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

Education

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.

License/Certificate

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 oralprobioticheath.com.

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

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 Perio.org.

  • 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 www.oralprobiotichealth.com.

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. 

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] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chqjw61B1IM[/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] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4_MGFd2Sug[/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

Cons

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Cons

  • 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] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr8uVNbFtMk[/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!

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. 


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!

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. 

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.

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!

 

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. 

Waterpik Sonic Fusion- What It Is and Is Not

Waterpik Sonic Fusion

Waterpik Sonic Fusion is the combination of power from an advanced sonic toothbrush and the proven effectiveness of the Waterpik Water Flosser in one easy to use product.

Learn more about Waterpik Sonic Fusion– what it is and is not and whether this device is right for you.

Brushing and flossing are tedious and time consuming practices. 

Non-the-less, proper oral hygiene is extremely important for our oral health as well as our over all health.

As a Dental Hygienist, I often hear concerns from my patients. 

With so many oral health care products on the market to choose from, they wonder which ones are the best ones to use.

I would like to help you make the best choice of an electric toothbrush. 

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

I will go into detail explaining the Waterpik Sonic Fusion. 

I want you to make an informed decision as to whether or not this product is the best for you.

 

With the push of a button, the Sonic Fusion gives you the capability of brushing and flossing simultaneously.

The control allows you to switch from sonic toothbrushing, to water flossing, to both at the same time. This is a convenient device for optimal oral health.

Sonic Fusion is clinically proven to reduce plaque and bacteria 2X more than traditional brushing and flossing.

Most people fail to clean their teeth effectively with floss consistently.  More than a third of all Americans fail to floss their teeth on a daily basis. 

Ideally, you should clean between your teeth every single day.floss

Currently, the average person spends little more than a minute when brushing with a regular manual toothbrush. 

The Academy of General Dentistry reports that the average person brushes for only 45 to 70 seconds per day.

This new innovative product easily combines cleaning between your teeth with brushing them at the same time.

What It Is?

  • The Sonic Fusion is an all-in-one device
  • Attached water reservoir for water flossing
  • Attachable Water Flossing brush head
  • Separate replaceable Water Flossing brush head
  • Included premium toothbrush case
  • Rechargeable with LED recharge indicator
  • 2-minute brushing timer including 30 sec pacer indicator
  • 3 modes: Brush, Floss or Brush and Floss
  • Water flosser reaches the hard to reach areas in between the teeth and below the gumline.
  • The sonic toothbrush thoroughly cleans all other surfaces with sonic wave technology. Sonic wave technology allows for better plaque removal.

High speed rotation of sonic toothbrushing creates a wave motion that extends 1/8 inch beyond the actual brush contact points.

This means more surface is covered and hard to reach areas between the teeth and below the gumline can be reached.

There is an added benefit of sonic technology.

The pressure on liquids along with the bubbles created around the speeding brush head adds fluid dynamics that further reach where a manual brush cannot.

Backed By Clinical Research

Bacteria, Waterpik sonic fusionThe Waterpik Water Flosser removes 99.9% of plaque biofilm after just a 3-second treatment.

Waterpik Sonic Fusion is also proven to be twice as effective as regular brushing and flossing for removing plaque and improving gum health.

In addition, the Waterpik Water Flosser has been found to be twice as effective as string floss for reducing gingival bleeding.

This product is backed by over 70 vigorous research studies proving it is significantly more effective than traditional brushing and flossing.

Most Americans will tell you that they value their oral health. 

According to the American Dental Health Policy Institute, 95% of Americans value their oral health as a critical part of their overall health and well-being.

According to the ADHA (American Dental Hygiene Association), 80% of the U.S. population has some form of gum disease.  The ADHA also reports that approximately 78% of all Americans will have at least one cavity by the time they reach age 17.

Yikes!  These are eye-opening statistics.  I see this first hand when dealing with patients on a daily basis. 

People struggle when it comes to achieving ideal plaque control.

For some, it is pure laziness and the lack of concern. 

