Sensitive Teeth Remedies- 3 Best Options

Sensitive teeth remediesDo you have teeth that ache when you drink something cold? Does the thought of eating ice cream make you wince?

Does merely breathing in cold air send you through the roof with annoying pain?

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects the majority of people at some point in their lives.

I have your 3 best options of sensitive teeth remedies recommended by dental professionals.

I would like to help you treat your sensitive teeth quickly and effectively so you don’t have to think twice about enjoying your favorite foods and drinks.

As a dental hygienist, I see this common problem on at least two-thirds of my patients.

Sensitive teeth is a global oral health concern. It is reported to affect up to 98% of the adult population in various studies.

Please read on for your go-to remedies for sensitive teeth.

Sensitive Teeth Causes

Another name for sensitive teeth is dentinal hypersensitivity.

There are several reasons that teeth can become sensitive. I will discuss the most common reason first.

Teeth are made up of three main layers: the enamel layer which is the outer protective layer, the underlying dentin area surrounding the roots and the internal area of the tooth called the pulp.

The inner dentin layer contains little channels or tubules that lead from the outside of the tooth to the internal pulp area.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there are thousands of these microscopic channels that lead to the pulp of the tooth.

These tubules can allow cold, heat and acidic substances to reach the nerve causing pain.

Normally the openings of these tubules are closed off.  When something stimulates these tubules to open, a sensation is sent straight to the nerve of the tooth creating the sensitivity.

The main reason why the openings of these tubules become open is due to receding gums (or gingival recession).Receding gums

Receding gums is when the margin of the gum tissue shrinks back or pulls away from the tooth exposing more of the root area (and more of the dentin).

The most common cause for receding gums is from aggressive brushing.

By using the proper technique and the best electric toothbrush, you can minimize the recession caused by this type of over-brushing.

Later in this article, I will explain the best home care tools and techniques used to prevent receding gums.

Other common causes for sensitive teeth include root exposure from gum disease and acid erosion (related to acid reflux disease or excessive exposure to acidic food and/or drinks).

People who grind or clench their teeth may have more exposed root surfaces as well.

Cracks or fractures in teeth as well as dental bleaching can also cause sensitive teeth.

How Does It Feel?

Simply having plaque accumulate along the gumline is enough to open the dentinal tubules.

Perhaps you have brushed too fast and missed an area along the gumline. The bacterial plaque acts as a stimulus to open the channels that lead to the nerve.

This can be felt as a sharp, shooting pain or a dull toothache type sensation.  It can be felt when the area is touched or simply when air hits the area.

This sensation is usually described as painful and short in duration. The response to a stimulus varies from one person to the next depending on their pain tolerance.

Treatment for Sensitive Teeth

First, the cause of the hypersensitive dentin needs to established.

Other issues need to be ruled out. These issues would include cavities or cracked and broken teeth.

Sensitive teeth remedies

If you see your dental professional, you will be examined and informed of your options available to relieve your sensitivity.

There is no one treatment that works for all patients and sometimes a combination of treatment options is what will work best for you.

1. Reduce or remove dietary acids from your diet

Certain foods and drinks have a more acidic nature and can be erosive to your tooth structures.

These food items would include lemons, oranges, grapefruit, limes and other citrus fruits. Similarly acidic are pickled foods and tomato products like salsa, ketchup and pasta sauce.

Acidic beverages include coffee, wine and soda. The pH level of these items is low and can cause tooth enamel to wear away.  You may be especially surprised to learn what soda does to your teeth.

When tooth enamel weakens in this way, demineralization occurs and the enamel can wear away. This allows the dentin to be exposed making tooth sensitivity likely.

Acid damage to your teeth

Swishing with water after consuming acidic foods and drinks will help to neutralize the damaging effects to your teeth.

Also, it is advised to wait at least 30 minutes after consumption of acidic foods and drinks before brushing.

After an acid exposure, your enamel is in a weakened and softened state and can be easily worn away if you brush too soon.

2. Change your toothbrushing method

Aggressive brushing will increase your chances of causing sensitive teeth or dentinal hypersensitivity.

Brushing too hard or with a hard bristled brush can cause the gumline to recede which exposes the sensitive root area.

Gum recession, root erosion and enamel erosion can all occur from a brushing style that is too aggressive.

If too much pressure is applied while brushing, it can cause root and enamel erosion by slowly wearing away the protective enamel and root surface.

Toothbrush for sensitive teeth

Always be sure to chose a soft or extra soft bristled toothbrush.

Choosing an electric toothbrush will help prevent damage that can occur from your toothbrushing method.

Electric toothbrushes have built-in timers to allow you to brush for the dentist recommended 2-minute time frame.

They also have soft bristles and built-in pressure sensors that alert you when too much pressure is being applied.

This will allow you to ease up on your pressure to prevent tooth damage from root and enamel erosion.

The latest technology allows for brushing and flossing at the same time.  Waterpik has developed an innovative product that is changing the game for effective oral health products.

The name of this product is Waterpik SonicFusion and it gives you the convenience of using a sonic electric toothbrush combined with the effective in-between cleaning of water flossing.

3.Use a recommended desensitizing product

An ideal desensitizing product for sensitive teeth is one that can be used at home and that is fast acting.

Another quality to look for in an effective desensitizing product is one that will provide long-term effects.

There are a number of ways a desensitizing product can be used ranging from a gel, mouthwash or toothpaste.sensitive teeth remedies

The most common and easiest to use is in the form of a toothpaste. Simply switching out your regular toothpaste for one that contains a desensitizing agent is recommended.

Common ingredients that do this are stannous fluoride, arginine-calcium carbonate and potassium nitrate.

These products contain an ingredient that will block or close off the opening of the tubules that lead to the nerve of the tooth. Another common mechanism of action is by desensitizing the nerve.

Products that desensitize the nerve include those with potassium nitrate.

These products usually require several weeks of use before achieving the desired results.

Potassium nitrate is the active ingredient in the original sensitive toothpaste products and are now being replaced with more effective and faster acting products.

You will receive very effective relief from Sensodyne Rapid Relief toothpaste.

This product is new to the market and uses stannous fluoride to block off the channels (tubules) that send the sensation of pain to the nerve.

Sensodyne Rapid Relief has a unique added ingredient that allows for additional bio-adhesion of the active ingredient.

This forms a gel-like scaffold which helps to keep the stannous fluoride ions in place on the tooth surface.

Traditional Sensodyne toothpaste uses potassium nitrate to reduce tooth sensitivity but Sensodyne Rapid Relief gives superior relief using stannous fluoride.

Stannous fluoride has long been known for its beneficial use in treating and preventing cavities and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).

The Journal of The American Dental Association provides documentation on the effect of stannous fluoride toothpaste on dentinal hypersensitivity.

The method of action for the desensitizing is by plugging or sealing the openings of the tubules that lead to the nerve of the tooth. In this regard, it blocks the sensation.

You should notice it will start working after brushing with it for the first time. It provides clinically proven relief in 3 days and provides long-lasting protection.

Sensodyne is the #1 dentist recommended product for relief of sensitive teeth.

Another common and effective product for sensitivity relief is Tom’s of Maine Natural Rapid Relief Sensitive toothpaste.

This product is a more natural alternative to traditional toothpastes without ingredients you may be trying to avoid.This product does not contain fluoride but it is worth noting that Tom’s of Maine does provide a product containing fluoride if you prefer that.Tom’s of Maine Natural Rapid Relief Sensitive toothpaste contains arginine calcium carbonate.

A 2016 meta-analysis found arginine containing toothpastes promote dentinal tubule closure and are effective in the treatment of dentinal hypersensitivity.

Studies from The National Society for Biotechnology Information (NSBI)have related studies showing the effectiveness of products containing 8% arginine calcium carbonate. Arginine bicarbonate is the salt of a naturally occurring amino acid. It is derived by a natural fermentation process of arginine.

Combining arginine bicarbonate with calcium carbonate is what helps to seal open dental tubules to reduce the pain of tooth sensitivity

According to Dentistry IQ, “When combined with calcium, arginine has been clinically proven to be significantly effective in reducing caries and treating dentinal sensitivity. A common amino acid, arginine is naturally found in saliva and is metabolized by certain pH-raising oral bacteria that generate alkali instead of acids. In a normal and neutral oral pH environment, the addition of calcium aids in the remineralization process. Additionally, these two nutrients have been proven to plug and seal open dentinal tubules.”

Tom’s of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive toothpaste shows promising results for the common issue of tooth sensitivity.

Other Considerations

Another possible cause of sensitive teeth can be from clenching or grinding your teeth.

You can learn more about how to prevent damage to your teeth from clenching or grinding.

The medical term for teeth grinding is bruxism.  Bruxism, or teeth grinding affects 10 to 15 percent of adults, according to the American Dental Association.

When teeth grinding occurs frequently, it can cause harm to your teeth, dental health and overall health.

One of the most common side effects of teeth grinding are the worn areas along the gumline called abfractions.

When we are constantly exerting force on our teeth, the tooth material along the gumline will eventually chip or flake away.

This will expose the underlying dentin tooth structure creating tooth sensitivity or dentinal hypersensitivity.

The damage caused to your teeth is irreversible and measures to prevent it should be taken seriously.  Learn more about bruxism from Wikipedia.

The most common way to prevent damage from teeth grinding is by wearing a mouth guard.

There are many choices of mouth guards.  Please refer to a related article about your best options for teeth grinding.

Another common cause of tooth sensitivity is from use of teeth whitening products.

By using dentist recommended products, you can safely whiten your teeth with minimal sensitivity.

Any sensitivity caused by whitening treatments is usually reversed as soon as the whitening process is stopped.

However, this can still be an annoyance. You can brush with a desensitizing product mentioned earlier for 1-2 weeks prior to whitening to lessen the chance of tooth sensitivity from whitening treatments.

In Conclusion

Tooth sensitivity is a very common problem that affects many people. When you have symptoms of this condition, you should be examined by your dental professional to rule out any dental problems.

Once dental concerns are ruled out, you likely will be diagnosed with dentinal hypersensitivity.

Sensitive teeth remedies include these 3 things: reducing the acids in your diet, changing your brushing method and using a desensitizing agent.

By following these three recommended guidelines from your dental professional, you can successfully treat your sensitive teeth issues.
Dental exam for sensitive teeth

Because your daily habits may be contributing to your teeth sensitivity, you should take charge and consider changing these behaviors.

If your behavior persists, the sensitivity could persist as well. In most cases, by implementing these sensitive teeth remedies, you can achieve your desired results.

If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment below.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information that I provide on my website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider. I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one. I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences.

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Receding of Gums (Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevention)

Your teeth are amazingly clean. You do everything right to keep them clean. OR SO YOU THINK!

Your gums have receded and are exposing the sensitive root area along the gumline.

You may not have gum disease but YOU COULD HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM.

In this article you will learn all about receding of gums- symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention.

You need to know why this condition is just as alarming as gum disease is.

I am a Dental Hygienist and see more patients daily with this issue than any other issue.

I want to inform everyone about receding of gums so you can deal with this condition as soon as possible.

Receding of Gums

What Does It Mean To Have Receding of Gums?

Receding of gums is also known as gingival recession or gum recession. Basically what this means is exactly what it sounds like.

Your gums have receded (or shrunk away) from your tooth. This exposes the sensitive and cavity prone root area of the tooth.

Wikipedia describes it as “the exposure in the roots of the teeth caused by a loss of gum tissue and/or retraction of the gingival margin from the crown of the teeth.”Receding gums

This is a common problem for many people and may or may not be related to gum disease. I will explain more about this shortly.

What Are The Symptoms of Receding Gums?

  • Sensitive teeth to temperature– Your teeth have become bothered by temperature changes. These include extreme hot or cold foods and drinks. This could also include breathing in cold air.
  • Sensitive teeth to touch– You get a sharp shooting “zing” or sensation of pain when touching your teeth along the gumline when brushing. Both of these sensitivities are due to the exposed dentin of the root. The root has tiny tubules that lead to the nerve of the tooth. When the root is exposed, these tubules transmit the sensitivity directly to the nerve of the tooth.
  • Noticeable darkness or yellowing color along gums– The teeth appear darker along the gumline when the root is showing. This is because the root portion is covered in a material called cementum which is much darker than the white crown of the tooth.Tooth anatomy
  • Notches or grooves worn along gumline– Wear facets or grooves can be etched into the teeth from overbrushing causing the gumline to recede.
  • Teeth look longer– Your teeth will look longer if the roots are visible and exposed. This may give you the appearance of being “long in the tooth”.
  • Teeth are loose– Mobility of teeth occurs because there is a loss of attachment holding the teeth in place.
  • More space between teeth– When gums pull away from the teeth it appears as if there is more room between them.
  • Gum Disease– You may notice red, puffy, swollen gums that bleed easily if gum recession involves gum disease.

Causes of Receding Gums

Now you know what gum recession looks like but what caused it in the first place?

You will be shocked to know that more often than not, gum recession is caused by overbrushing.

Yes, that is right, you are more likely to have receding gums if you are an aggressive brusher or someone who over brushes their teeth than someone who has poor gum health due to lack of good brushing habits.

How can this be? The gumline is a very delicate area and it truly does not take much pressure or aggressiveness to remove the soft, sticky bacterial plaque hiding underneath and along the gumline.

The gumline is the most common area for disease causing plaque to hide so it is important to thoroughly brush this area.

However, most people apply way too much pressure with their toothbrush and maintain a scrubbing type of motion when doing so.

This will ultimately cause the gumline to pull away from the tooth exposing the sensitive root area.

Using too stiff of a bristle on your toothbrush will cause the gums to prematurely recede.

Always stick with the softest bristled brush available (ideally an extra soft).

