Showing posts with label dental care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dental care. Show all posts

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Remember to Spend the Money in Your HSA Before The End Of The Year

Dr. Lee reminds of us of the benefits of spending our HSA dollars before the end of the year. 

You can read more here:

You can join that dental health community for free while there.




Dr Tippins Reminds Us That Toothpaste May Cause Canker Sores

What kind of toothpaste are you currently utilizing?  

Dr. Tippins explains why it may be responsible for the canker sores that you have been experiencing.

You can read more about his post here:

While you are there, you may want to join that Dental Health community to get other good tips.




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Are Dental X-Rays Dangerous?

One of our community members, posted this about x-rays and their dangers.  

You'll see the comments I made there as well.

Do your own research and draw your own conclusions.

X-rays are a diagnostic tool that virtually every dentist will definitely say they need.

There is little doubt that they are important.    It allows them to see what is going on 'under the surface' - at least a little better.

So, don't be too harsh on your dentist about x-rays.

On the other hand, I once met an X-ray tech who developed cancer.       I just don't want you to think I am making everything sound rosy.

Their is virtually no way to know if that tech's cancer was influenced by his profession or not.   I know that.  

Just throwing that out there.

 Feel free to comment in the comment section below!  



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Should You Get A Root Canal?

You'll want to discuss this with your dentist in detail, of course.

Here are some things to keep in mind.

1. You have a right to a second, third, fourth or more opinions from other dentists.  And opinions can vary widely!  So keep that in mind.

2.  A root canal essentially means the tooth will be dead.   This will often cause the tooth to turn brown and necessitate a crown.

3. Crown work may not last forever and may need to be done again at some point.  The same is true for fillings as well.

4.  If there is any possibility of saving that tooth, you may want to look for a doctor who will help you to do that.

5.  You can check out a book on root canals here.    Information is power.  Making a good decision is based on good information. 

I hope you found this useful.  If so, please sound off in the comment section below.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dental Ignorance

"What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You"  - Dental Ignorance

I was once told by a doctor that 'prevention doesn't pay'.    He knows about my book:  What You Should Know About Gum Disease.    And that is what he told me.  He meant:  You can't make any money by helping people to prevent things.

And as it turns out, he is right.   People aren't going to listen until they are facing a crisis.  And even then, they often aren't going to listen.   Instead they will spend thousands for solutions that are only short term. 

Someone else said, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."   Same idea.

I learned or found some understandings about dental health that the masses really need to know and understand.   The problem is:  Very few people listen to me.

When 75% of people have some gum disease right now, you might think it would be a no brainer that they would all want to read my book.   But it really doesn't work that way.

Instead, they are going to be told they need expensive dental treatments.  They are going to shell out thousands of dollars only to find that they will have to shell out more thousands one year to three years later because the underlying situation was only temporarily addressed.

They don't realize that the prevention of these problems is a daily issue.   No treatments are going to solve the fundamental problems because it is a daily issue.  Only you can work on your own mouth on a daily basis.

Brushing and flossing works to a degree.  But when 75% of people still have gum disease, it SHOULD be easy to realize that often times more is needed.  For most people, regular brushing and flossing, while important, are not enough to stop this problem.

As humans, we really look at things in a strange way, don't we?

Here is an analogy.   You NEVER change the oil in your car.  You go to the mechanic once every two years to get your engine changed because it has been destroyed from the lack of maintenance.  The mechanic gladly charges you thousands to replace your engine.   And will be able to do it again in two years. 

All the while he knows that if you would just change your oil, everything would be great.   But even though he might mention it in passing to ease his conscience, you never get the concept.

And every couple of years you keep buying a new engine.  

There is only one problem with this analogy.  It's just a car.   Once you lose a tooth, what are you going to do?   Spend more money on an implant or dentures?    There is no substitute for a good tooth.   It's not like an engine where you can just put a new one in every couple of years.

Sadly,  this blog post is not even going to make a dent.   Few people will read it and even fewer will "get it". 

That doctor was right,  "Prevention doesn't pay".    But it does pay someone, it pays the patient.   Prevention pays the patient,  but most will not listen -even after it is too late.     What a strange world we live in.

Are you just like everyone else?   Let me know in the comments below.  

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

When Your Bite Is Off...

When your teeth don't align evenly, many problems can occur.  - including headaches! 

Here is a post in our dental health community (which you should join) about that:


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Parts of A Tooth

Dr. Bruce Lee shared a nice info graphic about the parts of the tooth.   Since he shared it in our google plus dental health community, I'll direct you over there to check it out:

It's basic, but sometimes it really helps to understand how the tooth is structured for the sake of your own dental health maintenance and possibly improvement!