For others, they are just not educated enough as to the importance of oral health. 

And still for others, they do not have the proper device to effectively clean their teeth.

I feel that having the proper tool can make all the difference in the world.manual toothbrush

Sonic Electric Toothbrush Vs Manual

Both traditional electric and sonic toothbrushes have rotating and oscillating features to help with plaque removal.

A traditional toothbrush will allow for 500 brush strokes per minute.

A brush that only rotates and oscillates tends to be less effective than a sonic toothbrush which will provide over 30,000 brush strokes per minute.

The extra fast motion in addition to the sonic wave movement created will allow for a much better cleaning experience than a manual brush can provide.

An electric toothbrush, whether it is regular or sonic will also provide better plaque removal if it has a two-minute timer included.

Clinical studies have proven over and over that when it comes to plaque removal, it is more important to consider the time spent brushing in comparison to the technique used.

When using the Waterpik Sonic Fusion, you have a built-in timer allowing for the recommended two-minute brushing time.

Basically a sonic toothbrush works just like an ordinary electric toothbrush in the sense that it moves at a high speed back and forth over your teeth.

The main difference is in the speed of the movement.

The speed of a sonic is 10 times faster than other electric toothbrushes. They typically vibrate ate about 260Hz which is 260 times per second.

This is equated to around 31,000 brush strokes per minute. This speed is ever-increasing with newer models and increased technology.

With a sonic toothbrush head, the entire head vibrates very quickly versus the stationary head of an ordinary electric toothbrush.

The manufacturers claim that this creates a more effective clean.

How Does Sonic Technology Work Exactly?

Sonic toothbrushes create waves of turbulence in the water and toothpaste in your mouth. An energy is created called cavitation.Sonic toothbrush, sonic wave

The sonic technology creates gentle vibrations and a dynamic fluid action.

This propels tiny micro bubbles between the teeth and hard to reach areas.

Ultrasound (higher frequency sound than humans can hear) is used to generate pressure waves and imploding bubbles that remove bacterial plaque and debris.

A rechargeable battery powers an electric circuit producing a high-frequency DC current.

A connecting wire drives a piezoelectric transducer converting electricity into vibration.

When the transducer expands and contracts at a very high speed, it produces cavitation which cleans the teeth.

What the Waterpik Sonic Fusion Is Not

There are a couple of things worth mentioning when purchasing this product.

You need to be fully aware of what you are purchasing and what to expect.

A common concern when using this product is that the water reservoir only holds enough water for one full minute of flossing.

This would mean that by using it for the full two-minute recommended time, only one minute of that time would actually be considered “brushing and flossing at the same time”.

The manufacturer suggests refilling the reservoir halfway through if you feel you need to have water flossing for the full two minutes.

However, the superior clean will be achieved with only one minute of actual water flossing. So, there is no need to stop and refill with water.

Another way most people like to use this product is by using the features separately.

In this sense, you would be using the water flossing feature first for one minute followed by a full two-minute of brushing.

You still get the convenience of using only one product to achieve both actions (brushing and flossing).

Something else to consider is how you will use this brush when traveling.

The brush detaches so it can easily be transported.

The battery life is good for a full week so you can take it away from its power source for a significant amount of time without worrying about loss of power.

However, by detaching the brush, it is also removed from the water reservoir. In this case, water flossing cannot be achieved, only brushing.

This is important to consider as you will need an alternative means for in between cleaning of your teeth when traveling.

Another option is to bring the entire unit with you when traveling in order to utilize the water flosser portion

Buyers also need to be aware that there are two models from which they can chose. There is the basic model and the professional model. When contacting the manufacturer, they recommend visiting the website to describe the differences.

The main difference you will find between the models is the amount of water it will hold.

The professional model will hold two more ounces of water and will take up slightly more room on the counter.

The professional model also includes an LED light to let you know when it is on and comes with two brush heads instead of one.

The cost is usually around $30.00 more for the professional model.

If you are planning on sharing this unit with another person, it is well worth it to get the professional model.