Electric toothbrush for receding gums

Using an electric toothbrush will greatly reduce the progression of recession and I will discuss the best options shortly.

Another very common cause of gum recession is from teeth that are crooked or misaligned. The Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics explains why gingival recession occurs because of this.

When teeth are not correctly positioned in the jawbone, gingival recession is more likely due to lack of supporting jaw bone.

When you clench or grind your teeth, you are more likely to form V-shaped recessed areas along the gumline. These areas are known as abfractions.

When you clench or grind your teeth at night, you are placing excessive and dangerous force on your teeth and their supporting structures in the jaw.

Grinding your teeth can cause the tooth structure along the gumline to chip away due to the excessive force of the clenching and grinding motion.

This, in turn, will cause the gumline to slowly pull away from the teeth exposing the underlying root area.Receding gums known as abfractions It is important to prevent abfraction areas along the gumline from occurring in the first place. I will discuss how to prevent receding gums due to abfractions in the prevention section of this article.

Gums can also recede due to lack of good home care. With poor plaque control, gum disease can occur. With the build up of plaque and tartar along the gumline, the gums will have a natural tendency to shrink away from the tooth.

The gum is designed to fit like a collar around the tooth. With gum disease, spaces called pockets form around the tooth structure. This causes a progressing loss of attachment of the gum to the tooth.

There are other factors that can cause gums to recede as well. These include piercings such as lip rings or tongue rings.

Local irritants such as chewing tobacco will also cause the gums to recede away from the tooth.

Hereditary factors also come into play. Some people are born with weaker gum tissue and are prone to this situation occurring.

Treatment for Receding Gums

If the underlying cause of recession of gums is not treated, it is possible to lose your teeth if too much recession occurs.

Procedures carried out by a specialist called a periodontist can successfully treat areas of excessive recession.

It is not always necessary to have treatment for receding gums.

Depending on the severity of your case, it may be fine to monitor these areas for changes and symptoms in the future.

After treating the underlying causes, it may be enough to watch these areas without having to correct the amount of recession that has occurred.

Oftentimes, being aware of these areas is all that is needed so that further recession does not occur.

If you have had any areas of recession of your gums, you are more prone to further damage in the future.

That is why it is important to read the following section on prevention of receding gums.

If the amount of recession is minor, you can treat areas of sensitivity by using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

These products are very effective at blocking the tubules on the root of the tooth that lead to the nerve.

The product below uses the latest technology to give you relief in as little as 3 days. You can order it from Amazon.

Sensitive toothpaste for receding gums

The active ingredient in sensitive toothpaste will fill in these tiny openings on the root so the sensation of pain is not felt.

Using a fluoride rinse or a high fluoride toothpaste will also help to desensitize areas of recession in much the same way.

If the amount of root exposure and loss of attachment is severe, it warrants a visit to the periodontist.

You will be given a referral from your general dentist to this specialist. The periodontist will discuss all your options with you on how to treat your condition.

A soft tissue graft is most commonly done to repair the area. This is where a piece of tissue from another part of your mouth (usually the roof of your mouth) is removed and repositioned in the area of recession to cover the exposed root.

There is another common treatment procedure that is gaining popularity these days.

This is called the pinhole surgical technique. This procedure is also done by a periodontist and involves placing a small (pinhole size) hole in your gums.

Specially designed instruments will loosen and guide your tissue over the receded part of the tooth.

This method is becoming popular because it does not require cutting or stitches and healing time is greatly reduced. Learn more about the pinhole surgery technique here.

This technique is minimally invasive and there is a decrease in postoperative pain and complications compared with the traditional soft tissue graft method.

Visit your dentist for receding of gums

You should have the discussion with your dentist which procedure may be right for you.

Like I mentioned earlier, it may be enough to monitor your progression without having to have a corrective procedure done.

This would mean you would need to prevent the underlying cause of the recession in the first place. Treating the underlying cause of recession brings us to our next section….

Prevention of Receding Gums

If the cause of your receding gums is because of clenching and grinding, you will need to invest in a night guard or mouth guard.

This will prevent abfractions (“V” shaped notches in your gumline exposing the root) from occurring along the gumline.

A night guard will help to keep your teeth slightly separated at night when you may be subconsciously clenching and grinding your teeth.

Mouth guard to prevent receding gums

You can purchase a night guard over the counter at your local drugstore or have a custom-made mouth guard made at your dental office.

Another effective and affordable option would be to purchase one online that can be custom fit by sending in impressions sent to you from the company.A custom fit mouth guard ordered online is made from impressions and will give you the best protection.

If your receding gums are caused from overbrushing or too much pressure when brushing, your dentist will advise you to invest in an electric toothbrush.

It is wise to purchase one with a built in timer which makes it easy to brush for the dentist recommended two minutes.

Another feature which will help prevent recession, is the built in pressure sensor. This alerts you if you are using too much force.

Gentle pressure is all that is necessary to remove the soft sticky bacterial plaque and food debris from your teeth.

Make sure to look for the ADA seal of acceptance when purchasing an electric toothbrush.

You can read this article on electric toothbrushes for your best options.

Electric toothbrush to prevent receding gums

Another way to prevent recession of the gumline is to prevent gum disease.

By keeping your teeth and gums as clean as possible you will be improving their health.

This reduces the chance that bacterial plaque will cause destruction of your gums.

Learn about gum disease and ways to prevent it in the article: “Gum Disease and Treatment- You Have It Now What?”

Waterpik to prevent receding gums

An oral irrigator can be a wise investment that will help prevent gum disease. It will help you remove twice as much bacterial plaque from between your teeth than flossing can.

Final Thoughts on Receding of Gums

You now know everything you need to know about receding of gums.

This includes symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention.

Not everyone will need treatment for their receding gums. If you have receding gums, it is advised that you visit your dentist for an evaluation.

You and your dental professional can discuss what treatment, if any will be necessary.

Following the information in this article will help manage and prevent further recession.

You need to know that if you have receding gums, you are not alone. However, you should not ignore this condition.

It can progress to a point where surgery is your only alternative.

Here’s to you and your healthy smile. Please feel free to leave a comment or question below and I would be happy to respond.

Medical Disclaimer:
The information that I provide on my website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider.  I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one.  I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences.

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What A Teeth Cleaning Is | A Dental Hygienist Explains

As a dental hygienist, I know many people have wondered what a teeth cleaning is.

Have you been putting off this procedure?

Afraid of what might happen during your visit?

I am here to explain everything you can expect from this routine dental visit.

Oftentimes, people avoid going to the dentist simply because they are uncertain of what to expect.

Or maybe you are familiar with the dentist but do not understand what the procedure entails.

I want to fill you in on everything that happens during this visit to put your mind at ease as to what a teeth cleaning is.

This article will explain step by step the what, when and why of each portion of this very important visit.

I will be referring to you as the patient throughout this article.

After your teeth have been cleaned they will appear brighter and your mouth will feel fresher.

However, the reason for a teeth cleaning is not all about appearances.

More and more studies have shown the correlation between a healthy mouth and your overall health.

This means that a teeth cleaning will benefit more than just your mouth. It will benefit your whole body.

You can learn more about a teeth cleaning from Wikipedia.

What is a teeth cleaning

Arriving To the Hygiene Appointment

When you, the patient, appears for a dental evaluation, cleaning, exam and xrays, you will be scheduled with the hygienist.

This appointment may be either a recall (returning visit) or a new patient exam.

Initially, you will fill out all registration information, insurance information and a complete medical history.

Your health history should be updated at every appointment for any changes to health, recent illnesses or surgeries and any new or different medications.

Why is this important?

The reason for this is that certain conditions or medications affect the health of the mouth and your dental professional needs to know how best to treat you.
Medications cause dry mouth

For example, certain medications may cause inflammation and blood thinners may cause bleeding gums. Conditions such as diabetes will affect the health of your gums as well.

Also, it is important to know about any artificial joints or heart valve replacements.

Dental procedures may require antibiotics to help protect your health against infections.

Knowing your blood pressure status is also very important as dental anesthetic can affect your blood pressure.

Be sure to be complete when listing all your health conditions and medications as this will help your dentist treat you based on your specific needs.

Don’t forget to list any supplements you may be taking as well.

Most people forget that certain supplements act the same way as prescribed medications. An example of this would be fish oil which is also a blood thinner.

If you have a current medical history on file with your dentist, it is best to have this information reviewed with you and updated for any recent changes prior to your appointment.

At the Beginning of Your Appointment…

You will be greeted kindly at the beginning of your appointment and made to feel comfortable. Your hygienist will ask you if you have any concerns with your teeth or gums.

Listening to any concerns you have is very important.

Upon listening, your chief complaint can be determined as well as any other concerns.

Certain considerations and risk factors will be determined in evaluating your concerns.

Such factors may include: your age, medications, tobacco usage, stress and social and economic status.

Also, your medical history will be taken into consideration noting if there are any systemic diseases like diabetes present.

Next, an extra oral and intra oral exam are completed.

During the extra oral exam, your lymph nodes, skin, eyes, lips and jaw joint (TMJ joint) will be examined.

What A Teeth Cleaning Is

Any abnormalities will be noted in your chart. These abnormalities may include such things as swelling, inflammation and discoloration. The jaw joint will be examined for any unusual pain or clicking and popping noises.

For the intra oral exam, the hard and soft palate (roof of your mouth), tongue, cheeks and throat are examined.

This is an oral cancer screening and you will be notified of any suspicious areas that may need further evaluation by your medical doctor.

The inside of your lower mouth, inside and outside of your lips, borders and underneath side of your tongue, tonsil area and back of your throat are all areas included in this exam.

The intra and extra oral exams are very important and will be done at every cleaning appointment regardless of whether you are a new or existing patient.

A Restorative Evaluation Is NextDental exam

You may wonder what this is. A restorative evaluation is an exam looking for work that needs to be done.

This would include looking for decay (cavities), broken teeth, chips, cracks or infections of existing teeth.

The hygienist will perform the initial restorative evaluation looking for anything suspicious to bring to the dentist’s attention.

A dental hygienist cannot legally diagnose any work that is needed but they can alert the patient as to areas that the dentist will need to further evaluate.

After a thorough investigation of your teeth is complete, it is time to evaluate your gum tissues.

This is called a periodontal evaluation and you will have this done at each teeth cleaning appointment.

The reason this is needed at each visit is that a lot can change with your gum tissues from one visit to the next.

Your gums will be evaluated by the dental hygienist with a small measuring device called a probe.

What the probe measures is the depth of the gum tissue in millimeters that is surrounding the teeth.

A normal healthy gum measurement would be anything 3mm or less.

Any measurement above 3mm would indicate a pocket or loss of attachment. This would be a sign of gum disease.
Your hygienist will take measurements of your whole mouth once a year and a PSR screening on 6 month evaluations. PSR stands for periodontal screening report.

There are other things your hygienist will be evaluating when checking your teeth and gums. You will also be evaluated for mobility (loose teeth), bleeding and receding gums.

Why Xrays Are Important

As part of the restorative exam, xrays will be used to evaluate any areas that cannot be seen in the mouth just by looking clinically.

What these mean are the areas underneath existing fillings, between the teeth, under the gumline, the bone structures supporting your teeth and infections of the teeth.

Learn more about the importance of dental xrays from Wikipedia.

Xrays for dental hygiene appointment

There a different types of xrays taken by your dentist.

The bitewing xrays show decay best and are usually taken as a set of 4 xrays for an adult or a set of 2 xrays for children under the age of 12.

Children under 12 do not usually have their second or twelve year molars erupted yet so 2 xrays are adequate to see all of their teeth.Panoramic Xray for Dental Cleaning

The panoramic xray is an xray of your full mouth. You will usually have this xray taken at your teeth cleaning appointment if you are a new patient or once every 5 years.

This is an xray that shows the entire jawbone, sinus area, TMJ (jaw joint), bone levels and signs of infection.

This is also used as an oral cancer screening as it shows possible cysts and tumors and oral cancerous lesions.

Ideally your dentist will want to update your xrays on a once a year basis for bitewing xrays and once every 5 years for a full mouth xray.

Your dentist will ask your permission before taking xrays.

Why Do You Need a Teeth Cleaning?

Your dental hygienist and dentist will put together a treatment plan on how your teeth should be cleaned based on the information gathered during your assessment.

Tartar forms on your teeth when dental plaque is not fully removed on a regular basis with your day to day home care routine.

Minerals in your saliva combine with the unremoved plaque to form crystals that harden into tartar.

This tartar acts as an area to trap more bacterial plaque. The plaque give off toxins which cause inflammation in the gums.

In defense to rid you of this inflammation, the bone and supporting structures of your teeth will slowly be lost.

This is considered periodontal disease or gum disease.

There are supplements to help with inflammation that your dentist may suggest to treat and prevent gum disease.

You need to have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis to remove the deposits that form above and below the gumline.

There are areas where it is impossible for you to reach with your home care routine that only your dental hygienist can remove.

Plaque and inflammation in the mouth has been shown to be correlated with many other health conditions of the body.

Ongoing research is proving the correlation between gum disease and diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, strokes, cancer and premature births to name a few.

A healthy mouth with minimal plaque, tartar and minimal inflammation will require a routine dental cleaning.
Periodontal or gum disease

When there are signs of disease present, you may require a more in depth cleaning referred to as a “deep cleaning” or gross debridement.

A gross debridement is usually followed up by a second appointment to remove the remaining deposits from your teeth once the inflammation has subsided.

If you have gum disease present, you may require a series of appointments to completely remove all the tartar deposits completely.

This type of cleaning is called scaling and root planing and will require anesthetic or “numbing” to make you more comfortable.

What A Teeth Cleaning Is……

Another name for a teeth cleaning is a dental prophylaxis. The procedure usually takes 45 minutes. A one-hour appointment is reserved if it is your first visit.

