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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.┬áIt’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


Oral Irrigation

Oral irrigators are one of the most valuable tools you could keep near the bathroom sink. An oral irrigator “flosses” your teeth with liquid, cleaning the deeper or more sensitive areas that floss can’t reach. It does not replace floss, but adds to its effectiveness. Cleaning out the pockets between your gums and teeth is the most important step you take to keep your mouth clean. Flossing catches the larger, stickier chunks of plaque that build up in your gums and around your teeth; irrigation deeply washes out anything that the floss misses — and you’d be surprised at how much debris is still rotting in your gums even after a “thorough” brushing/flossing!

Oral irrigators can be used with plain water — we use ozonated water — but special mouthwash-like liquid concentrates are also made for them that can be used at home. We have chosen a supplying company that makes 100% natural, chemical-free concentrates that taste great and do a great job of keeping bad bacteria at bay. Ask us about ordering some if you’d like to try it.

Irrigation should be done about once daily. A good time would be before you go to bed. You are done eating for the day and will want to clean your teeth before sleeping and leaving any food particles to sit in your mouth overnight. Like flossing, after a little while you’ll be able to see and feel a difference in your teeth after irrigating. Your gums become stronger and healthier and your teeth stay whiter. Irrigation is excellent, also, for healing from minor infections and early gum disease. But that post is for 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