This way, you will be able to switch out the heads with a color coded brush which makes this product convenient to use for two people.

Also, it is important to be aware that there was a product recall of earlier versions of Waterpik Sonic Fusion. There had been reports of possible overheating of the unit.

The product engineers have since conducted a thorough investigation and implemented product changes necessary to ensure Waterpik Sonic Fusion meets their high standards for safety, effectiveness and quality.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns you can call their customer service number.

They can be reached Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Mountain Time at 1-800-525-2774.

Other Questions You May Have

A common concern is what type of brush head replacement is needed and how often it needs to be replaced.

It is recommended to replace your brush head every three months.

The part head you will look for is SFRB-2EB and can also be ordered on Amazon along with the unit itself.

You can also reach customer service if you have any problems ordering replacement heads. However, this has never been an issue.

Some people have a concern with sensitive teeth.

This product is compatible with use of warm water in the reservoir.

The product itself does not include a warm water setting but can be customized to your individual comfort by adding the preferred temperature of water to the reservoir.

Another option to consider is to add a desensitizing product like fluoride mouth rinse to the reservoir.

Fluoride is a natural desensitizer and will give you the added benefit of cavity protection when used in conjunction with the Waterpik Sonic Fusion.

When adding an additional rinse to the reservoir, you will want to be certain not to use a product containing peroxide.

Peroxide may damage the product if used in the reservoir or if using a peroxide containing toothpaste on the brush.

Be aware that there are small, clear plastic covers that snap onto the included brush heads.

There is no other storage included for the brush heads aside from the included travel case.

It is a good idea to cover your brush heads with these plastic covers when not in use to prevent contamination.

oral health, waterpik sonic fusionConsider Using the Right Tool for Overall Health

Yet another reason to find and use the best product for plaque removal is the connection between poor plaque removal and health concerns.

Our mouths host billions of bacteria forming a harmonious relationship that can protect or harm our oral health. 

Latest research shows that these bacteria can also influence the health of our brains, heart and other vital organs.

The harmful bacteria released from oral inflammation can lead to dementia or even Alzheimer’s disease. 

These bacteria can spread to the body’s nerve channels and kill brain cells.

By practicing good oral hygiene, you can help prevent heart issues such as heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. 

Good plaque control prevents the inflammatory proteins and bacteria associated with gum disease from entering the blood stream.

Infections of the lungs such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are reduced. 

These conditions can be caused when bacteria from gum disease are inhaled into the respiratory tract.

There are also studies showing a connection between increased risk of diabetes, strokes, premature birth for pregnant women, pancreatic cancer, and kidney issues such as renal insufficiency.

Conclusion

Now you can make an informed decision when deciding whether or not to purchase this product. 

You can decide now that you know about the Waterpik Sonic Fusion- what it is and what it is not.

I invite you to leave a comment or any questions you may have below and I would be happy to help you. 

Please visit Amazon to purchase the Waterpik Sonic Fusion if it is right for you!

 

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. 

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.

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] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UPmj7lc5gE[/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.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

All information contained on this website, including information related to medical matters, health issues, treatments, and products, serves only for informational purposes.

It is not intended to replace the advice of your own doctor or specialist.

The information on this website is not intended to diagnose health problems or prescribe medications.

Before you start taking supplements which are recommended at http://oralprobiotichealth.com, you should discuss this with your doctor or specialist.

This applies specifically if you are already taking medication or are under medical treatment.

Despite the purity of a supplement, there can be occurring side effects.  Every person is unique.

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,  http://oralprobiotichealth.com 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.

Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet.

 

Oral Probiotics For Bad Breath- Treat Bad Breath For Good!

Oral-Probiotics-For-Bad-Breath-Treat-Bad-Breath-For-Good

One of the most common concerns for patients when they visit the dental office is treating their bad breath. 

I would like to inform you of a solution for bad breath that you can do on your own, at home and on your own time.

As a Dental Hygienist, I hear this concern expressed more frequently than any other.  Nobody wants to have bad breath.

Imagine if there were a way to eliminate bad breath for good (not just temporarily).  Probiotics are healthy bacteria. 