The purpose of a teeth cleaning is a measure to preserve a healthy mouth.

A teeth cleaning is done to remove bacterial plaque (biofilm) and tartar from all surfaces of your teeth.

A routine cleaning is performed on a healthy mouth where there is no inflammation or bleeding.

If there is a heavy build up of tartar above and below your gumline, you may require a more in depth cleaning.

This type of procedure is called scaling and root planing and will be done using local anesthetic for your comfort.

Scaling and root planing is done in several visits and the purpose is to remove tartar and toxins from the roots of your teeth as well as the crown portion.

This deeper type of cleaning it done to reduce the pocket formation caused by gum disease.

When your pockets are reduced, this allows you to effectively clean your teeth and maintain gum health with your own home care techniques.

Your dental hygienist will use a series of tools and instruments to remove all deposits and stains from your teeth.A Dental Cleaning

Hand instruments are used called scalers and curettes. These are sharp metal instruments that can scrape and smooth the teeth and root surfaces to remove tartar deposits.

Another tool used is called an ultrasonic scaler. This is a power driven scaler which works by supplying high-frequency vibrations to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.

There are different types of power driven scalers but they all work in a similar way. An electromagnetic force is created in the scaler which causes the tip to vibrate at a very high pace.

These vibrations are faster than the speed of sound and they will effectively remove any plaque, tartar or stains from your teeth in a third of the time it takes to use hand instruments.

A flow of water comes through the tip to keep it cool since the high frequency vibrations create heat.

Some people prefer the use of ultrasonic scalers versus hand scalers because of their efficiency and less pressure needed to remove the deposits. Less pressure can mean better comfort.

Usually a combination of regular instruments and power driven instruments will be used during your appointment.

Polishing is done once instrumentation is complete. A medium to coarse grit polish is used for most adults whereas a fine grit polish is adequate for children.

The coarse grit polish is advised for removal of surface stains from tobacco, mineral deposits, coffee and tea.

A handpiece will be used with a disposable polishing tip that has a soft rubber cup.

This rubber cup will be positioned on all surfaces of your teeth.A Dental Cleaning

The purpose of the polishing is not purely aesthetic. Polish contains fluoride and it will be incorporated into your teeth enamel with the polishing procedure. This will help to strengthen and protect your teeth from cavities.

The polishing also provides a nice smooth surface on your enamel following the scaling procedure. This makes it more difficult for bacterial plaque to reattach in the future.

Following the polishing procedure, you will have all of your teeth flossed to remove any remaining polish from between your teeth.

Fluoride varnish can be applied if you wish to further strengthen and protect your teeth.

This is a very concentrated form of 5% Sodium Fluoride and it is recommended to have this applied following the teeth cleaning procedure.

You will be instructed not to eat or drink for a period of time (usually 30 minutes) to allow it to stay on your teeth for as long as possible for better absorption.

Also, it is advised not to brush or floss for a period of 4-6 hours following application to keep the fluoride in place on your teeth.

The Most Important Part of a Teeth Cleaning…

Oral hygiene instructions are the most important part of a teeth cleaning.

Your dental hygienist and dentist will evaluate how well you are taking care of your teeth.

You will be questioned on your home care techniques and given advice on how you may improve the health of your teeth and gums.

Nutritional counseling is also a part of a teeth cleaning appointment. Soda consumption, sugar intake and acidic foods and drinks in your diet will be evaluated.Dental hygiene and nutrition

Many people are not aware of how diet and nutrition affect the health of their teeth and gums.

You will be informed of areas that need improvement and instructed on what you can do to maintain a healthy mouth.

Home care guidelines are specific for each person dependent on their teeth, dexterity and the health of their mouth.

Floss is most often recommended for the in between areas but water flossing may prove to me more effective for cleaning these areas.

Studies have shown that oral irrigators remove twice as much bacterial plaque from between your teeth as flossing does.

Some people may be instructed to use an electric toothbrush versus a manual brush.

You will find that by using an electric toothbrush you will remove much more bacterial plaque.

You might be given advice to use a product combining an electric toothbrush with an oral irrigator. This product is called SonicFusion by Waterpik.

This type of technology is at the forefront of optimal oral hygiene home care products.Electric toothbrush for oral health

The reason for this is the fact that an electric toothbrush will provide you with 30,000 to 50,000 brush strokes per minute versus the mere 500 brush strokes per minute a manual brush will provide.

Electric toothbrushes also have a built in timer to allow you to brush for the full dentist recommended 2 minute time frame.

If you have compromised saliva flow, your dental professional will console you on ways to deal with a dry mouth.

Saliva is very important for keeping our teeth healthy and a lack of saliva can create lots of problems for our teeth including increased decay (cavities).

If you have a concern about ways to whiten you teeth, your hygienist will gladly explain your best options.

A Dental Exam Is Included in the Teeth Cleaning

After your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and polished, you will be asked if you have any questions.

You can also express any concerns to your hygienist or dentist at any point during the teeth cleaning procedure.Dental Exam

At the end of the appointment, the dentist will provide a thorough examination. This examination will take into consideration your oral cancer screening, gum health, xrays and a clinical evaluation.

You will receive a diagnosis of the condition of your teeth and gums and what work will be needed to treat your specific condition.

This diagnosis may include cavities, broken teeth, infections, gum disease or teeth that require extractions.

You will be given a treatment plan by your dentist that will restore your mouth to optimal health.

Options for restoring teeth or replacing missing teeth with implants will be thoroughly discussed.

Also, included in the appointment are any home care tips and alternative treatments that may help you achieve optimal oral health.

Some of the latest research focuses on preventing inflammation in the mouth to prevent disease.

Another area of promising research is in dealing with your oral microbiome. Just like probiotics for the gut, there are now probiotics for the mouth.

These specific oral probiotics are designed to help treat such maladies as bad breath, cavities and gum disease.

These work by encouraging the presence of good bacteria over bad bacteria.

A recall time frame will be established as to when you should return for your next check up.

If you have a healthy mouth, it will be advised that you return for your next teeth cleaning in 6 months. Most insurance companies provide this twice yearly protocol as part of their benefits.

Having conditions like gum disease or systemic conditions like diabetes will make it important for you to have more frequent teeth cleanings. A common recall for these conditions is every 3-4 months versus every 6 months.

Insurance also recognizes the importance of more frequent cleanings and will oftentimes provide you with additional benefits.

What A Teeth Cleaning Is

Now You Know What A Teeth Cleaning Is

I encourage you to get to your dentist and have a teeth cleaning done.

Your dental professional will help you stay on track to the most healthy version of you!

Knowing what to expect during a dental cleaning will help you to be comfortable during your visit.

You now know each of the individual components that make up the entire procedure and are well informed on what a teeth cleaning is.

Now you are going to be prepared for your visit and you will be prepared to ask questions of your dental professional.

Do not be afraid to ask questions! Your dentist and hygienist are specially trained to be able to answer your questions and concerns.

Please feel free to ask any questions below as well.  I would be happy to help!

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What Is A Dental Hygienist? (Job Description and Requirements)

What is a Dental Hygienist?  Have you ever wondered this? 

Or maybe you are just curious if this career is something you might want to pursue.

I have made a life long career of Dental Hygiene and I am here to explain the job description and requirements in detail.

Essential functions and responsibilities of the job will be provided.  I will explain the care given to the patients, typical job demands and typical working conditions.

I will go into detail about the job description of a Dental Hygienist and the requirements to become one.

Also, in this article I am going to explain all the prerequisites needed in order to obtain a position as a Dental Hygienist.

You can learn more about me and my Dental Hygiene career on the About the Author page.What Is A Dental Hygienist

Summary of Position

A Dental Hygienist will provide dental hygiene services including educational, therapeutic methods and preventative services for the control of oral disease.

The goal is to help individuals achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

You can see the definition of a Dental Hygienist here from Wikipedia.

Oral health is defined as the absence of disease in the mouth. 

Such disease processes include:  cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. 

A dental hygienist strives to treat and prevent such ailments from occurring in their patients.

Some people are better suited for this position than others.

In addition to a degree and license (which I will discuss shortly), a Dental Hygienist will do well if they have a certain set of skills.

This is a healthcare position and those who work in this occupation need a desire to help others.

The ability to relate to people is important. A compassionate and caring individual will thrive in this field.

A few other skill sets are important. These include great attention to detail and manual dexterity to be able to complete a thorough cleaning and work inside patients’ mouths.

Essential Responsibilities

Patient care is a priority. This includes:

  • Setting up and preparing the treatment room according to OSHA standards.
  • Performing a prophylaxis (cleaning) on a child or adult. This includes removing deposits from above and below the gum line that may contribute to disease. These deposits are generally food debris, bacterial plaque and calculus (tartar).
  • Polishing to remove accretions and stain from all surfaces of the teeth and flossing all teeth.
  • Educated patients on ways they can improve their oral health and answering questions in regard to their oral health.
  • Teaching patients good home care techniques so that they may maintain oral health.
  • Helping patients to feel at ease during their appointment and addressing all concerns.
  • Teaching patients about diet and nutrition for optimal oral and overall health.
  • Taking diagnostic digital x rays prescribed by the Dentist including bitewings, periapical and panoramic x rays.
  • Taking intraoral camera and video images as a diagnostic tool for the Dentist.
  • Performing evaluations of intra and extra oral tissues and report findings to the Dentist.
  • Recording periodontal findings and evaluate patients’ gum health by measuring and recording pocket depths.
  • Performing fluoride treatments as prescribed by the Dentist and applying sealants on teeth to prevent decay.
  • Providing local anesthetic as necessary under the supervision of the Dentist.
  • Cleaning up after patient care and sterilizing instruments
  • Performing daily maintenance on tools and equipment.
  • Practicing the recommended safeguards for personal and patient safety.
  • Computer entries involving charges, scheduling, treatment planning, health histories and insurance information.
  • Record keeping and documentation of all patient information.

Performance RequirementsWhat Is A Dental Hygienist


You will need to be a graduate of an accredited Dental Hygiene school.

This may be an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. A master’s degree in Dental Hygiene is also available but less common.

An associate degree will allow you to practice Dental Hygiene in a clinical setting.

You will need a bachelor’s or master’s if you desire to hold a position that involves teaching Dental Hygiene in a public or school health program.


In addition to being a graduate of an accredited school, a current state license is required.

In order to obtain a state license, you will need to have passed state and national board exams.

A current state license is required. This license is good for a period of two years.

After each two years, a fee is paid to the state in order to renew it.

Fees vary by state but on average are around $100.

You will also need to obtain a certificate to administer local anesthesia.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Professional skills with patient contact is necessary.
  • A polite, friendly and personable demeanor is beneficial.
  • Knowledge of computer skills are required. You will be trained in the software for the particular office that you work in.
  • You must be organized and able to stay on schedule.
  • You will need the ability to operate x ray equipment, intra oral cameras, instruments, ultrasonic scalers, polishers, hand pieces and other equipment as needed.
  • A great attention to detail is necessary using tactile and visual senses.
  • You must be able to concentrate and focus.
  • You will need to be able to follow directions closely as given to you by the Dentist.
  • Being able to work well with others will make you a valued employee.
    What Is A Dental Hygienist

What a Dental Hygienist Is

A Dental Hygienist is a professional health care provider who helps people improve their oral health.

By helping people improve their oral health, a Dental Hygienist is also helping to improve their overall health.

Our mouths are connected to our bodies and the mouth is often referred to as a window to our bodies.

Oral disease can manifest itself in many ways contributing to many diseases of the human body.

By choosing to become a Dental Hygienist, you will be making the commitment to helping others. This is the most rewarding feature of this career and is what attracted me, personally to this line of work.

I encourage you to explore this very gratifying career choice. Please read more about oral hygiene and oral health solutions at

Thank you for reading and please leave me a comment or question below and I will be happy to help you!

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Dental Implants (How Much Will Dental Implants Cost?)

Do you need to replace a missing tooth? Or do you have several teeth you’d like to replace?

Do you have a gap in your smile or a loss of chewing function?

Dental implants are the next best thing to having your own natural teeth.

But how much will dental implants cost?

Many people choose dental implants because they are a popular and effective way to replace one, two or several missing teeth.

But wait! Aren’t they expensive? Yes, they can be.

But, they can also be affordable too. How much will dental implants cost? I will explain all the details for you.

In this article, I will discuss all you need to know about dental implants, the procedure and what you can expect to pay for the procedure. 

I am a Dental Hygienist and would like to help you improve your smile.  See About the Author.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants

A dental implant is a small screw made from titanium that can be placed in your top or bottom jaw.

It serves as a replacement for the root portion of your normal natural tooth that is missing.

Once the titanium screw is placed in the jawbone, it fuses to the bone over time and becomes the anchor for a replacement tooth.

A permanent crown will be secured to the titanium post and become a fixed part of your smile.

The implant that is surgically inserted into the jawbone forms the base to which attachments of different purposes can be made.

The implant will work in the same way that your natural root would have if you still had your tooth.

Research according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons suggests that dental implants on average have a 95% success rate.

They can be used to replace a single missing tooth. They can also be used as a way to support bridges and dentures when several teeth are missing.

A bridge or denture supported with implants is more comfortable and stable and allows you to bite and chew naturally.

To replace an entire missing tooth there are three parts included which I will describe in more detail shortly.

These three parts include: the implant (post surgically inserted in bone), the abutment (connector piece between the implant and crown), and the crown (white part of tooth that is visible).

