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How to Use an Oral Irrigator

The typical Western lifestyle and diet have changed the state of general dental health around the globe. Our bodies aren’t so effective at self-cleaning anymore, and that includes our teeth. Does it not seem like they decay so easily? We devote multiple times daily to scrub the plaque out of our teeth and gums before infections set in. Our teeth and immune and detoxifying systems are weak and delicate.

Having a perfect dental hygiene regimen won’t always guarantee complete resistance to dental disease, but it is certainly the simplest and surest way to avoid it. Yes, it’s work.¬†It’s easy and common for most people to compromise on the effort put into dental care. But simple, initial cleanliness can spare most people a lifetime of inconvenience, expensive treatment, and discomfort.

Oral irrigation is one extremely effective step you can take against most kinds of dental and gum disease. Done correctly, you will be amazed at how many particles of food you see washed out of your teeth even after you’ve brushed and flossed! It is a little more effort added to your oral hygiene regimen, but you will surely be motivated to keep using it once you see how much food is left behind in your mouth without it.

Here’s another little video to give you a rounder picture and a how-to:

I highly recommend investing in one of these simple appliances. It could make or break your body’s ability to prevent or heal dental infections.

Happy irrigating!

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles


Musings and More On Dental Irrigation

I am stating the obvious when I say that the Internet is the foremost consulted source of knowledge and answers to the world’s questions. We do it without thinking. Where was the transition, and why, in retrospect, does it feel like it happened without us noticing? Once upon a time, there was no cyberspace, no “online,”no instant mental gratification (unless you lived next-door to a library). What did we do all day? How did we work? As a dentist highly reliant on the latest technology available, the Internet has become a part of the skeleton of my practice. Without it, my practice would have fizzled out long ago in this fast-paced world.

But I do not mean to get all philosophical with you today. Today’s post just got me partly reminiscing about days gone by when society was more “awake” to the physical world around it, but also causing me to express gratitude in how much computers have transformed science and medicine and my own work.

In the online world of patients searching for solutions for their dental diseases and ails, oral irrigation has been quite a popular topic lately. I must say it’s for good reason. It is one of the best at-home dental hygiene routines you can maintain at home.

Pericoronitis, in particular, seems to be the central purpose for which people seek healing and relief through irrigation. Pericoronitis, if you remember, is an infection which develops under a gum flap of emerging teeth — usually the wisdom teeth of young adults. It is caused by the body defending itself from a foreign invader, which is usually an overabundance of bacteria feeding on a particle of uncleaned food. The pain is quite severe. The infection will remain swollen for up to several days or a few weeks. Even someone in good health has a tough time kicking this infection in less time, which is why it is so important to prevent it in the first place. Irrigation does just that, and it does it very well.

In those hard-to-reach areas around your teeth — and there are many — an oral irrigator shoots thin streams of water, ozone water, or diluted oral cleansing solutions, gently forcing out the debris that is not supposed to be there. Finely squirted liquid crawls into the places that floss can’t reach, effectively cleansing and leaving the mouth refreshed. How does this help healing and preventing infections? We’ll look into that tomorrow.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

My Brushing Routine

Well I can’t believe I am doing this, but it seems like a good idea to lead by example and share with you how I brush my teeth. Please bear with me.

My routine is preformed 2 times daily, once in the morning and once before bed. I am consistent six days a week, although it may vary depending on how tired I am.

The sequence is floss, then brush, then hydrofloss. Not very exciting, but very practical.

Flossing needs to be taught to you by a dental professional. I use the “wrap around the middle finger technique” that leaves the other fingers free to direct and control the floss. I will floss each side of a tooth ten times. Any floss will do, but I prefer the non-waxed floss because it gives me satisfaction when I hear it start to squeak. I like to floss first because I then use the brushing to remove the dislodged bacteria .

Brushing should take at least four minutes by the clock. How much day dreaming can you do looking at yourself for four minutes twice a day? I find an electric toothbrush to be more efficient and I can very effectively brush in 2 minutes. I use a Rotadent because I think it is the best on the market.

Next is a tongue scraper. This helps with odor control.

Lastly I use a waterpik called a Hydrofloss, also the best on the market. I add a couple cap-fulls of BreathRX to help me with odor control.

Total time: 4 minutes.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles