Gingivitis and what it can evolve into (Periodontitis) are responsible for the majority of tooth loss in the world. Most of us would very much like to avoid the use of false teeth or implants. There is no substitute for your own teeth.
Gingivitis is silent, it sneaks up on us. It can cause trouble for years and then one day, we realize that our gums have receded to the point that something has to be done or we will lose a tooth or many teeth.
We then must go to a periodontist and spend large amounts of cash to make things right again. The bone and supporting tissue structure can be restored but it takes some work and expense to make it happen. A lot of people, both professional and lay, believe the damage that can be caused by gingivitis is often preventable.
Do you believe that brushing and flossing are enough to prevent gum disease? Why do so many people with great oral care habits still get gingivitis? In fact, a large proportion of people all over the world are suffering from some degree of gingivitis or periodontal disease right now. Even if we just focus on the countries that have abundant supplies of readily accessible dental floss and toothpaste, it still holds true that too many suffer from some form of gum disease.
Approximately 2% of people are not going to get gingivitis, they seem to have a natural immunity to it. That leaves 98% of us who could experience some form of gingivitis, either mild or severe in our lifetimes.
The vast majority of tooth loss is due to gum disease. So how do we take better care of our gums?
The answer is in oral irrigation. When the bacteria form colonies around or below the gum line, it can irritate the gums, causing them to pull away from the tooth. When this happens, the entire structure, including the bone that supports the tooth will begin to erode.
See how this may become a vicious cycle? The problem feeds upon itself.
However, many people know that a daily cleaning around the neck of the tooth with a jet of water will help to control gingivitis. If so, wouldn't it be worth it to use an OralBreeze oral irrigator?