Until recently, they have mostly been known only for their positive impact on digestive health.

Research is now showing how they can also keep our mouths healthy too. 

Treating bad breath is one of the many positive outcomes of using oral probiotics.

Bad breath stinks!  Watch this video for an explanation of how oral probiotics work.                                                                             

Thankfully, using oral probiotics for bad breath can help. 

They address the issue of bad breath among many other oral health conditions.   

This scientific discovery is just what we have been looking for. 

This article will discuss the best oral probiotics to treat bad breath for good.

Oral probiotics are different from regular probiotics and they are essential for keeping the oral microbiome in balance. 

These probiotics are a promising area of research as scientists are discovering their benefits. 

They have found that they are an all natural and effective way to fight bad breath, plaque, gum disease and several other undesirable oral health conditions.

Studies show how the friendly microorganisms of probiotics have health benefits far beyond the gut and are likely to improve overall dental health.

Have We Finally Discovered a Solution to Bad Breath?
oral-probiotics-for-bad-breath-treat-bad-breath-for-good

Certain conditions like poor oral hygiene, medications, dry mouth and plaque accumulation make it a hospitable place for bacteria to thrive.

The bacteria give off a by product as they break down called volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs).

The primary source of bad breath is from the volatile sulfur gases produced by bacterial overgrowth.

There needs to be a proper amount of good and bad bacteria.

When bacteria are reduced with such products as antimicrobial rinses, the amount of bacteria can become deranged.

Using oral probiotics for bad breath works differently than using antimicrobial products.

They work by repopulating the good bacteria and limiting the growth of the bad bacteria.

When the mouth is exposed to these probiotics, such as the probiotics in Hyperbiotics Pro Dental oral probiotics, it becomes colonized with bacteria unable to produce VSCs.

This is just what we want to happen!

Not only do these probiotics crowd out the bad bacteria but also introduce proven strains of beneficial bacteria.

They reduce the acidic pH levels and produce natural anti-bacterial agents.

When this happens, less volatile sulfur compounds are formed which improves bad breath.

No VSCs equals no bad breath for good!

What Makes Oral Probiotics Different from Other Probiotics?

Most people are familiar with probiotics for the gut.

They are trying to do the right thing by taking these supplements because they know they are beneficial for proper digestion.

The most common forms are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

These gut probiotics usually come in a capsule form so they can resist the acidic pH and gastric juices of the digestive system.

Traditional probiotics contain bacterial strains that are native to the gut.

On the other hand, oral probiotics contain beneficial strains specific to the oral microbiome.

Hyperbiotics have created a product called Pro Dental that has revolutionized how the dental profession treats bad breath, cavities and unhealthy gums.  Please read the review for Hyperbiotics Pro Dental oral probiotics.

They are available in the form of a chewable mint tablet that can be chewed or sucked on.  This provides longer exposure where the beneficial bacteria can colonize in the mouth.

oral-probiotics-for-bad-breath-treat-bad-breath-for-good

The main area in our mouth for bacteria to form is on the surface of the tongue and in and around the gum tissue.

The beneficial bacteria for our mouths is Streptococcus salivarius.

Oral probiotics contain two strains of these bacteria called K12 and M18 and have been shown to significantly address an unhealthy mouth.

In fact, Streptococcus salivarius is often found to be deficient in people who suffer from bad breath.

M18 produces an enzyme that helps to loosen and dissolve the formation of plaque biofilm.

In addition, the K12 strain produces a natural protein that prevents the growth of bad breath causing bacteria.  

Get one product with both of these strains in Hyperbiotics from Pro Dental.

Treat Bad Breath For Good!
oral-probiotics-for-bad-breath-treat-bad-breath-for-good

When oral probiotics (good bacteria) are consumed on a regular basis, they basically compete with the harmful (bad bacteria) in the mouth.

When the oral microbiome is repopulated by using oral probiotics, the proper amounts of both good and bad bacteria exist.