Dental Implant

Implants are very popular today for many reasons:

Check out the reasons noted in a recent article of

  • Intact teeth adjacent to a missing tooth do not need to be restored as they would for a fixed bridge
  • Great option for those unhappy with a removable partial denture
  • Can make dentures more comfortable to wear
  • Dental implants can help preserve your bone after teeth are extracted or lost
  • Offers a non-removable option to replace missing teeth
  • Dental implants fuse with the jawbone offering firm support
  • They can last a lifetime with good care

You can see the implant procedure in this related video:

So, How Much Will Dental Implants Cost?

It important to know that not all dental implants cost the same amount.

There are a few factors that will come into play when determining the price of your dental implant.

Where you are located can have an effect how much your dentist will charge.

In areas where suppliers charge more to the dentists, the dentist will pass that additional charge to you.

Your dentist’s level of expertise will factor in the cost of your implant as well. More experienced providers may charge more than some just starting out.

The materials used to make the implant will have an effect on the final cost as well.  

You’ll want to discuss the options of the materials used with your dentist to come up with the best option for you at an affordable price.

The procedures needed prior to the placement of the implant will affect the final cost of the implant as well.

In some cases, you will have to add in the cost of the extraction(s) first.

Also, there are times when certain procedures will need to be performed prior to an implant such as a sinus lift or a bone graft to provide additional support for your implant.

What Can I Expect To Pay?

How much will dental implants cost?

On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 for the cost of one implant.

This is only for the implant (or titanium screw in the jawbone). But wait! There are more costs involved you need to know about…

According to the AAOMS there are several factors to consider.

Once the implant is placed, it will also require an abutment and the placement of a permanent crown on top of it.

I will further explain each one of these procedures later.

An abutment could cost around $500 and a permanent crown can cost $1,000 to $2,000. So, if you add this all up, it can be in the range of $2,500 to $5,500 per tooth.

How much does a single dental implant cost?  

Let me break it down for the average amounts charged:

$2,000 – Implant

$500 – Custom abutment

$1,500 – Permanent crown

Total: $4,000

You can expect higher costs if extra work such as bone grafting is needed before placing the implant.

What about the cost of multiple teeth implants?

The cost for having multiple implants done will decrease with each additional implant needed.

The reason for this is due to the fact that fees for such things as consultation, 3D scans, x rays and follow up visits only need to be done once versus multiple times.

Also, anesthetic and surgery time is only needed once versus several instances of each implant.

If you are having 3-4 teeth replaced in a row, an implant bridge which only requires 2 implants versus 3 to 4 individual implants could be done.

This will save you the cost of 2 additional implants.

Why Are Dental Implants So Expensive?

The main reason is because it is a surgical procedure.

You will be treated by a specialist who has received special training in the procedure.

There are a few types of dentists who have received this type of training.

These include oral surgeons, prosthodontists or a dentist who has received training in implantology.

Explanation of Dental ImplantsYou will want to have your procedure done by someone who has had special training in the procedure to ensure you are in good hands.

The procedure itself involves several appointments. This is another reason the cost is so high.

It will include a consultation, inserting of the implant (titanium post), placement of the abutment and placement of the permanent crown.

Each of these steps are a separate appointment.

Let’s look at each one in more detail for replacement of a single tooth.

You may require multiple implants if you are having a bridge or denture placed.

The consultation will be the appointment where you meet with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate to have the procedure done.

You’ll have a special 3D tomography scan and other x rays done to check the condition of your teeth and bone.

The health of your gums will be checked to rule out conditions like gum disease.

Impressions will be taken of your mouth to get started if you are a good candidate.Dental implant

For the insertion of the implant you will be given local anesthetic to numb the area to be worked on.  

General anesthetic (being put to sleep) will not be required and you will be aware of what is going on the whole time.   

A hole will be drilled into your jawbone and the implant will be inserted.

You will need to leave this be and allow the gum tissue to heal around it and the bone to fill in around the implant.

This should not be rushed and can take anywhere from 4-6 months.

Proper healing is vitally important to the success of the implant long term.  

Afterwards, you will return for checkups during this time for evaluation of healing.

After proper healing has occurred, you will return to have an abutment placed.

This will be screwed into your implant and is basically the part that will connect the implant to your final permanent crown.

A small surgery to uncover and expose the implant will be needed.

This is to remove the tissue that has grown over the top of the implant so the abutment can be placed.

The final appointment is to have the permanent crown/bridge or denture placed.

This will look like a normal tooth or teeth depending on how many implants you are having done.

Will Insurance Cover It?Insurance coverage for dental implants

The answer to this question is not that easy.

Coverage will depend on what kind of insurance you have.

Dental insurance, medical insurance or both could apply to the procedure.

The amount covered by your insurance will also depend on several things.

These include the insurance provider, plan annual limits and your plan coverage details.

Some insurance companies will cover the cost of an implant while others will not.

Also, it is possible that your medical insurance may cover the cost of some aspects of the implant.

This would be the case especially if there are medical complications as a result of tooth loss.

Your dental insurance may cover the cost of the abutment and the cost of the permanent crown.

All and all, it is a good idea to have a discussion with your dental provider and have a preauthorization sent in to your insurance company.

A preauthorization of a procedure is not committing you to having the procedure done.

It is basically asking the insurance company what portion they plan to cover and what amount you will be responsible for paying.

Dental Insurance For Dental ImplantsThankfully, more and more insurance companies are covering dental implant procedures than ever before.

Even though dental implants can be expensive, they are an investment and can bring gains and benefits to you long term.

When figuring out the cost of your dental implant, be sure to get a breakdown of each of the 3 separate procedures mentioned in order to get a fair comparison.

You will want to know the final price you will be paying for the entire process.

Be sure there are no hidden fees or charges that may be added once the procedure is complete.

Also, make sure you know any costs involved before the procedure can be done (such as cost for extractions).

You will want to be sure that the quote you receive for the process includes all of the following:

  • Initial consultation
  • 3D tomography (CT scans)
  • X rays
  • Impressions
  • All three parts of the implant (root, abutment, crown/denture/bridge)
  • Surgical procedure
  • All visits including follow up visits

Who is a good candidate?Candidate for dental implant


Not everyone is a good candidate for a dental implant.

There are several factors to consider when deciding if a dental implant is right for you.

You will want to be medically evaluated before implant surgery is done to make sure you do not have any medical conditions that would interfere with healing. 

Such conditions may include chronic illnesses like diabetes or leukemia.

If you use tobacco, you may have a slower than average healing time as well.

Having periodontal disease (gum disease) will also make you a poor candidate for a dental implant.

With periodontal disease you are more prone to infection (peri-implantitis) which could cause the implant to fail.

You Have Made the Investment, Now What?

Once you have completed the dental implant process, it is extremely important that you protect your investment.

You will want to take good care of your new implants in order for them to last.

This requires regular maintenance and may require more frequent cleanings than every 6 months.

You may need your teeth cleaned every 3-4 months instead if you struggle to keep things clean on your own.

This will remove bacterial plaque from above and below your gum line. You will want to care for them like you would your normal other teeth.

Plaque and bacteria can still build up around an implant as it would on your other teeth.

Inflammation and pocketing can still form around implants if not cared for properly and an infection of the implant could occur.

The infection of an implant is called peri-implantitis and is the leading cause of failure of a dental implant.

For this reason, it is very important for you to stay on top of your plaque control to prevent it from getting infected.

The best way to keep an implant clean is with the use of an oral irrigator (Waterpik) device.

Using an oral irrigator, you will achieve plaque control in and around the implant that brushing and flossing alone will never reach.

An oral irrigator can also remove twice as much bacteria and food debris than flossing can.

Use Electric Toothbrush for Dental ImplantsAnother way to care for your dental implant would be the use of an electric toothbrush versus a manual toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes have been proven to give you 30,000-50,000 brush strokes per minute versus only 500 brush strokes per minute with a manual toothbrush.

A very important feature of an electric toothbrush is the built-in two-minute timer.

Dental professionals agree that it is necessary to brush twice a day for a full two minutes to achieve optimal plaque control.

Controlling inflammation is key to the long term success of your implant.

Learn more about ways to control inflammation in your mouth to improve your overall health in a related article.

Use of oral probiotics, as noted in a study published in the Journal of Periodontal Research  shows promising evidence in the treatment and prevention of peri-implantitis (infection of implant).

You can learn more about oral probiotics here for the overall health of your mouth.

Oral probiotics can be helpful to your mouth just like traditional probiotics can be for your gut.

Oral probiotics have been shown to be beneficial in the reduction of cavities, gum disease, bad breath and now in preventing peri-implantitis.

Make The Investment In YourselfInvest in your healthy smile-dental implants

While dental implants can be expensive, they are an investment in yourself and in your smile.

If you talk to anyone who has gone through the procedure, you will find many people who are pleased with their results.

If you have one or more missing teeth you would like to have replaced, schedule a visit with your dental professional.

Together, you can decide if a dental implant is right for you.

If you are missing one or more teeth, there are a number of reasons why you should correct the problem:

  • Missing teeth can affect how you speak
  • Absence of teeth can affect your chewing function
  • Bone loss may occur around the missing tooth
  • A space between your teeth can be a cosmetic concern
  • If a missing tooth is not replaced, the opposing and surrounding teeth can shift
  • The biting force on the remaining teeth will change when a tooth is missing

You can receive a quote or a more detailed report of what insurance will pay if you have dental insurance.

Implants are a great value, because with good home care they can provide a healthly, stable smile for a lifetime!

Learn more about other oral health solutions by visiting

If you leave any questions or comments below, I would be happy to help!

Medical Disclaimer:
The information that I provide on my website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider.  I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one.  I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences. 

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What Is The Best Electric Toothbrush | Oral B or Sonic (5 Best Choices)

What is the best electric toothbrushAre your gums bleeding? Do you have receding gums?

Or do you just want to do all you can to improve your overall health?

Chances are that you have been told by your dentist to start using an electric toothbrush.

With good reason too, because electric toothbrushes work way better than any manual toothbrush you can buy on the market.

I will explain what is the best electric toothbrush you can purchase today.

Oral B and Sonic toothbrushes will be discussed giving you the 5 best choices.

I am going to take the confusion out of all the different choices so that you can make an informed purchase based on your dentist’s recommendation.

Has your dentist or hygienist told you that you need to be brushing better or that you are not brushing well in a particular area (behind the lower front teeth)?

Or, have you been told that you are causing damage to your teeth or gums for brushing too hard? Then an electric toothbrush is right for you.

I Want To Help You!

As a Dental Hygienist, I can honestly say that by using an electric toothbrush, I have seen THE BIGGEST improvement in my patient’s home care by simply making the switch from a manual brush. 

See About the Author to learn more about me and why I would like to help you.

Much less bleeding, inflammation and a night and day difference in the amount of tartar formation.

Not to mention, less plaque along the gum line (cavity prone area) and less recession of the gum line (exposing sensitive roots).

But why spend the money on an electric toothbrush when you can do just as good of a job brushing your teeth with a cheaper manual brush?

The reason is…drum roll here…you are NOT doing just as good of a job using your manual brush!

I will explain how and why electric toothbrushes work better. Also, I want to help you decide which make and model is going to be the best fit for you based on your needs.

Why Use An Electric Versus A Manual Toothbrush?Electric versus manual toothbrush

You may be surprised at the features offered by electric toothbrushes these days.

With everything from built in timers, pressure sensors (to indicate when you apply too much pressure) and blue tooth technology (to alert you to where you need to spend more time) you will be brushing better in no time!

Electric toothbrushes will greatly improve your brushing technique.

They are a simple addition to your home care routine that can save you hundreds of dollars on your dental care. 

Learn more about the benefits of using an electric toothbrush versus a manual brush.  This recent study was done by the US National Library of Health.

This is not even considering all the benefits to your entire health in general, especially when you think of the health issues related to bacterial plaque. 

Learn about the correlation of gum disease and your overall health.

Electric toothbrushes will provide you with more brush strokes per minute than a manual toothbrush.

With your hand motion and a manual toothbrush you will be able to provide 500 brush strokes per minute.

Using an electric toothbrush, you will be achieving 40,000 to 60,000 brush strokes per minute- a far superior improvement over a manual brush.

Do the math, THAT IS 100 TIMES MORE BRUSH STROKES per minute!

Why is the speed of the brush so important?

The more brush strokes per minute means more cleaning capacity per minute.

Think about if you were washing your car in a timed car wash.

You would get a cleaner car if you went to a wash with faster moving brushes than one with super slow cleaning brushes.

Without having to visit the dentist for twice daily brushing, you can still get high-quality cleaning results by simply adding an electric toothbrush to your home care routine.

Most Important Difference

The main difference in manual vs electric brushes is the fact that you are getting more effective brush strokes per minute.

However, the other differences are not to be ignored.

By using an electric toothbrush, you will be brushing for the full two-minute time frame recommended by dentists for effective plaque removal.

Believe it or not, most people on average spend less than one minute each time they brush when they use a manual toothbrush.

That’s TWICE as long when using an electric!

What is the best electric toothbrushIt is important to brush for this length of time to make sure you are properly and thoroughly remove plaque from hard to reach places.

These places include areas along and underneath the gum line where most plaque likes to hide.

Most electric toothbrushes even go a step further by including a quad pacer.

This is noted as an extra vibration signal at 30 second intervals to notify you that it is time to move to the next quadrant (one quarter of your mouth).

This allows you to spend equal amounts of time in each section of the mouth.[embedyt][/embedyt]

Another huge benefit to using an electric toothbrush is that they are kinder and gentler and do not allow for “over brushing” of your teeth.

Electric toothbrushes also make brushing easier.

All you need to do is hold the brush against the tooth surface and move it from one side of the mouth to the next.

There is nothing to think about- the brush does all the work for you.

They will benefit those that need extra to help remove plaque if they are a slacker or just plain lazy with their home care regimen.

Some people have physical handicaps like arthritis in their hands that make brushing difficult and could use the extra help.