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Friday, August 16, 2013

The Dentist Makes My Gums Bleed And Then Blames It On Me! Or?

Yep.  Well, let's break this down a bit.  I'm afraid I have a little bad news to impart here.

The dentist bleeds my gums and blames me
Sorry to disappoint you with this news.  It's not your dentist's fault.  It really is your responsibility and your fault.   Sorry to do that to you, but if I can't wake you up now, it's a disservice to you.

So I had to say that. 

Now pay attention:  Your dentist generally doesn't do anything that should make your gums bleed.  (ok if they are pulling a tooth, that's another story)

Pulled teeth are something you should strive to prevent anyhow!   Hint:(Clues all over this site)  

 If your gums bleed during examinations and cleanings, that is a sign that you have gum health problems. 

A.K.A gum disease!  


It Feels Like They Are Sticking Straight Pins Into Your Gums

This is just one more indicator that your gums are not healthy.  When / if you are able to get them to be healthy again, that probing won't hurt you at all.  You won't feel it. 

I hope I've given you enough clues here to help you understand that this doesn't come from your dentist.   

This is a problem you have to fix and relatively quickly too. 

Resource:  How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps

dentist makes my gums bleed then says it is my faultSincerely,

(glad my gums don't hurt anymore - Snape)

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Your Dental Health Should Be A Priority

is your dental health a priority?  It should be. I mean that in a nice way, I really do.   So many people are busy with their lives.  They don't often take time to think about their dental health and how it is really a reflection of the body's health.

Both ancient wisdom and modern science agree.  An unhealthy mouth is often a reflection of an unhealthy body. 

In Ancient days, and probably still today, farmers always look at an animals mouth before purchasing it.  They intuitively understood that a sick mouth meant there was probably a sick body there too.

Modern researchers continue to discover connections between gum disease (which most people have at least a little of) and many other diseases, including heart disease and stroke.   Both old wisdom and modern science agree on this point. 

I know you get tired of hearing all those people harp on you about dental health.  I used to hate that too.   And I have OFTEN thought they had ulterior motives.  They very well may. 

But, that doesn't really change the truth about the connections that exist.

It does pay to prevent dental health problems.

Take it from someone who doesn't stand to gain thousands up thousands of dollars, your dental health is important! 

Take it from someone, who was trying his best to avoid an expensive treatment.
I was able to do so, because I developed some knowledge and I found the right tool.

Part of my success at avoiding expensive treatment was from knowledge and understanding.  I put that in the book : What You Should Know About Gum Disease.

Another part of my success was due to finding the right tool to do the job I needed done.  That tool is what I call the Best Flosser.

And now, I have shared these resources with you.   Even though I have done that, I know you may not listen to me.   Let's face it, most people are intent on following the mainstream.  They will go ahead and go for the Scaling and Root Planing Treatment or the Gum Grafts or the other surgeries that will be both costly and require some recovery.    

They will spend a lot of money on expensive treatments.  Those are the same treatments that a wise person can learn to prevent.   You know what many doctors say?   "Prevention doesn't pay."  A doctor told me that when I told him about my book.    Isn't that telling?   I think it is.

I can tell you that prevention does pay.   It pays the patient.  And it can pay off big time in savings and hassles in the future.   

prevent dental health problems and save money later.

I have an experience to share.  Not just mine either.  I have a story to tell.  If you want to hear that story, give me a call.   1-888-586-6849.    There is no obligation or anything like that.  But maybe I have information that is worth hearing / learning.  

Of course, you always want to listen to and be under the care of your dentist.  But, that doesn't mean a person can't learn things that can help her further, right?   You should always get your regular cleanings and checkups.   That's important.   But, even most dental professionals will acknowledge that what you do at home, every day, and between office visits, has the greatest impact on your dental health. 



PS: The two resources again are: 
1.   What You Should Know About Gum Disease.   And 2. the Best Flosser

top tool for helping to fight gum disease and the book What You Should Know About Gum Disease

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Best Kept Secret To Better Dental Health


With health care expenses getting higher and higher with no relief in sight, what's a smart family leader to do?  When you analyzes your expenses, it becomes obvious that avoiding expensive dental treatments would be to the family's advantage.

Of course, you must always go in for your regular dental cleanings and checkups!  But, what if you could avoid additional expenses and problems through the power of prevention?  Would that be valuable to you and your family's budget?

Can you say, "Extra vacation time"?     Or,  "Less credit card bills"?

