How Bad Is Your Home Dental Care? Really?
If you want healthy teeth and gums, then you need to know where you are today. You can’t make any measurable progress unless you know what to look for. And that is where we need to start. Take a fair look at yourself. Be realistic. If you have neglected your dental health, fine. I’ll give you 30 seconds or so to beat yourself up. Then quit it!
You can’t change the past but you can take steps today to change your future. Even with the best of intentions, you probably can’t do everything I suggest you try every single day. That’s OK, lets take small steps.
But if you give it a good honest effort you will most likely see some amazingly positive results.
Can You Do All Of This On Your Own?
I would like you to utilize the services of a capable dental professional, if at all possible, in addition to what I am suggesting. But, sadly, not all of them will give you even a fraction of the time I’ll invest in you or the information I will provide to you.
It’s not necessarily a deliberate withholding of information. It’s just most dentists don’t set up their practice to deliver lots of information to patients. They have a very high overhead. And with insurance as a primary driver for most patients, and insurance not interested in paying dentists to educate patients, you are the loser.
But also consider the fact you are a greater source of revenue to the dental profession if you are ignorant. I have many of my patients telling me that they were never told about what was causing their dental problems. They said I was the first to explain how they could improve their dental health, save money, and more importantly save their teeth.
I have found that by educating my patients, they are better consumers. They make better decisions. They participate more in their own health care and they also are more loyal. So, if I show them what I have in store to show you, and they stay loyal and refer others, maybe it is a little self serving.
It is your choice. But since you have this in your hands today I congratulate you on making the first step toward a longer and healthier life.
Back To The Basics.
Vince Lombardi, the great football coach was said to have started out every season the same. With both his rookies and his returning players present, he introduced them to the basics by hoisting a ball overhead and stating, “This gentlemen is a football.”
Without any of the notoriety and acclaim, I wish to do the same . “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a toothbrush.”
My goal is to remind you of the important basics and encourage your participation in what you find new and different.
How Does A Dentist Assess The Gum Health Of An Individual?
He or she looks at several relatively easy to observe symptoms:
1) The color of gum tissue (pink to purple).
2) The shape and contour of the gum tissue.
3) The visible plaque (clumps of food debris and the bacteria or germs growing all over the food) on teeth.
4) Looseness of teeth (Do they wiggle when pressed from side to side?).
5) Gum bleeding (Do the gums bleed spontaneously?)
6) Gum bleeding when measured (Do they bleed when provoked by the use of a measuring instrument?).
7) Normal gum contour or swollen gums and tissue
8)Gum recession (Are the gums pulling away from the teeth?).
If You Are Long In The Tooth, You Have What Is Called Gum Recession
With roughly a 12-15 mm length to most tooth roots (approximately 1/2 inch or more) the more a tooth appears to be protruding from the gum tissue the less likely the tooth will be around for long-term future use.
The crown of a tooth, the visible part, covered with enamel, is about a third of the total tooth length. The enamel, which is quite hard and relatively durable usually covers the visible portion of the tooth and extends to the gum line unless disease is present.
You can use some of the most easily recognized characteristics of healthy and unhealthy gum appearance to see where you are today. I have simplified a method of assessing the relative health of your gum tissue from one point in time to another (specifically from day 1 to day 27). I invite you to participate in the process and see just how much improvement you can obtain in just 27 short days.