But, and this is huge, they will also benefit those people who put too much force or damaging pressure on their teeth and gums when they brush.

Many of the electric toothbrushes come with a built in alert system to let you know you are being too aggressive.

Receding gum lineOver brushing can cause all sorts of problems ranging from sensitive teeth to receding gumlines that expose sensitive, cavity prone roots.

Recession of the gum line is most often caused by being too aggressive with your brushing.

The damage from recession cannot be reversed and can only be treated by seeing a gum specialist (Periodontist) to perform a procedure such as a tissue graft.

This is where they take tissue from another area of your mouth (usually the roof of your mouth) and reattach it over the sensitive exposed roots.

Sounds drastic, doesn’t it?

It is so much easier using an electric toothbrush in the first place to prevent recession.

Do You Want Rotating/Oscillating/Pulsating or Sonic?

There are two main brush types to choose from.

You can either use a rotating/oscillating type brush head or one that works by sonic vibrations. Both are very effective electric toothbrushes for different reasons.

Let’s look at the mechanics of how each one works. 

A comparative clinical study of rotating/oscillating/pulsating brushes versus sonic brushes can be viewed from PubMed.

A rotating/oscillating/pulsating toothbrush does just that. It surrounds each tooth as it spins in circles.

The brush head pulsates to loosen plaque and then oscillates and rotates to sweep the plaque away.

Oral B electric toothbrushes have a dentist inspired, small, round head which removes more plaque in hard to reach areas.

A sonic toothbrush works in an entirely different way.

In addition to the regular scrubbing motion of a regular toothbrush it also creates a secondary cleansing motion to disrupt plaque.

This motion is created beyond where the tips of the bristles can reach and is called fluid dynamics.[embedyt][/embedyt]

Fluid dynamics refers to the process where the intense speed and vibration of the brush head’s oscillating bristles agitate the fluids surrounding the teeth so that plaque is disrupted.

After that, the regular motion of the brush head takes the plaque away.

With sonic toothbrushes, the fluid dynamics also creates tiny micro bubbles from the motion of the bristles in an air/fluid environment.

Plaque can be disrupted by the energy created when these tiny micro bubbles burst. This happens when they are forcefully propelled against the tooth.

In reading this, it might make sense that a sonic type toothbrush would have added benefits when it comes to plaque removal.

However, it has to be stated that there needs to be more research to prove the long-term benefit of using a sonic toothbrush over other types of electric toothbrushes. 

A recent 6-month clinical evaluation was performed comparing the different types of electric toothbrushes and can be viewed from the National Health Institute.

Non-the-less, a sonic toothbrush will more effectively clean your teeth than a manual toothbrush.

The biggest part of sonic brush’s cleaning mechanism is due to the conventional scrubbing action of the bristles on the teeth.

What is the best electric toothbrushEach of these methods is very effective at cleaning your teeth.

When choosing between rotating/oscillating/pulsating or sonic toothbrushes, it is a matter of personal preference.

Some people like the quietness of the sonic vibration while others may be sensitive to the vibration so the rotating/oscillating/pulsating style brush is preferred.

Look For ADA Seal of Acceptance

ADA stands for American Dental Association.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance was founded back in 1931 to give consumers a way of finding oral health care products that are safe and effective.

When a toothbrush has the ADA Seal of Acceptance, you know that the toothbrush has been proven to be safe and effective at remove plaque and also for helping to prevent and reduce inflammation of the gums.

In order for a product to earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance, it has to meet the ADA standards and pass a number of ADA laboratory tests.

When a product displays this seal, you can be rest assured that the guess work has been done for you and you are getting a quality product that works!

Always look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on an electric toothbrush. The Oral B and Sonicare toothbrushes all have this seal.

So What’s The Best Electric Toothbrush?

Let’s look at the top 5 choices:

Best of the Best- Oral B Genius Pro 8000

Oral B Genius Pro 8000Features and details

  • Position detection helps you brush the way your dentist recommends which tracks the time you’ve spent brushing each area of the mouth
  • Smartphone Oral B app uses innovative technology and your device’s camera to ensure you do not miss a zone
  • Pressure sensor technology to prevent over brushing which automatically reduces brush speed and a visual alert when too much pressure is applied to protect teeth and gums
  • 6 different cleaning modes: Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Tongue Cleaning and Pro Clean Mode
  • Real time visual coaching
  • Amazon Dash Replenishment option to automatically reorder replacement heads when it’s time if you choose
  • Travel case that allows charging of your smartphone and toothbrush at the same time
  • Built in timer


  • Slightly noisy
  • Can take a few days to get used to
  • Pricier than other Oral B models

Best for Complete Oral Care- Sonicare DiamondClean Smart

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean SmartFeatures and details

  • Smartphone app combines smart sensors to provide real-time feedback perfecting your technique
  • Location sensor tracks where you have brushed and where you have missed
  • Brush head reordering service automatically orders new brush heads for you when needed
  • Glass holder that instantly starts charging your brushes when you simply place your toothbrush in it
  • 5 modes including: Clean, White+, Deep Clean+, Gum Health and TongueCare+
  • 3 intensities: High, Medium and Low
  • Pressure sensor to alert you when you apply too much pressure- light ring on handle lights up
  • 4 different brush head types that automatically pair with the appropriate brushing mode
  • Built in timer


  • No stand or holder for smartphone
  • No brush head storage
  • More expensive than other Sonicare models

The Best Sonic Clean for the Price- Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100Features and details

  • Built in pressure sensor
  • Surface stain removal to whiten teeth
  • 3 intensities, high, medium and low
  • 3 modes including: Clean, White and Gum Care
  • Safe and gentle for sensitive teeth
  • Includes travel case
  • BrushSync tracks how long you have been using your brush head for and when it’s time to replace
  • 2 weeks of regular use from a single charge
  • Built in timer


  • Brush heads can be expensive depending on where you buy them
  • May have more features than you need

High Performer With Low Price- Oral B Pro 1000

Oral B Pro 1000Features and details

  • Rechargeable with one mode- Daily Clean
  • Clinically proven superior cleaning action rotates, oscillates and pulsates simultaneously
  • Pressure sensor will stop brushing action if too much pressure is applied
  • Features the CrossAction toothbrush head with crisscross bristles to reach between teeth
  • Compatible with a variety of Oral B brush heads for every oral care need
  • Amazon’s #1 best-seller
  • Built in timer
  • Very affordable


  • Does not come with extra features such as smartphone technology
  • No position detection to alert you to areas you’ve missed
  • No choices of modes or intensities

The Best Sonic Brush With Water Flossing- Waterpik SonicFusion

Waterpik SonicFusionFeatures and details

  • Combines the proven effectiveness of the Waterpik Water Flosser with the power of an advanced sonic toothbrush
  • The head of the brush contains a built-in water flosser tip
  • Time saving as brushing and flossing can be achieved at the same time
  • There are settings up to 10 to customize comfort and intensity of the clean desired
  • Built in timer
  • Comes with 2 patented water flossing heads
  • Includes travel case
  • Features 3 modes: brush, floss, and brush + floss
  • Water flossing removes twice as much bacterial plaque than traditional floss


  • When traveling you can take brush away from water reservoir and it will hold a charge for a full week or you can bring entire unit with you to utilize water flossing option
  • Basic model will hold 2 fewer ounces of water than professional model but professional model will take up slightly more space on the counter

Learn more about the Waterpik SonicFusion toothbrush by reading the product review or you can watch the video below.

[embedyt][/embedyt]Now You Know What Is the Best Electric Toothbrush

I have outlined what is the best electric toothbrush and given you the 5 best choices of Oral B and sonic brushes.

By choosing an electric toothbrush, you will have made the choice to improve your oral health.

By improving your oral health, you are also improving your overall health. 

Read more about other oral health solutions you can implement into your home care.   

The mouth is a window into the health of the body.

Ongoing research studies are showing the relationship between bacterial plaque and many systemic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease.

These are just to name a few!

If you can afford it, you will be very satisfied with a higher end model.

You get what you pay for with more overall features.

However, if affordability is an issue, you will still be getting a very good electric brush with the less expensive versions mentioned.

Please feel free to leave any questions or concerns below and I will be happy to help.

I encourage you to please take the first step to better oral health by investing in an electric toothbrush. You are not only investing in your smile but a better overall you!

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The information that I provide on my website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider.  I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one.  I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences. 

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The Best Teeth Whitening Products- Dental Hygienist’s Top 3

Dental Hygienist's Teeth Whitening ProductsWhen considering the best teeth whitening products on the market, it is easy to get confused.

There are so many options to choose from, how do you know which ones work?

As a Dental Hygienist, I would like to share with you the top 3 choices of the best teeth whitening products available today.

I will get straight to the point as to which products work, how they work and what to expect for results. 

Please read more about me in the About the Author page.

What Makes the Best Teeth Whitening Product?

According to the ADA (American Dental Association) there are only two active ingredients that will actually change the shade of your enamel.

These two ingredients are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide.

Only whiteners with these active ingredients will work.

You should consider saving your time and money if thinking of using any other type of whitener.white teeth,

Products with high percentages of peroxide can cause tissue damage and should only be used with a dentist’s supervision.

The percentages you want to safely use at home are 35% carbamide peroxide or 15% hydrogen peroxide.

At any rate, it is always a good idea to check with your dentist before using any whitening product to make sure you are getting what is best your teeth and gums.

You can safely and effectively whiten your teeth at home if you choose the right product.  Learn more about how teeth whitening works from Wikipedia.

Make sure the product has the ADA seal of acceptance.

This is the American Dental Association’s verification that the product is safe to use and measures up to its marketing claims.

This seal removes doubt from all the whitening product claims and is a valuable sign of product quality.

And above all, what makes the best whitening product is the fact that it works! Keep reading and I will disclose the top 3 best whitening products.

Opalescence Go 15%

This is Ultradent’s newest whitening product. The Opalescence Go 15% kit comes with form fitting trays that adapt to your teeth completely.

The trays span from molar to molar and provide complete coverage of all your teeth.

The kit comes with 20 trays, 10 for your top teeth and 10 for your bottom teeth.

The trays are prefilled and can be worn right out of the package with no mess.

These can be worn simultaneously or you can choose if you only want to whiten your top or bottom teeth.

This product molds completely to your teeth instantly and in my opinion, amazingly comfortable.

I also like that it is pleasant tasting- almost like a mild minty fresh taste. Opalescence Go 15% contain 15% hydrogen peroxide and only need to be worn for 15-20 minutes a day.

Yes, you read that right, only 15-20 minutes a day! They can be worn for 5-10 days depending on the results you would like to receive.

The superior adaptability of the trays ensure that the active ingredient stays in contact with your teeth during the whitening procedure.

Your results will last at least 6 months and most people experience results after only 2-3 treatments.

This product has a few added benefits that other whitening systems do not.

From a Dental Hygienist’s view, these features make this product stand out above the others.

These benefits are added potassium nitrate and fluoride.

Potassium nitrate helps reduce sensitivity and is the added ingredient in common sensitivity toothpastes like Sensodyne.

This ingredient blocks the tubules from the outside of the tooth leading to the nerve to block sensitivity to hot and cold.

Fluoride will strengthen the enamel, provide sensitivity protection and reduce cavities.

So together, these two added ingredients will help to improve the overall health of the teeth.  Learn more about caring for your teeth and gums here.

Opalescence Go products are sold through dentists and considered Professional products; therefore are not approved by the American Dental Association because of the strength of peroxide being used.

So, you are not going to see the ADA seal of Acceptance on this product but you can feel rest assured because it is recommended and supplied through dental offices nationwide.

Dentist-supervised methods include at-home and in-office options. 

Whitening products supplied by dentists for use at home or applied by dentists in the office are considered “professional products” and are not eligible for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Whitestrips

You can safely remove 10 years of stains and whiten your teeth 25 times better than a leading whitening toothpaste with these Whitestrips.

These are thin, flexible strips that are coated with a tooth whitening gel. The active ingredient is 10% hydrogen peroxide.

These strips mold to the shape of your teeth and are used once a day for 30 minutes.

The strips have a no slip grip on your teeth and I have been able to drink a glass of water without these strips moving out of place.

Due to “Advanced Seal Technology” they will stay where you put them until you take them off.

Most Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Whitestrips come with 28 strips.

This is 14 treatments if you do both your top teeth and bottom teeth at the same time.

However, feel free to only do your top teeth or only your bottom teeth if that’s all that show when you smile. It is your choice.

Feel free to only do as many strips as you feel you need to.

If you reach your desired whiteness, you can save the rest of the box for a future date. The results will last 6 months.

You may have a wedding or reunion coming up and you can easily wear a few strips just to brighten up your smile for a special occasion.

Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Whitestrips are the first and only whitening strips accepted by the American Dental Association.

So, you can feel confident that purchasing this over the counter product will give you safe and effective results.

These Whitestrips contain the same enamel-safe teeth whitening ingredient as dentists use, so this is another reason you can feel good about their safety and effectiveness.

Be sure to effectively brush and floss or remove plaque from between your teeth by other means before applying any whitening treatment. 

This will allow you to achieve maximum results.  Clean teeth will allow better absorption of the active ingredients in the best teeth whitening products.

Opalescence PF 35% Teeth Whitening Gel Syringes/Trays

This product is a complete at home whitening treatment system.

It comes with customizable (thermoforming) at home whitening trays or can be purchased in a refill kit if you want to use trays you already may have.

The trays that come with it are heated up in boiling water which you will then bite into to make a form fitting tray that will hold the gel in place on your teeth.

With the easy syringe delivery, Opalescence PF 35% is easily customizable for each person’s individual needs.

Say you have crowns on some teeth, well you do not need to apply the gel to these areas because crowns and veneers will not bleach.