That's what the power of prevention can do for you.   You only have two ways to improve your personal financial bottom line.  One is to make more money and the other is to save more money!

That's it!  Those are your options. 

Well, I've hinted at what can help.

Read more about it. 


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Will The Hydro Floss Help You? Video


Will the Hydro Floss Help You?

Most likely, it will.  But if you have specific questions and don't mind answering a few questions so that I can give you better information suited to you, feel free to call us at the number at the top of your screen.

One Hydro Floss will serve a family of four.  It comes with several color coded jet tips.   Each member of the family can have their own jet tip and the colors keeps them from being mixed up.
If you need more regular tips, you can get them here. 

A Test For You

You can find out if the Hydro Floss will work for you by knowing what your periodontal pocket depths are before you start using it and comparing them to the depths after using it effectively for a solid month.

These numbers are what your dentist and / or hygienist should be measuring at every visit anyway.  You should be able to call them to get your current numbers. 

Generally speaking, 3mm and below is considered good and above that is generally considered a problem.  Your own dentist or hygienist will be able to take these readings and let you know what they are.  These numbers will also help you to see if you have any 'problem areas' to focus on.

Compare the current numbers with those you have after using the Hydro Floss  effectively for a month to find out how  it is working for you. 

Read more about the Hydro Floss Now. 


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Sunday, May 12, 2013

International Congress Of Oral Implantologists Spring Meeting

International Congress Of Oral Implantologists Spring Meeting

This year's meeting will be held from May 16th  to May 18th, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Bellagio Hotel.

Topics covered will include:

Extraction site evaluation / management

Immediate vs Delayed implant placement post extraction

Digital Impressions, intra and extra laser scanning and milling techniques

Comprehensive surgical options of the partially and completely edentulous maxillary arch

Legal ramifications of implant failure

You will need to be an OCOI member to attend.   You can find information on the website

Many Implantologists recommend the HydroFloss to their patients.   


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

Interesting Links: 
Read About The Hydro Floss

Customer Reviews. 

Pocket Pal Tips   

Pocket Pal Tip Reviews

Thursday, May 9, 2013

What's Worse For Your Teeth? Tea or Coffee ?

I received this question via twitter:  

 What's Worse For Your Teeth? Tea or Coffee ?

If you want to ask me a question on twitter, you can ask this profile.  

Or you can ask on this site via the contact form. 

 What's Worse For Your Teeth? Tea or Coffee ?


My opinion is that coffee is far worse on your teeth than tea.   Coffee is very, very acidic.  It is probably more acidic than you would initially imagine.   In fact, it is nearly as acidic as soda.  And soda often contains phosphoric acid!   So that should tell you something.

Tea is not nearly as acidic.    Therefore, I would say that tea is better for your teeth than coffee. 

Acid is bad for teeth because it can directly breakdown the tooth enamel.   In addition,  the 'bad bacteria' in our mouths love acid.  It makes them multiply more rapidly.    In turn, the greater amounts of  'bad bacteria' create even more acid as a waste byproduct.

You can probably imagine the potential for a loop that is not healthy for your body at all.

Fee free to ask a follow up question or ask for clarification in the comment section below this post.

More related to this topic:  

Video:  Why acidic beverages are bad for your teeth

Text Post:  Why Acid Is Bad For Your Teeth 

Why Coffee Is Bad For Your Teeth 

Coffee Breath Got Ya Down?  


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

Interesting Links: 
Read About The Hydro Floss ( a tool I know that has had a positive impact on the dental health of many people).

Customer Reviews. 

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Pocket Pal Tip Reviews

Friday, May 3, 2013

A Tip To Help You Brush Your Teeth More Gently

If you know that you have been brushing too hard and have eroded your gum line, or your dentist has told you to not brush so hard, this might be for you.

If you have been having trouble stopping yourself from brushing too hard, this might work to help.

Only follow this tip after you check with your dentist or hygienist.  

Tip:  Try grasping your toothbrush without your pinky finger.   Many people do not realize that their strongest gripping finger is their pinky finger. 

This may help to "force" you to brush more gently.   


Saturday, April 27, 2013

What Is The Biggest Threat To Your Dental Health?

Arguably, the biggest threat to your dental health is gum disease.   A number of factors may go into your diagnosis of this problem, but one of the most objective factors is your periodontal pocket depths.

They should be 3mm and below.  If you have pockets greater than 3mm, generally speaking, most dental professionals will say that your gums are unhealthy.

If this is the case for you, don't be too shocked.  In fact, about 75% of people have some gum disease right now.  However, that is NOT a reason to take it lightly.  In fact, just the opposite.

