocols that restrict them in what they can recommend to their patients and keeps them focused inside certain boundaries. They don’t have time to investigate or validate modalities and treatments outside the ‘standard’ care. But who is dictating that standard care? That’s a question for another article.

Disclaimer: This article is for information and entertainment purposes only. It does not intend to render advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have or think you might have gum disease or any other health problem, visit your periodontist or physician for advice, diagnosis and treatment. The USFDA has not evaluated statements about products in this article.

Author Dave S.


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