This can be a money saving feature that allows you to place the gel only where you need it which will make the product last longer.

This product is often recommended by dentists to remove discoloration of teeth due to systemic, traumatic, congenital or pharmacologic (caused by medication) causes. It can simply be used for darkening of teeth due to aging.

Opalescence PF 35% Teeth Whitening Gel contains carbamide peroxide, 20% water to prevent dehydration, potassium nitrate for sensitivity and fluoride for cavity prevention.

Each syringe contains 1.2ml of whitening gel and can be purchased in amounts of 4 or 8 syringes at a time.

To use this product you would fill the tray with a bead of gel halfway up the front of the facial side of each tray in the areas you wish to bleach.

This should use about 1/3 of a syringe. Place in your mouth and wear for 30 minutes. Rinse afterwards to remove any remaining gel.

You will see impressive results within a week but can be safely worn once a day for 30 minutes for several weeks.

However, you will want to discontinue once your desired results are achieved. Results will last for at least 6 months.

I have personally seen no regression years later of enamel shade for my patients who use this.

This formulation also comes in 20% carbamide peroxide if you wish but most people prefer the 35% gel for faster results.

You can keep the product refrigerated to prolong its shelf life but it should last 18 months.

The reason dental professionals prefer this product is due to its viscosity.

It is a very thick, sticky gel (unlike the other thin watery gels of other products).

This is important because it is thicker than saliva and therefore won’t be easily diluted in your mouth.

Use A Safe Product That Works!

best teeth whitening productsI invite you to try any one of the best whitening products- Dental Hygienist’s top 3.

You will not be disappointed with any of these choices.

When it comes to choosing which one is best for you, it is a matter of preference in how you would like to achieve your whitening results.

If you want a convenient, on the go, all in one product that is fast, then you will want to choose Opalescence GO 15%.

This product will also give you potassium nitrate for sensitivity relief and fluoride for cavity prevention.

If you would rather wear a thin strip that is form fitting to your teeth and super comfortable, then choose the Crest 3D White Lux Glamorous Whitestrips.

This product has the ADA seal of acceptance.

Or, if you want to wear a custom fitted tray and apply the gel only where you want or need it, then please choose Opalescence PF 35% gel syringe/tray system.

This product also provides cavity prevention and sensitivity relief.

All 3 of these Dental Hygienist top 3 choices for best whitening products are recommended and used in dental offices. However, these products are now available over the counter for convenient at home use.

Please feel free to leave a question or comment below and I will be more than happy to reply. Thanks for reading and enjoy your white teeth!

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The information that I provide on my website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider.  I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one.  I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences. 

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Gum Disease and Treatment- You Have It-Now What?

Treating gum disease

Have you been told you have gum disease?

Maybe your dentist hasn’t told you but you think you might.

Or maybe, you are like so many people who do not see their dentist regularly which means you probably do. 

You need to know about gum disease and treatment- and if you have it, now what?

Gum disease is an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support your teeth.

It is also known as periodontal disease. Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime- and they can with proper care.

Learning about gum disease and treatment will increase your chances of overcoming this unfortunate condition.

More than half of all people over age 18 have at least the early stage of gum disease.

After age 35, 75% of all adults are affected by some form of this disease. This means that you or someone you know is most likely affected by this disease.

In this article, I will explain the causes of gum disease, stages and the connection between gum disease and other health issues. 

I am a Dental Hygienist and  would like to help you improve the health of your teeth and gums.

Please read more about me in the About the Author page.

Also, you will learn how gum disease is found, risk factors, symptoms of this condition and what to do if you have it.

Gum disease

What Causes Gum Disease?

There are numerous types of bacteria that live in your mouth.

While this is normal, it is possible for certain types of bacteria to outgrow the others. When this happens, the gum disease process begins.

It all starts with plaque. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

These bacteria create toxins which cause inflammation of the gums and break down the attachment of gum tissues to the teeth.

When plaque is not effectively removed from the tooth surface, it can harden into something called tartar.

Tartar on your teeth make it harder for you to keep your teeth clean on your own. The tartar also acts as an area for bacteria to hang out and cause further problems.

The toxins given off by bacteria cause the gums to become red, puffy and swollen.

When this happens, the gums can start to pull away from the teeth creating spaces called pockets.

These pockets collect more bacteria and then gum disease gets worse.

What’s The Big Deal?

The mouth is a window into the health of the body.

Ongoing research is showing that many systemic diseases are related to the health of our mouths.

Diseases that affect the entire body may be first noticed because of oral problems or gum disease.

According to a growing body of evidence, gum disease could play a role in many seemingly unrelated health problems.

Please refer to the American Academy of Periodontology for more details on gum disease.

Not taking good care of our teeth and gums can lead to more than gum disease. Research has linked gum disease to many other diseases and health conditions.

These include but are not limited to: diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, asthma, cancer, premature births, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Experts say that inflammation is probably the common denominator. Gum disease, marked by inflammation may increase inflammation throughout the entire body.

We now know that inflammation is an underlying problem in many of these other health conditions.

Although gum disease may contribute to these health problems, it’s important to know that just because two conditions occur at the same time, doesn’t necessarily mean that one condition caused the other. That is why researchers are studying what happens when gum disease is treated in people who have these health problems.

Types of Gum Disease

There are many forms of gum disease.

The most common forms are gingivitis and adult periodontitis.

The earliest stage is gingivitis which affects only the gum tissue and not the supporting bone structure.

This form of gum disease is reversible.

In gingivitis, the gums become tender, red, swollen and bleed easily. This happens when the toxins in plaque irritate the gums.

You may notice when you brush or floss that there is a pinkish color to the toothpaste you spit out into the sink.

This is a sign that you have bleeding gums and is most often the first sign of gum disease you will notice.

Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease. At this stage, the gums, bone and supporting ligaments become damaged.

Plaque spreads to your tooth roots under the gum line creating spaces between the tooth and gum called pockets.

In periodontitis, the pockets harbor more and more bacteria.

An infection occurs which can damage the bone and fibers that hold teeth in place. At this stage, teeth may become noticeably loose.

In the advanced stage of periodontitis, the fibers and bone holding the teeth in place are destroyed to the point where the teeth may fall out or need to be extracted.

This stage will cause your teeth to shift, loosen and affect the way your teeth come together when you bite.

How Do You Know if You Have Gum Disease?

It is important to have regular dental checkups and exams because it is not always easy to know if you have gum disease.

Visit your dentist if you notice any of these signs:

  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Red, puffy, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus that appears between your teeth and gums
  • Bad breath that is constant and will not go away
  • Persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

Other Factors Causing Gum Disease

Plaque is the main culprit causing gum disease. However, there are other factors you need to be aware of that may contribute to this condition:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco- these habits include chemical and physical irritants to the gums
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes, blood cell disorders or HIV infections and AIDS can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making gum disease worse
  • Hormonal changes such as pregnancy, birth control or changes in hormone levels
  • Certain medications such as calcium channel blockers, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs or steroids
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Crooked teeth, bad fillings or restorations can harbor bacteria causing the condition to progress
  • Habits such as clenching or grinding teeth may increase the rate of supporting bone loss

While these things may contribute to periodontal diseases, they do not cause them.

If one or more of these circumstances apply to you, you can still have good oral health by practicing good plaque control and following your dentist’s advice.

Preventing Gum DiseasePreventing gum disease

Brushing thoroughly twice a day will help to remove the accumulation of bacterial plaque.

Studies show that it only takes an average of twelve hours for bacterial plaque to start mineralizing from the minerals in your saliva.

If you are removing the bacteria every twelve hours (or twice daily) you will be ahead of the tartar formation process.

The tartar on your teeth and below the gum line does not actually cause the gum disease but it acts as an area for the bacterial plaque to harbor.

The bacteria  give off inflammation causing toxins that irritate the gums.  You can learn more about home treatment for gum disease in this article.

Floss every day or use some other means of removing plaque and food debris from between your teeth.

A Waterpik (oral irrigator) can remove twice the amount of bacterial plaque from between teeth than flossing can.

Use a soft bristled toothbrush and remember to replace your brush every 3 months to keep the bristles in good shape.

You can improve your cleaning capability by using an electric toothbrush versus a manual brush.

Using an electric toothbrush will give you up to 50,000 brush strokes per minute compared to only 500 brush strokes per minute with the average manual toothbrush.

Combining an oral irrigator with an electric toothbrush will give you the best plaque removing device possible for your home care.

Waterpik has designed a device called the Waterpik Sonic Fusion that allows from brushing and flossing your teeth at the same time.

Use a tongue cleaner or tongue scraper. Over time, debris, bacteria and dead cells can build up on the surface of the tongue.

Bacteria give off a material called volatile sulfur compounds as a by product.

This can cause bad breath. By properly using a tongue cleaner on a daily basis, you can greatly improve your oral hygiene.

What Else Can Help Prevent Gum Disease?Healthy food to prevent gum disease

Eat a balanced diet. Research indicates that proper nutrition makes mouth tissues more resistant to infection.

Supplementing with an oral probiotic will promote the proper microbiome (balance of good and bad bacteria) in the mouth promoting oral health.

Probiotics are mostly known for benefiting digestive health but now research shows they can keep your mouth healthy too.

Oral probiotics can prevent plaque, fight bad breath, manage symptoms of gum disease and decrease the inflammation caused by gum disease.

Curcumin for gum disease

Supplementing with high quality (absorbable form) of curcumin will prevent and treat inflammation.

We now know that inflammation is a key component in the breakdown and destruction of our gum tissues.

Our inflammatory response to the toxins in bacterial plaque needs to be controlled in order for gum disease to be controlled.

When choosing a form of curcumin, it is important to use only a product that your body can use.

There are many forms of turmeric with curcumin on the market but you will essentially be wasting your money unless you purchase a product that your body can absorb.

Terry Naturally has developed a product called CuraMed with superior absorption of curcumin.

When compared gram per gram, CuraMed’s curcumin delivers up to 500 times more curcumin to the bloodstream than turmeric.

This company uses a patented curcumin called BCM-95 that is extracted from turmeric roots.

This is a natural 100% curcumin product that remains in the bloodstream for 8-12 hours, far longer than any other form of curcumin.

Do not forget to schedule regular dental visits. It is essential to have regular professional dental cleanings to prevent periodontal diseases.

Your hygienist or dentist can show you proper home care techniques for adequate plaque removal.

It is understandable that most people do not like to go to the dentist.

However, without regular checkups, it is hard to know if you may have gum disease. If it is caught early, it is more likely to be treated and managed.

So please schedule regular visits with your dentist and hygienist.

Maintenance visits are so much easier than only visiting when you have a toothache or other problem.

By this time, it is often too late and extreme measures like extractions may be needed.

Along with good home care to eliminate plaque, being aware of the state of your gum health is one of the best ways to decrease your chances of gum disease.

Gum Disease and Treatment- If You Have It, Now What?Regular dental visits prevent gum disease

The method of treating periodontal diseases depends on the type of disease you have and how far it has progressed.

The first plan of action is to have a thorough professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.

By removing the hardened tartar, it is less likely for the bacterial plaque to hide in the pockets of your gums and give off toxins.

To aid in the healing process, a more thorough or deep cleaning may be needed.

This process may require local anesthetic or numbing of the tissues for added comfort.

This process is called scaling and root planing.

By doing this procedure, the roots are smoothed so bacterial plaque is less likely to attach allowing the gum tissue to heal.

Certain antimicrobial mouth rinses may be prescribed as well as antibiotics.

However, research is ongoing whether these treatment options are beneficial to the healing process.

Often times, these are used as an adjunct to other oral hygiene practices.

Periodontal or gum surgery may be required when the spaces or pockets between your teeth and gums progress.

They may get so deep that you can no longer manage them with good home care and regular cleanings.

Newer technology allows for lasers to perform periodontal surgery.

This is a less invasive procedure with better outcomes and faster healing times.

Surgery is usually recommended for the advanced stages of gum disease to remove these pockets. 

If the pockets are allowed to remain, this invites infection and bone destruction.

With surgery, the pockets and diseased tissue are removed and then sutured back into a new position that will be easier for you to keep clean.

In ConclusionTreating gum disease

Knowing what gum disease is and what causes it is the first step in helping to prevent it. 

With good habits and home care, the beginning stages can be reversed.

If it progresses, you do have options for treating it. 

In any treatment plan, emphasis needs to be placed on good oral hygiene to keep gum disease from progressing or recurring.

Remember, you don’t need to take care of all of your teeth, only the ones you wish to keep!

Please leave a reply or a comment below and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  

To learn more keep reading related posts on oral health solutions!


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Home Treatment For Gum Disease-Clinically Proven

home treatment for gum diseaseIf you have gum disease, you are not alone.

Some form of gum, or periodontal disease affects approximately 75 percent of adults over age 30.

A home treatment for gum disease can help you or someone you know who is likely affected by this disease.

One of the most common diseases affecting the human race is gum disease.

Home treatment for gum disease remains one of the most searched for treatments for improving health today.

As a Dental Hygienist, I would like to help you answer any questions you may have about gum disease. 

Please read more about me in the About the Author page.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 64 million Americans have the advanced stage gum disease called periodontitis.

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support and surround your teeth.

Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it.

Poor dental health can have a negative effect on your overall health and should be addressed sooner than later.

Often times, people cannot afford traditional dental treatments provided by the dental office.

Or, they may lack access to care or simply do not have the time to visit their dental office.

While certain stages of gum disease can only be treated by a professional, there are options for treating and reversing the beginning stages of gum disease with an at home treatment.

This article will discuss an in depth way for you to get a handle on this unfortunate condition before it progresses to an irreversible stage causing tooth loss.