The byproducts of the bad bacteria, or VSCs (volatile sulfur compounds) are decreased.

The presence of Streptococcus salivarius K12 also acts to kill bacteria causing bad breath.

Probiotic lozenges promote the strain K12 and compete with the bacteria which lives mostly in and around your gums and on the surface of the tongue.

These areas are the favorite areas for the bacteria that produce VSCs to live.

Streptocococcus salivarius K12 reduces bad breath by out competing the source of these smelly gases.

What Exactly is the Microbiome, Anyway?

The mouth is host to millions and millions of microbes (bacteria) that make up your oral microbiome.

It is considered to be the gateway to the rest of the body because it is the beginning of the digestive system.oral-probiotics-for-bad-breath-treat-bad-breath-for-good

If there isn’t enough of the good bacteria, the bad bacteria can pass to the rest of the body causing many other health problems.

The most studied of these concerns to date include cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

Oral Probiotics May Be the Answer for Dental Health

Several studies have been completed showing how they can help fight bad breath.

One study included 23 people who either took a placebo (fake supplement) or a Streptococcus salivarius probiotic supplement.

Each of the participants used an antimicrobial mouthrinse prior to the study.

The study showed that major reductions in the amount of bacteria causing bad breath were found in 85 percent of the people using oral probiotics.

Most mouthrinses and products work to reduce bacteria in the mouth.oral-probiotics-for-bad-breath-treat-bad-breath-for-good

Unfortunately, they target all bacteria, including the beneficial ones. Not all bacteria are bad for you.

We actually need and depend on the millions and millions of them to maintain health.

By relying on antimicrobial products, we are in essence destroying too many of the good along with the bad.

In comparison, think about how antibiotics destroy bacteria in our gut. They destroy the bad but also destroy our necessary good ones.

Using oral probiotics for bad breath is shown to work in the same way to preserve and repopulate our good bacteria in our mouths just as probiotics do this for our gut.

More of a Good Thing

For people who want to reduce the amount of their cavities, Hyperbiotics Pro Dental oral probiotics may offer a valuable adjunct to their home care.

Studies show significantly reduced amounts of plaque accumulation for people who use them.

Also, they produce anti-inflammatory properties which are beneficial for those who have gum disease.

There are many other areas of promising benefits other than reducing bad breath and cavities.

Among these are the reduction of tonsil stones, less ear infections, less tooth sensitivity, reduced yeast overgrowth and less dry mouth.

Oral probiotics are a welcome adjunct to good oral hygiene.  They can easily be added into the daily routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.oral-probiotics-for-bad-breath-treat-bad-breath-for-good

Our Mouths are Connected to Our Bodies!

We need to understand the health benefits of a balanced microbiome in our mouths.

The body is a system of very complex interactions that take place on a consistent basis designed to keep us healthy.

Eliminating bad breath is only one of the many benefits of oral probiotics.  Please check out the review for Hyperbiotics Oral Probiotics.

Our mouth is not isolated from the rest of our body and by first and foremost keeping our mouths healthy we shall seek health in our entire bodies.

Thank you for reading.  Please feel free to leave any questions or comments below and I will gladly respond to them. 

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. 

Hyperbiotics Pro Dental Review- Eliminate Bad Breath

Simply change the bacteria in your mouth!

Probiotics are healthy  bacteria. 

Until recently, they have only been known for their impact on digestive health. 

Research is now starting to show that they can also help to keep your mouth healthy.

Here is a breakdown of the most important factors you need to know when choosing this highly rated and effective oral probiotic.               

Product:  Hyperbiotics Pro Dental Oral Probiotics

Cheapest Place to Buy:  Check here for best price available- Amazon.com

Size of Container:  45 tablets

Ingredients:  Streptococcus salivarius M18, Streptococcus salivarius K12, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus paracasei

Specifics:  Vegetarian, Non GMO, Free of gluten and yeast.  No artificial colors, artificial flavors, iron, soy, sugar, nuts or preservatives

Guarantee:  100% money back guarantee for any reason if not completely satisfied

My Rating:  9.75 out of 10  (Minty taste but would be nice to have other flavors)

Watch this video to learn how Hyperbiotics oral probiotics work.

