• tomfreeman7 says:

    I’ve been using your method for a couple of years or so now, with great results. My dentist and hygienist both say my teeth are great, better than before. I tried to explain to them about your method – they weren’t really that interested, but they did say “whatever you are doing, keep doing it, because it works!” However, they still schedule me for the hygienist (cleaning) twice a year, and I am wondering if this is really necessary – or even whether it could be harmful? I’ve asked the dentist and hygienist whether I really need this, and they both insist that I do. What would you recommend? Should I stop having the cleanings / stop seeing the hygienist?

    • I’d extend the interval between cleanings as far out as possible. Ask your dentist for more information about WHY you need these cleanings? They take off a vital layer of enamel that is not helpful. Once every couple of years should be more than enough.

  • Most dentists are conditioned to believe (like flossing) that 6-month cleanings are essential for oral health, plus every modern practice is built around the income from routine hygiene appointments. My kids have a cleaning about once every few years.

    I have purposely stretched out my cleanings – only one in the past 30 years – but I’m NOT recommending this long – although I recently had my mouth tested and was pronounced the healthiest mouth among over 400 dentists and hygienists! The point is, you don’t need a cleaning to keep you healthy!

    You may want to extend the space between cleanings and the benefit is that your teeth should become smoother, stronger and whiter-looking. New equipment for consumers may soon let you – the patient – measure plaque on your teeth and the enamel hardness…..I am so excited about this because it will give YOU the power to know if you really need a cleaning or not.

    Cleanings scrape away the most valuable and delicate layer of enamel from the outside of teeth – plus there is no science to show a cleaning helps a healthy mouth. Some studies show it exposes teeth to more risk of infection and sensitivity. So, either make your own decision or ask WHY you need a cleaning. If there is no tartar or plaque build-up and your gums are healthy: you don’t.

  • KevinMcL says:

    Is a standard Waterpik likely to cause any harm to teeth?

    • I think a water pick can be useful for deep pockets, but once the periodontal pockets are at 4mm – give it up. I have noticed that the Waterpik seems to inhibit healing of pockets that are between 4mm and 1mm. Use only the mouth rinses that comprise my complete mouth care system. Use them as a rinse – not in the Waterpick – until all the pocketing has gone.

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