About Gum Disease- An Overview

home treatment for gum disease

Your teeth are meant to last you a lifetime- and they will, with proper care.

Gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease. “Periodontal” is derived from two Greek words that mean “around the tooth”.

The Periodontal Fact Sheet will provide you with more details.

There are several types of gum or periodontal diseases.

Each one begins with a bacterial infection that attacks the gums, bone and ligaments that support the teeth in the jaw.

Gum disease is an inflammatory disease.  Please read this article from the American Academy of Periodontology for more explanation of gum disease.

It affects hard and soft structures supporting the teeth. In its earliest stage, called gingivitis, gums become red and swollen due to the inflammation.

This is the body’s natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria.

If left untreated, gingivitis will progress to the more serious stage of gum disease called periodontitis.

In this stage, the gums pull away from the tooth and the supporting tissues are destroyed.

Gum disease can develop slowly or progress quite quickly. Ideally, you should have regular dental checkups to evaluate the health of your gums.

If you are diagnosed with gum disease, your dental professional can also discuss the at home treatment options for treating gum disease with you that will be discussed in this article.

Dental professionals can due an assessment of your overall oral condition by use of a periodontal probe (tool used to measure loss of attachment and pockets) visual inspections and x rays.home treatment for gum disease

Until recently, reducing the amount of bacteria has been the main stay of gum treatment.

Scaling and root planing is a procedure performed by a dental professional aimed at reducing the amount of bacteria present in the mouth.

This is an in depth cleaning to smooth the roots of the teeth making it less likely for bacterial plaque to reattach.

The purpose of this procedure is to reduce the amount of bacteria to a manageable amount so that your body’s immune system does not go into overdrive.

When the immune system goes into overdrive, it is called the ‘host response’.

Science has found that the way our body reacts to the inflammation (host response) takes precedence in the study of how to treat and prevent gum disease.

Even more so then how to eliminate the bacteria.

That is why many studies have explored the use of systemic agents to counteract the inflammatory action of gum disease.

In addition to seeking regular professional care, you can learn how to prevent and treat gum disease at home by practicing good oral health habits and supplementing with curcumin.

Why Not Just Use Antibiotics?

antibiotics for gum disease

For years, antibiotics have been an important part of dentistry and medicine in general.

When routine treatments fail to provide the desired results in treating gum disease, dental professionals may turn to antibiotic use.

By combining a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) with systemic antibiotics, it is believed to provide better support for the immune system in the fight against pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria.

However, when considering use of antibiotics to treat gum disease, dental professionals must realize that they may be contributing to antibiotic resistance.

According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance has become one of the biggest threats to global health.

Their mechanism of action is thought to be the leading factor in antibiotic resistance.

They destroy harmful bacteria but at the same time, they destroy the bacteria that are protecting the body.

When this happens, the bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics will multiply quickly and thrive.

As they rapidly grow, they pass on their traits which leads to further resistance.

The wide use of antibiotics has increased antibiotic resistance to a critical level.

When antibiotics are used to treat gum disease, they reduce the “good” bacteria along with the “bad” bacteria.

The natural flora (bacterial environment) that lines the intestinal tract is reduced which also lowers the defense of the body to fight infection.

To lower the risk of resistance, antibiotics should be prescribed with great caution.

Dental professionals should prescribe antibiotics treatment as a last result.

With the growing concern of antibiotic resistance, adjunctive use of oral supplements to treat and prevent inflammation has become a priority in modern medicine.

Curcumin To The Rescuecurcumin for gum disease

There are various conventional drug therapies to help treat gum disease.

However, there are numerous side effects that come with using them.

This has led to interest in plant based or all natural ways of returning the gums to health without side effects.

One of the most studied medicinal plants in dentistry is curcumin.

Not all curcumin supplements are alike so keep reading to find out which form of curcumin is necessary for the at home treatment of gum disease.

Learn more about the correlation of systemic oral use of curcumin for periodontal (gum) disease.

Studies including clinical trials show that controlling inflammation is the principal strategy to prevent and manage periodontal disease.

The search for alternative products is ongoing but curcumin is showing promising results for overall oral health.

Only a certain form which will be discussed shortly is recommended. Curcumin is a polyphenol derived from Curcuma longa plant, more commonly known as turmeric.

Curcumin has been used for centuries in ayurvedic medicine.

This is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing system. Ayurvedic medicine was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India.

The concept of this type of medicine is the belief that health and wellness depend on the balance between mind, body and spirit.

What Is Curcumin and How Does It Work?

curcumin for gum disease

Curcumin is an extract of a common spice called turmeric which is a member of the antioxidant-rich ginger family.

Turmeric is a popular orange colored spice used in many Indian foods.

The compound curcumin is found in the rhizome of turmeric which is the stem of the plant found underground.

There is much confusion today over turmeric and curcumin and the benefits of each.

There is a very small amount of curcumin in turmeric.

Many cheap supplements of turmeric on the market may only contain as little as 5% curcumin.

This small amount may not even be usable by your body.

A certain form of curcumin uses the potent extract of turmeric that we will be discussing and is many times more powerful than turmeric.

Gum disease responds well to curcumin because of its known anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.

It is by far the most powerful antioxidant known to science. In fact, it has 100s of times more antioxidant properties than blueberries.

Curcumin also has potent antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties. These are all excellent features when looking to treat gum disease.

Let’s discuss a little more about the differences between turmeric and curcumin as this can be rather confusing.

What is turmeric? Turmeric is a spice made from the ground up roots of the turmeric plant.

The resulting powder is bright yellow and has a bitter, peppery flavor. This spice is used in cooking Indian dishes and curries.

What is curcumin? Within turmeric is where the curcumin compound is found.

Scientific examination of turmeric has shown that curcumin is the substance within turmeric where the numerous health benefits can be found.

Unfortunately, curcumin makes up only 2-5% of turmeric. If you consume turmeric you are only getting a tiny portion of curcumin.

Thankfully, curcumin can be extracted from turmeric making it much more beneficial.

Watch this video to learn more about the best form of curcumin to use in the home treatment for gum disease:

[embedyt][/embedyt]Humans are not good at absorbing curcumin.  So, read on .  You will learn more about the best source of curcumin for the home treatment of gum disease.

The benefits of curcumin for gum disease are very promising.

The form of curcumin you use makes a difference. Ordinary curcumin has limited bioavailability.

What this means is that it is poorly absorbed by the body.

One company, called EuroPharma Inc. has found an extraordinary form of curcumin that is highly absorbable by the body.

A team of research scientists developed this form called BCM-95 Curcumin.

CuraMed for home treatment of gum disease

This form of natural 100% curcumin is as much as 10 times higher than other forms of curcumin and stays in the bloodstream for 8-12 hours. 

This is far longer than any other form of curcumin tested (4-6 hours for other forms of curcumin).

The ’95’ in BCM-95 refers to the composition which is 86% curcuminoids and 7-9% essential oils.

This form also does not contain any non-turmeric compounds like Bioprene, piperine (black pepper), or lecithin which are used to enhance its absorption.

Piperine has been shown to aid the absorption of curcumin.

While this does help, it is not nearly as effective as the patented BCM-95 patented technology.

This technology provides enhanced absorption and sustained retention time at meaningful levels in the body without adding a foreign substance (black pepper).

In fact, this product contains no: sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, dairy products, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, or artificial preservatives.

The composition of patented BCM-95 Curcumin contains ONLY turmeric based components and no synthetic or non-turmeric ingredients.

This composition delivers free curcumin into the bloodstream and allows it to be retained in the body for a much longer duration than ordinary curcumin.

The importance of using this specific form of Curcumin will be discussed shortly, but let’s get take a closer look at some background information….

First, Let’s Look at What Gum Disease Is

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, affects people of all ages and is very common.

Most people are not even aware that they have it. The first step to preventing tooth loss is finding the disease.

This is an infection and inflammation that affects the tissues and bone that support teeth.

When the gums are healthy, the tissue should fit like a cuff around each tooth.

When someone has gum disease, this tissue pulls away from the tooth creating spaces between the tooth and gum called pockets.

Bacteria accumulates in these pockets.

The bacteria give off toxins which causes the inflammation of the tissue.

It is your body’s own defense to try to get rid of this inflammation and in doing so, it dissolves the bone holding the tooth in place.

This is what eventually leads to tooth loss.

As the disease gets worse, the bone and tissue that support the tooth are destroyed. Treating gum disease in the early stages will help to prevent tooth loss.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the earliest stage which affects only the gum tissue.

At this stage, toxins in plaque irritate the gums.

The gums will become swollen, tender, red and likely to bleed easily.

Inflammation is now present.

Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease.

In this stage, inflammation continues and gums become detached from the teeth forming pockets that can fill with more plaque.

The toxins destroy the tissues that anchor the teeth in the bone.

Advanced periodontitis occurs as gum disease progresses.

This is where the teeth lose more attachment because the supporting bone is destroyed.

At this stage, the affected teeth may become so loose that they may fall out.

Stages of gum disease

Symptoms of Gum Disease

If you have any of these symptoms, you may have gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Swollen, tender or red gums
  • Bad breath that will not go away
  • Gums that are pulling away from your teeth
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are separating
  • Pus or discharge between the teeth and gums
  • A change in the way your teeth come together when biting

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is initiated by plaque.

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth containing millions of bacteria.

The bacteria in plaque are the root cause of gum disease.

This plaque begins forming on your teeth as soon as 4-12 hours after brushing, which is why it is so important to brush twice daily and floss once a day.

The bacteria in plaque multiply rapidly. When plaque is not removed adequately, it can form into tartar.

Tartar is a hard mineralized accumulation of dental plaque that forms above and below the gumline.

The mineralization takes place due to the minerals in your saliva.

The tartar acts as an area for more and more bacteria to collect and give off more toxins.

Don’t forget to visit your dental office for regular checkups and to have cleanings that will remove the tartar build up.

As the disease progresses, the inflamed tissue pulls away from the teeth forming spaces called pockets.

These pockets provide spaces for more bacteria to hide.

This can be a vicious cycle and if the pockets are not treated, the disease can get worse.

In the later stages of the disease, too much bone and supporting structure will be lost. This stage of gum disease is irreversible.

Other Factors Can Contribute to Gum Disease

These other factors may include:

  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes, HIV infection, AIDS or blood cell disorders
  • Teeth that are not straight
  • Bad fillings that are loose, worn or cracked can trap plaque
  • Hormonal changes such as pregnancy or use of birth control pills
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Medications such as anti-epilepsy drugs, calcium channel blockers, cancer therapy drugs or steroids

Treating Gum Disease at Home

treating gum disease at home

If you have gum disease, it is a good idea to have frequent dental visits.

The dental team can help by cleaning your teeth and removing the plaque and tartar build-up that forms in hard to reach areas around the teeth and under the gumline.

The gums can be treated at home in conjunction with your dental visits.

With good home care and plaque removal, the inflammation and pocketing can be managed and gum disease can be reversed.

The best tips for healthy gums include:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily (using an electric toothbrush will provide the best plaque removal)
  • Clean between your teeth with floss or an oral irrigator every day
  • Make healthy food choices which limit sugar
  • Avoid soda consumption or other sugary or acidic drinks
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Once daily supplementation of oral Curcumin with BCM-95 (most bioavailable product) to prevent and treat inflammation
  • Use of oral probiotics to promote a favorable oral microbiome

Why Is Controlling Inflammation So Important?

Inflammation in gum disease is the body’s natural reaction to a pathogen (bacterial) overload. The gum swelling, redness and bleeding is the initial response to the toxins given off by these bacteria.

We now have a new level of understanding of how destruction occurs due to the presence of inflammation caused by bacteria.

Today, it is well accepted that gum disease is controlled by controlling inflammation as well as bacterial control.

Numerous research publications focus on the prevention and elimination of inflammation to restore or maintain gum health.

One of the easiest ways to win the battle against bacterial overload is with adequate plaque removal.

Recent research has proven the effectiveness of oral irrigation on plaque disruption and removal.

Through the years, research demonstrates the benefits of using an oral water-jet irrigation device in combination with toothbrushing.

There are various products available from WaterPik to accomplish this.

WaterPik has also developed a product to make water flossing available with a toothbrush that has a built-in oral irrigator.

This device is called the WaterPik Sonic Fusion and it allows for brushing and flossing at the same time.

The new hybrid WaterPik Sonic-Fusion combines a solid design of sonic toothbrushing and water flossing into a single brush head.

The design removes more than twice as much bacterial plaque than standard manual brushing and flossing techniques.

This product is easy to use. A fluid irrigant flows directly from the water reservoir into the brush handle via and irrigation hose.

It is easy to access all areas of the mouth with the 360 degree swivel handle.

The WaterPik Sonic-Fusion features a balanced handle that can quickly detach converting it to an on-the-go portable device.

It has replaceable brush heads and a built-in two-minute timer.

The basic concept behind the WaterPik Sonic-Fusion and other WaterPik designs is the use of shear force created by water under pressure.

The combination of these two things will thoroughly clean and debride the mouth of debris and bacterial plaque.

Thorough and regular debridement of bacteria is beneficial to helping the body’s immune system fight inflammation.

Gum Disease and Curcumin Use for Inflammation

gum disease and curcumin use for gum disease

The effect of curcumin (turmeric) on oral and periodontal (gum) diseases is discussed further here.

This is an article from the International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR).

Herbal medicines have been around for thousands of years.

Statistics show that about 80% of the population relies on their use for their home health care needs.

Home care treatment of gum disease is a growing concern for the general population.

There are now therapeutic options for addressing the unpleasant condition of gum disease that can be practiced outside of the dental office.

Curcumin is the clear choice for addressing gum disease due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Further information discussing this topic can be found at: The Potential Role of Curcumin in Periodontal Therapy: A Review of the Literature.