Hyperbiotics Pro Dental, Product Overview

Most people do not realize that probiotic strains make up our oral microbiome and are contained in our mouths. 

These strains are different than the ones that populate the gut microbiome.

If the balance of the good bacteria in the oral cavity is compromised, dental health problems will arise.

One of the most common problems is bad breath.

Hyperbiotics Pro Dental contains a strain called K12 that when colonized in the mouth, will actually freshen breath.

It does this by crowding out the odor causing bacteria.

But How Does this Product Actually Work?

This product contains 3 billion CFUS per chewable tablet. 

It contains the strains Streptococcus salivarius K12, Streptococcus M18, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus paracasei. 

These strains work to address the root cause of oral concerns. 

They work to support the health of our teeth, gums, nose, ears, throat and sinuses.  Learn more here about oral microbiology and oral probiotics from Wikipedia.

The amount of CFUs is far below what is needed for probiotics for the gut. 

These strains easily colonize in the mouth with the preferred delivery method of chewing each tablet. 

They do not have to survive the harsh environment of the stomach acid.

Best Way to Use Them, It’s Up to You!

Hyperbiotics Pro Dental oral probiotics are best used after brushing or rinsing with an antibacterial mouthrinse or toothpaste. 

This is because these products kill both the good and the bad bacteria in the mouth.

Pro Dental will repopulate the oral cavity with beneficial bacteria.Hyperbiotics-Pro-Dental-Review-Eliminate-Bad-Breath

We Know They Work but What Else?

No refrigeration is needed due to a patented manufacturing process. 

This increases the stability of the product and prolongs shelf life.   They are made in the USA under strict quality control and FDA guidelines.

Our mouth is the gatekeeper in charge of defending microbes that enter our bodies.  This product will help us to live more healthful days!

Research on the microbiome is still a relatively new concept and it is changing the practice of medicine as we know it.

Try It to Believe it For Yourself!

I encourage you to try Hyperbiotics ProDental oral probiotics for yourself. 

You will be amazed at the results which are usually noticeable in a short period of time. 

Research shows oral health improvement within 24 hours and full benefit reached within 7 days.

Please feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment of your own after trying the product for yourself. 

More information about oral probiotics may be found here. 

You will love the results and the results are guaranteed with a no questions asked money back guarantee if not completely satisfied!

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. 

Best Remedies For Bad Breath- Not What You Think

Although proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are important, there are other options for you to treat bad breath.

The best remedies for bad breath include things you may have never even considered. Fresh breath is a sign of a healthy mouth.

Having a healthy mouth is a good indication of your overall health. By using these remedies for bad breath, you can make a big difference in your oral and overall health.

Probiotics For Bad Breath

There are plenty of traditional ways to help treat your bad breath but the best remedies for bad breath include non-traditional ways. 

One of these ways is to use an oral probiotic.

You can keep your mouth as clean as possible with good oral hygiene and plaque removal methods but you may still need to do more. 

The best of these efforts include twice daily brushing and daily flossing or use of an oral irrigator.

But even with the best efforts of plaque control, bad breath can still persist and an oral probiotic is necessary. 

The reason for this is not what you think. Every one of us has a unique system of bacteria in our mouths. This is called our microbiome.

Contrary to what you might think, it is not the goal to kill all the germs in our mouth.

Some bacteria are important for promoting good health in our mouth and in the rest of our body.

Just like our intestinal microbiome determines our well-being and health, a healthy oral microbiome is also crucial as it is the opening to the intestinal tract.

The balance of good and bad bacteria in the mouth determine whether the oral microbiome is healthy or not. 

Learn more about oral probiotics and how they work here.

It is important to maintain the proper environment and balance of bacteria in the mouth.

This includes good oral hygiene but also eliminating antibacterial mouthwash.

These can kill not only the bad bacteria but also the good bacteria needed to maintain health.

