Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hydro Floss - Why Are There Different Tips For The HydroFloss?

That's A Great Question! 

There are different kinds of HydroFloss tips designed for different depths of periodontal pockets.

A periodontal pocket is determined by the measurement of how far a probe can be slid between a tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. Generally speaking, 3mm and below is considered healthy - above is genereally considered unhealthy.  These measurements are to be taken by your hygienist or dentist. 

If someone has 5-6mm pockets they may wish to have the special tips for those depths.

If someone has 8-10 mm pockets, there are special tips for that as well.

Your Periodontal Pocket Goal

The end goal is to bring the pocketing down to 3mm or below around all teeth - as measured by your dentist or hygienist.   At that point and generally speaking most dentists will consider your gums to be healthy.

This means there should not be further tissue damage / erosion due to gum disease (providing the 3mm or below is maintained).  Oh - and you probably get to keep (the rest of) your teeth at that point as well.

Gum disease is the number one reason people lose their teeth. Most dental professionals will tell you that about 3 out of every 4 people have gum disease right now. It is only a matter of time as the disease progresses until the person finds out.   People typically won't know it until told by a professional or the damage gets so bad (receding gums and loose teeth) that they can see it for themselves.

 Most people have gum disease and it is only a matter of time before they are told by their dentist that they have it. This is usually done when it is time for an expensive treatment. I wrote a book for everyone called : What You Should Know About Gum Disease - A Layman's Guide To Fighting Gum Disease.  

This is not just a book for when you find out you have this problem.  It can also help you understand this problem before it becomes bad enough that you are told about it.   And  you may be able to stop it from getting to a point where you need an expensive treatment. 

In short - If 3 out of every 4 people have some gum disease right now (if we are to believe our dental professionals) - then EVERY family needs this book.   And even if you are an individual, chances are high that you need the information in this book as well. 

I hope that I have been able to shed some light onto the question of why there are different tips for the Hydro Floss and I also hope I have provided you some valuable clues that will help you stop / prevent problems (especially the expensive / painful ones) in the future.  


Many expensive dental procedures could be avoided in the first place, if patient's were more educated about prevention.   My favorite.  



PS:  Get your free guides on fighting gum disease and stopping bad breath  

PPS: prevention can also help a lot in reducing an individual's or family's health care costs.  My favorite prevention tool. 

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