The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin has long been recognized for treatment of a wide range of other inflammatory diseases.

These include: arthritis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colitis, pancreatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

It has also been successfully used to manage various autoimmune diseases.

Since gum disease is a disease of inflammation, curcumin has also successfully been employed as an at home treatment for it.

With regard to the bacteria in the mouth, curcumin exhibits a high level of antibacterial activity.

The main bacteria in the mouth that contribute to gum disease are P. intermedia and P. gingivalis. Curcumin prevents the growth of both of these bacteria.

Gum disease is a chronic infection initiated by these and other bacteria.

If left untreated, we know that it leads to the destruction of the connective tissue supporting the teeth.

inflammation of gum disease

Our body’s own immune and inflammatory response to these bacteria is what is responsible for this destruction.

By treating the inflammation or preventing it, gum disease can be controlled or treated. Systemic (oral administration) or curcumin to the rescue!

Gum disease is one of the most common diseases affecting the human race.

The disease begins with bacteria and progresses with how our bodies react (host inflammatory factors) to the bacteria.

Reducing the amount of bacteria or plaque in our mouths has been the main stay of gum disease therapy until recently.

This therapy involves deep professional dental cleanings (scaling and root planing) and oral hygiene techniques that aim to reduce bacterial plaque.

Up until now we did not know how important the host response to the disease actually is.

What this means is that science has discovered that it is actually how are body responds to the presence of the bacteria that takes precedence in how gum disease progresses.

Many studies have shown that the use of systemic (orally ingested) agents to counteract the inflammatory response can effectively manage the host response (how our bodies react to the inflammation).

When the inflammation is controlled, the disease no longer occurs.

curcumin for gum disease

Curcumin, specifically the bioavailable form called CuraMed BCM-95 can suppress the activity of Toll like receptors.

Toll like receptors (TLRs) are a class of proteins that act as mediators of innate immunity and inflammation.

TLRs are present in our blood stream and act as our first line of defense against invaders.

However, the destruction seen with gum disease is attributed to the over activation of TLRs by bacterial plaque.

Along with the suppression of TLRs, a bioavailable form of curcumin will also protect against free radical damage.

Prospective studies which include clinical trials show that controlling inflammation remains a principal strategy in the treatment and managing of gum disease.

Supplement With CuraMed

CuraMed is a dietary supplement from Terry Naturally that contains superior absorption curcumin.

It was launched in the U.S. market by EuroPharma Inc. It takes curcumin-a nutrient that is notoriously difficult for your body to absorb-and makes it ready for your body to use.

It comes in a softgel featuring BCM-95 curcumin.  This is a clinically studied formula delivering the highest bioavailability (most usable by your body) as well as a high ORAC value on the ORAC scale.

ORAC scale stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity which rates the antioxidant power of foods.

Each softgel delivers 750 mg of curcumin.

Only BCM-95 Curcumin rates over 1.5 million per 100 grams. In comparison, the antioxidant ORAC rating for blueberries have only a 6,000 rating per 100 grams.

CuraMed provides 500 mg of full spectrum curcuminoids per 750 mg capsule.

One CuraMed softgel provides curcumin benefits equivalent to up to 500 capsules of turmeric.

Benefits of CuraMed include: CuraMed for gum disease

  • Studied, safe and effective
  • This clinically studied curcumin has been used in 50 groundbreaking published studies
  • It is the only patented curcumin with turmeric essential oil containing turmerones
  • Superior support for a healthy inflammation response
  • Supports liver, brain, heart, and immune health
  • Protects cells from oxidative stress and free radicals
  • High antioxidant ORAC value ( >1,500,000)
  • From non-GMO turmeric grown without chemicals
  • Free from harmful solvents

This highly effective, standardized and concentrated curcumin fights the inflammation associated with gum disease.

It effective for all inflammatory states including: all types of arthritis, Crohn’s disease, colitis, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, tendinitis and bursitis as well as protecting cellular health.

Not surprisingly, BCM-95 Curcumin is a detoxifier, liver protector and immune enhancer.

If you suffer from any of these other inflammatory issues, you may be pleasantly surprised at the relief you will find as an added bonus while treating your gum disease with CuraMed.

The combination of its anti-inflammatory action and its high antioxidant activity creates the most powerful solution to support body’s entire metabolic functioning.

CuraMed comes in two dosages: a 750 mg softgel (standardized to 500 mg of pure curcuminoids) and a lower dose of 375 mg softgel (standardized to 250 mg of pure curcuminoids).

The lower dose is recommended for maintenance dosages for adults or for children.

The recommended dosage is one to two softgels per day of either formulation.

There have been no known serious side effects reported at this dosage. There are also no known serious side effects or interactions with prescription medications.

With these and all supplements, be sure to check with your health care provider before combining them with prescription medications.

More About CuraMed and BCM-95

BCM-95 is the extraordinary form of highly absorbable curcumin found in CuraMed.

It is the product from curcumin that is extracted from the turmeric roots grown and hand-harvested in the chemical and pesticide-free fields of India.

Extracting the curcumin from the rhizomes of turmeric is not an easy process. It takes place in a facility in Kochi, India that is state-of-the-art.

Here the extraction, drying and pulverizing is done to produce high-quality curcumin that is standardized to 95% curcuminoids.

After this process, it is then converted into BCM-95 which is a proprietary blend of curcuminoids and the essential oil of turmeric.

Here again, it is worth noting that there are no foreign added ingredients such as piperine (black pepper) included in this formulation.

Why would you want to use a product that has to formulate a foreign ingredient into the product just to allow the body to absorb it?

CuraMed with BCM-95 uses no dangerous solvents like products sold by other companies. These companies sell products that contain dangerous and potentially neurotoxic solvents.

There are many curcumin and turmeric products on the market, but if your body cannot absorb them they are essentially useless.

CuraMed is produced with a patented and unique process that delivers a curcumin that is up to 1,000% more absorbable (bioavailable) in your body than curcumin standardized to 95%

This means you would have to take up to 500 capsules of plain turmeric or 10 capsules of plain curcumin just to equal one capsule of CuraMed with BCM-95’s impact on blood serum curcumin levels.

Home Treatment of Gum Disease Just Got Easier!

happy to treat gum disease at home with curcumin

You now know the different stages of gum disease and the importance of early treatment.

You have learned the correlation of first and foremost preventing inflammation.

The different ways of preventing and treating inflammation have been discussed.

By using CuraMed with BCM-95 as an at home treatment for gum disease, you will be well on your way to a healthier mouth and an overall healthier you.

A product that is bioavailable for your body to absorb and use is key to its effectiveness. Go to Amazon to find the best price available for CuraMed.

Feel free to share your personal experiences of CuraMed. Please leave any questions or comments below.

Limitations, Safety and Adverse Effects

The most common adverse effects of curcumin are mild diarrhea or nausea.

Curcumin should not be taken by pregnant women. It may increase the risk of bleeding due to its anti platelet properties.

It is not recommended for patients on anticoagulant drugs or those who have preexisting bleeding disorders.

Curcumin should not be consumed two weeks prior to elective surgery.


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Like many people, certain foods not well tolerated by intolerance or allergy so can also be a dietary supplement be tolerated poorly by some.

Therefore, explicitly states that the use of nutritional supplements is at your own risk.

Before using products purchased via this site, you first need to read the information on the packaging.

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Mouth Guards for Teeth Grinding- Your Best Option

Mouth-Guards-For-Teeth-Grinding-Your-Best-OptionTeeth grinding is a common problem that not only affects the mouth but your entire body.

The medical term for teeth grinding is bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding affects 10 to 15 percent of adults, according to the American Dental Association.

When teeth grinding occurs frequently, it can cause harm to your teeth, dental health and overall health.

The damage caused to your teeth is irreversible and measures to prevent it should be taken seriously.  Learn more about bruxism from Wikipedia.

The most common way to prevent damage from teeth grinding is by wearing a mouth guard. There are many types of mouth guards to choose from.

This article will discuss your best option of mouth guards for teeth grinding and how you can save money on the most effective quality product.

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding or bruxism is a condition in which you clench, gnash or grind your teeth together. Most people who have bruxism will unconsciously clench or grind their teeth during sleep.

Some people will unconsciously do this while awake throughout the day. Stress is considered a major contributing factor in teeth grinding.

Other emotional triggers can be tension, anger, fear or anxiety. It can also simply be caused by periods of deep concentration.

It is a common misconception that teeth grinding is a problem that only affects the mouth. The symptoms of the condition has an impact on your entire body.

Most people who suffer from this condition will spend time and money on other treatments and medications because they are not aware that their teeth grinding is causing the problem.

Clenching and grinding your teeth is capable of causing headaches, jaw aches, facial muscle pain, neck pain, spasms and insomnia.

Doctors are not completely sure what causes bruxism but feel it may be caused by a combination of genetic, physical and psychological factors.

You may not be able to remove the cause of your teeth clenching and grinding but you can take measures to protect your teeth and alleviate the symptoms caused by it.

Tooth Damage is Irreversible

The main signs of teeth grinding are teeth that are fractured, chipped or worn. Excessive grinding can cause teeth to become loose or mobile.

Once the enamel has chipped or worn away, there is no way to get that enamel back. When it’s gone, It’s gone!

These teeth will require restorations such as fillings or crowns. Extensive restorations like bridges or implants will be required to replace loose or mobile teeth that have to be extracted.

Other signs of bruxism include waking up with jaw pain or headaches. Sleep is usually interrupted during grinding leading to poor quality of sleep.

While there may be no cure for teeth grinding, many people will find that wearing a mouthguard will give them needed relief and prevent irreversible tooth damage.

Custom Fit Mouth Guards are the Best OptionMouth-Guards-For-Teeth-Grinding-Your-Best-Option

A mouth guard is a device you wear over the biting surface of your teeth.

They can be made for your top or bottom teeth but most people prefer ones worn on the top teeth as these are the most comfortable to wear.

These appliances keep your top and bottom teeth from touching. This in turn will relieve the stress and tension on your jaw normally caused by clenching and grinding.

You will be providing a protective barrier of your teeth from the massive forces of the jaw. In your body, the strongest muscle based on its weight is the masseter muscle.

This is one of the muscles of the jaw. With all the muscles of the jaw working together, a force is created as great as 55 pounds on your front teeth and 200 pounds on your molars.

This is definitely a significant force, especially when you take into consideration that these forces occur on a regular basis.

There are several types of mouth guards. Purchasing an over the counter mouth guard for teeth grinding can be very challenging due to the overwhelming amount of choices.

Non-custom or universal fitting mouth guards are the least expensive and can be purchased anywhere between $10 to $25.

These mouth guards are not recommended as they do not stay in place and are more of a one-size fits all model.

Often, these devices are made of plastic that wears through easily.

Another option is a boil and bite type of mouth guard. These devices allow a tighter fitting appliance to be molded to your bite.

These mouth guards will cost $20 to $30 but are still not a good choice due to the thin and easily worn through material they are made from.

Boil and bite mouth guards allow you to boil the product to heat it up and require you to bite into them while they are still warm.

This will “register” your bite. These appliances are often uncomfortable to wear long term and ill-fitting.

Your dentist will recommend that you have a custom formed hard acrylic mouth guard fitted for you.

This is by far the best option of all. It will give you a comfortable and very durable product that will provide maximum protection for your teeth.

Custom mouth guards can be made by your dentist by taking an impression of your teeth and sending it to a dental lab for a precise fit.

These mouth guards can cost anywhere from $400 to $600 and are not covered by most dental insurance.

You can now purchase a custom mouth guard directly from a dental lab versus going through your dentist.

A custom mouth guard is made from an impression of your teeth providing the most accurate and comfortable fit.

These products stay in place and are made from hard acrylic that will withstand wear from even the most aggressive grinder.Mouth-Guards-For-Teeth-Grinding-Your-Best-Option

Custom Mouth Guards Are Now Affordable

Amazon has taken the high cost of a custom mouth guard out of the equation.

A custom mouth guard can be made from the same type of dental lab your dentist uses.

J & S Dental Lab Dental Mouth Guards have provided a convenient and affordable option.

Purchasers simply order a home impression kit to be taken in the privacy of their own home. A putty type material is provided in the kit.

The impression is mailed back using the prepaid return envelope provided.

Based on the impression, the company’s dental lab (same type of lab all dentists use) will provide you with a customized mouth guard in the mail shortly thereafter.

These mouth guards are the same high quality products provided in dental offices but only cost a fraction of the price.

J & S Dental Lab Dental Mouth Guards are made from BPA free laminate and hard acrylic and a prescription is not required.

This product is backed by 100% money back guarantee.

This guarantee allows the purchaser to return the item if not completely satisfied for a full refund with free shipping. 

The company will do anything it needs to in order for you to be completely satisfied with your mouth guard.


I encourage you to invest in the best mouth guard for teeth grinding.

While mouth guards for teeth grinding can be purchased over the counter, it is best to get a custom fit. 

This will allow for a more durable and comfortable appliance that will be most effective in alleviating the symptoms of bruxism.

The J & S Dental Lab Dental Mouth Guard is a quality alternative to prescription dental mouth guards and will provide you with professional quality that is custom-made.

They have a five star customer service to provide perfect fit and comfort guaranteed.

This product could potentially save you up to 75% off the cost of the same high quality product you would receive from your dentist.

Go to J & S Dental Labs Dental Mouth Guards on Amazon to order your custom-made mouth guard for teeth grinding directly from the lab and manufacturer.

I encourage your feedback and look forward to you sharing your positive experiences! Please leave your comments below.


Medical Disclaimer:
The information that I provide on this website is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Care and investigation should always be sought from an appropriate health care provider.  I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one.  I have created this site as a way to share information and experiences. 

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