Palm Coast, FL (PRWEB) July 11, 2005
The public frame of reference for oral health and dental disease is based upon many misconceptions, one of the most erroneous being that teeth are not meant to last a whole lifetime. In truth, no other part of the human body is as well constructed and capable of recovering from disease. Yet it is Âcommon knowledgeÂ that we begin to get cavities at a young age, and our teeth continue to deteriorate until old age, when they must be replaced. But in the absence of periodontal disease, teeth and gums have every chance of remaining healthy and strong until a ripe old age.
Unfortunately, 75-95% of AmericanÂs unknowingly suffer from periodontal disease, which can not only destroy teeth, gums and the nerves that serve them, but also mysteriously lead to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illness, osteoporosis, pre-term or low birth weight delivery, and stroke.
So what causes periodontal disease? Well, most people donÂt know that periodontal disease is contagious, and was probably contracted at an early age. Microbes are passed from one person to another, instigating the first stage of periodontal disease: tooth decay.
Other stages include pyorrhea and gingivitis, usually considered separate diseases, but which are actually part of the same disease. Loose teeth, bleeding and pain are all evidence of the microbial organisms settling along the gum line and working their way under, where they will settle in a place that cannot be reached by flossing and brushing.
To combat periodontal disease, one must be able to clean under the gum line, where pockets form between teeth and gums in the presence of decay. But brushing for five minutes and flossing three times a day arenÂt going to do a thing to flush out the microbes hidden in these pockets. Luckily, there is a simple and inexpensive way to clean those pockets every day.
An oral irrigator such as a ShowerPik or a QuickPik allows users to flush particles out which are trapped between the teeth and under the gum line. For deeper pockets, irrigation with a solution such as a salt/baking soda/water mixture or Listerine, Biotene or TheraSol may be required.
For further information on periodontal disease, or to learn more about the benefits of a ShowerPik visit http://www.OralBreeze.com/ or contact Thomas Spaulding by phone at 800-524-6548.