Other things besides using antibacterial mouthwashes can throw off the healthy balance of bacteria too.

These things include smoking, eating the wrong foods, poor oral hygiene, stress or taking antibiotics.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIZH78tn6xc[/embedyt]Taking an oral probiotic is one of the best remedies for bad breath.

Oral probiotics contain two strains of bacteria to cure bad breath. These are Streptococcus salivarius strains K12 and M18. 

A review of the most effective oral probiotic can be read here. 

The overall idea behind using probiotics for bad breath is to encourage the amount of good bacteria and leave less room for the bad.

What Bacteria Causes Bad Breath?

There are certain types of bacteria called gram-negative anaerobes that thrive in a low oxygen environment.

These bacteria can be found under the gums.

Other gas-producing bacteria are found on the tongue.

The gas these bacteria produce is called volatile sulfur compounds.

The best way to eliminate bad breath is to focus on colonizing the mouth with the good bacteria found in oral probiotics instead of trying to get rid of the bad bacteria.

Trying to get rid of the bad bacteria is important with oral hygiene practices but nearly impossible as these bacteria are constantly recolonizing.

With the help of an oral probiotic containing Streptococcus salivarius strains K12 and M18, these good bacteria can be introduced in the mouth by use of a lozenge.

85% of participants in the study showed a significantly marked reduction in the bacteria producing volatile sulfur compounds.

Oral Probiotics Help Other Issues Too

The oral microbiome (bacteria in our mouth) perform many functions to keep our teeth and gums healthy.

When too much of the bad bacteria are present, other oral health problems arise.

Oral probiotics are not only effective at treating bad breath, but can be helpful in the treatment of gum disease, preventing cavities, sinus infections, tonsillitis and pharyngitis.

Numerous diseases have been associated with the overgrowth of bad bacteria in the mouth. These include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

Whether you maintain an ideal ratio of good-to-bad bacteria in your mouth directly correlates to your oral and dental health as well as the health of your whole body.

By taking an oral probiotic, you will not only be helping to treat your bad breath, but will be helping to maintain this balance.

Treatment of Dry Mouth is Remedy for Bad Breath

People who suffer from dry mouth often times suffer from bad breath.

Our saliva is our self-cleansing mechanism. It helps to neutralize acids and flush bacteria and leftover food particles from our mouth.

Without saliva to perform these functions, the bacteria break down and produce the volatile sulfur compounds creating an unpleasant odor.

Lots of things can cause dry mouth. Medications including antihistamines, antidepressants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, diuretics and those for blood pressure have dry mouth as an unpleasant side effect of their use.

Radiation treatments, sleep apnea, autoimmune disorders among other health issues may also cause dry mouth.

Other factors can simply include dehydration, stress, hormonal changes or anxiety.

Drinking lots of water, eliminating caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum and using Xylimelts are all great remedies for bad breath caused by dry mouth.

The Tongue Matters Too!

Proper cleaning of the tongue is absolutely imperative to remedy bad breath.

The top surface of the tongue, otherwise known as the dorsum, is the perfect hiding place for billions of bad breath causing bacteria.

These bacteria also create volatile sulfur compounds which give off a nasty smell.

Use a good tongue cleaner every single day to dramatically reduce the amount of bacteria causing these compounds.

The additional use of a tongue cleaner in combination with your other hygiene practices will greatly improve any bad breath issues.

Cleaning the tongue involves using a tool that will gently scrub and loosen plaque and debris.

By using gentle pressure with the tongue cleaner you can scrape the surface from the back to the tip until all debris is gone.

Learn more about what a healthy tongue looks like by reading What Does a Healthy Tongue Look Like-3 Signs to Look For.

Conclusion

Now you know the best remedies for bad breath- not what you think.

Oral probiotics are a very promising area of research which I believe will change the way we treat our oral health forever.

Scientists have discovered the connection between the health of our mouth and the health of our body.

Treating bad breath with oral probiotics, dry mouth treatment and tongue cleaning are non-traditional approaches you will be glad you started.

I invite you to share your experience 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.