|6 Nightly Steps to Dental Hygiene
According to "The Costco Connection" (and other sources such as
www.webmd.com), in their Health Trivia section: "People who suffer from gum
disease are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack"
Drina's first college degree was in dental hygiene. While working as a dental hygienist, Drina then worked herself through
more college, majoring in psychology .
Periodontal disease is the second most common disease of humans. (#1The most prevalent disease is the common cold.)
Loss of teeth in one spot leads to problems with the opposing teeth, and eventually the loss of more teeth. Appearance and
digestion changes as cheeks sink in and food isn't chewed or enjoyed as much. Finally, dentures cause a whole set of other
discomforts as well as wearing away the bone ridge, over years, making it harder to keep dentures in place.
I want people to realize that brushing and flossing only isn't enough to completely remove dental plaque thereby staving off
gingivitis. Gingivitis- redness or bleeding of the gums is the first stage of periodontal disease; inflamed gum tissue around their
teeth. If there is any bleeding- it's likely to be gingivitis. When the tissue bleeds it starts to recede as it tries to get away (as it were)
from the bacteria and "gunk" (eventually hardening into calculus) found in dental plaque. If it bleeds it needs more stimulation, not
less, and removal of the film to heal it. Leaving it alone just keeps the disease progressing. Waiting for a cleaning in the dentist's
office 2-4 times yearly, in my opinion, leaves you open to unnecessary dental disease. By getting rid of 99.9% the plaque - that soft,
sticky film which contains bacteria and forms daily on the teeth and gums- you get rid of the problem. (Gingiva is the non-layperson
word for gums). If you wait the soft film tends to harden to form calculus - and further hurries receding gums and disease.
Nightly doing each of these 6 steps combined gets rid of that insideous slime and "calculus". For years I brushed well, used a
water irrigator, flossed, and swished and held mouthwash in my mouth. Still when I was in my late 30's there were pockets of
periodontal disease. It wasn't until I incorporated ALL these 6 steps that my dentist noticed complete remission. Yes, it does take
the setting up and about 15 minutes nightly, so I just do the teeth I want to save. SO yes, I do them ALL.
The morning ritual for me is quick and simple: my battery powered toothbrushing and I held a capful of hydrogen peroxide in my
teeth area for about a minute as it seems to do a good job of sweetening the breath and making my teeth white for my age. I don't
eat or drink for about 15 minutes after using mouthwash or peroxide. Since 2014 there has been the question of killing good
mouth bacteria that may help prevent heart problems. Therefore, I NOW reserve the hydrogen peroxide mouthwash only for special
Above is a 2011 advertisement assignment during a College of Southern Nevada CSN art course (from
professor Alfonso Lirani).
Although the above and below steps were the order I formerly used nightly, for various
reasons I currently have rearranged the order in which I do them NIGHTLY: Step 5, Step 3,
Step 4, Step 1, Step 2, Step 6. If you obtain this equipment, you may also wish to experiment
with the order so as to find which is faster and most pleasant for you.
Battery powered toothbrushes feel good and make the job easier. I use Oral B battery
powered. (about 2 minutes)
Use a good water powered irrigator to flush out more food particles and bacteria; also helps
stimulate gums. Work up to the highest setting. ((about 45 seconds)
Scale away plaque. I use a scaler or dull "explorer". (This takes the longest to scrape
carefully slightly under the gumline on the inside and outside of the teeth and grab even more
of the slime/gunk. If you were to choose to skip days, you would eventually find portions
that have calcified. 5-8 minutes)
Floss. I use Glide (1-2 minutes) Your hygienist will show you how to manipulate the string if
you need more instruction.
My "hummingbird" Oral B stimulator vibrates and even finds spots that need more than steps
1-4 accomplish. I place it for 1 second on the side of each tooth. ( It takes less than a minute.
The tips need replacing, but there's nothing wrong with using each tip until it won't work)
Finish with an antibacterial mouthwash that tastes good to you. By using a side delivering tip
on a "pocket" irrigator, I place the mouthwash right where it needs to go---under the gumline.
I use Therasol. (almost 1 minute). To give the mouthwash a chance to kill periodontal germs,
don't eat or drink anything for (at least) 15 minutes after this last step.