Getting Gum Disease is Self-Inflicted In almost all cases, gum disease is a self-inflicted ailment caused by improper cleaning of the teeth and gums. Food trapped under the gums combines with bacteria to create plaque, a "toxic stew" that irritates the gums and makes them bleed. This colorless film of sticky material containing food particles, bacteria, and saliva attaches itself to the tooth above and below the gum line encouraging advanced gum disease and tooth decay. Then plaque, the "toxic stew," hardens into tartar (calculus) in just 24 hours. By then the damage is done -- only a dentist can remove tartar. Each day this "contaminated crust" grows and inflames the gums. That's why you need to remove plaque every day, no matter what, to avoid advanced gum disease. But brushing alone does not remove the plaque. Curing Gum Disease is Self-Directed The good news is that you can also be responsible for reversing and preventing all but the most serious forms of periodontitis.
Regardless of what happens in the dental chair, it's what happens in your bathroom that determines the success or failure of your gum disease treatment. Unfortunately, most home remedies such as salves and creams merely treat the inflammatory symptoms and don't remove the popcorn kernels or the plaque build up that ultimately leads to gingivitis and periodontitis. Reversing and preventing gum disease is all about daily plaque control. That means, in most cases, stopping the plaque in your mouth is really in your own hands. Brushing every day is a good start, but it is not enough. Oral Irrigation is an Effective Gum Disease Treatment Dental professionals recommend oral irrigation as an effective way to implement daily plaque control.
Attaching to a water source such as a sink tap, oral irrigators flood the mouth and gum pockets with a jet of water under pressure to flush offending food particles and bacteria from below the gum line. In fact, research at the UNMC College of Dentistry, Lincoln, NE indicates "that when combined with brushing, oral irrigation is an effective alternative to brushing and flossing for reducing bleeding, gingival inflammation, and plaque removal." Some Dentist's still recommend flossing. The site of the infection is anywhere from 4 to 10 mm deep in the gum tissue. Your teeth are not infected, your gums are. The floss will reach 2 or 3 mm at most. The big question here is, "How does rubbing a piece of string (floss) on my tooth cure an infection deep into my gums? If I told my Doctor I was gong to rub string on the infection on my arm to cure it, he would have me committed. We bandage and put dressings on wounds to keep them clean and prevent infection. You must keep the infected site clean on a daily basis. Floss will not do it. Oral irrigation is effective for another reason. Unlike flossing, irrigating is a pleasant experience you will want to repeat every day. And it takes only 15 seconds.
The most common tank irrigator is the WaterPik. http://smile.amazon.com/Waterpik-WP-450-20009320-Waterflosser/dp/B000UWAWQU/ref=sr_1_30?ie=UTF8&qid=1444586510&sr=8-30&keywords=dental+irrigator. The most common shower irrigator is OralBreeze. http://oralbreeze.com/