So many health problems, according to researchers, seem to bear a (mostly) unexplained correlation to the presence of gum disease. 

There are many theories for this.  One is that the bacteria that cause gum disease and other dental health problems have easy access to your blood stream.  The tissues are thin in your mouth and access to your blood is not far away.







This may explain why p gingivalis ( a gum disease causing bacteria) is being found in the plaque that clogs arterial vessels in heart disease victims.   I don't know about you, but to me the implications are a bit scary.  

As if that weren't enough, gum disease is the number one reason that people lose their teeth.  That has probably been the case for thousands of years on this planet.  

It's not much different today.  This is a common problem that takes people's teeth ruins smiles and may cause other health problems!   Yet, the majority of people remain ignorant of these facts. 

Don't be one of them.   Learn what you can do to help protect your dental health and improve your chances of beating the odds! 

Today's Research Simply Validates Ancient Wisdom

When you think about it, these correlations that are being discovered should not be all that surprising. Farmers and those who have owned livestock throughout the centuries mostly noticed that their animals health is related to their mouth.

That's why many livestock owners have always checked the mouth of an animal before buying it.  They have known all along that the mouth reflects the health of the body.

What About Those Periodontal Pocket Depths? 

No one can guarantee that that one thing will work for everyone.  But I can tell you the one thing that has worked for me and the vast majority of my customers I have discussed this with.  That is the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator and you can read the customer reviews for yourself. 



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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Can Oral Care Improve With The Hydro Floss?

Here we are talking about your home oral care.  That is what you do at home between your regular office visits for cleanings and checkups. 

Your regular cleanings are very important.  The hygienist will clean the built up plaque and tartar from your teeth.    And your dentist will check to make sure that your gums and teeth are healthy.

Plaque and Tartar Are Your Enemy

There is such a concept as healthy plaquing, but that hardly exists today, except in perhaps a few very rare individuals.   So we will not talk about it.

For the purpose of this conversation, we consider all plaque and tartar buildup to be unhealthy.  For most people that is actually the case, so it is correct to view it in that perspective.

Under the plaque and tartar is where the unhealthy or 'bad' bacteria grow.   They grow very quickly there.

Therefore, your hygienist is there to remove that which you were unable to prevent or mitigate with your home care.

The Bacteria

The bacteria that grow under the plaque and tartar are what cause many dental health problems.  This includes cavities and gum disease.

Of the two, gum disease is arguably the more serious.    Gum disease is the  number one cause  of tooth loss.    If we are to believe most dental professionals, then 75% of people have gum disease.  That's 3 out of every four.   Some estimate even higher, some lower. 

Gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss.  Out of all the teeth that will be lost this year.  The vast majority will be due to gum disease.  

An implant or dentures is usually the solution at that point.   Perhaps they are not perfect solutions, but they are better than nothing because an empty space in your mouth will cause the other teeth to shift around. 

These solutions can also be costly.  Implant costs vary greatly, but they are definitely expensive.  

Gum Disease

Your dentist will tell you if you have gum disease.  One of the most objective measurements is your periodontal pocket depths.  

Generally speaking,  3mms and below is considered healthy and above 3mm is generally considered unhealthy.   These objective measurements become important to you as they measure a more or less critical aspect of your dental health.

They should be measured by either the dentist or hygienist on every visit.  You should know what they are and ask for them if they are not provided. 

If you are at 3mm and below, then what you are doing at home is working just fine.   If you are above 3mm then it is possible that things can get worse from there. 

You adjust your home care accordingly until you are able to get your periodontal pocket depths to 3mm and below and keep them there (between regular dental cleanings).

The regular appointments with your dentist are still important.  The hygienist can get the 'trouble' spots (where plaque and tartar have accumulated and which you have failed to prevent)  cleaned up for you.  

This is the purpose of all the things we do at home:  Brushing and flossing are for disrupting plaque on a daily basis.  This helps to prevent the bacteria from growing quickly.  They need to be shielded from oxygen to do their damage and that is what the plaque and tartar provide for them - a shield! 

A Problem

However,  there is a problem.  We know that a lot of people have some gum disease right now.   So we have to conclude that for many people, regular brushing and flossing may not be enough to prevent problems and those periodontal pocket depths from getting too deep.

No one thing is guaranteed to work 100% of the time for 100% of the people.  Every human body is different.  

However, the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator has made a big difference for a lot of people, myself included.    I was able to avoid an expensive treatment from utilizing the Hydro Floss.  My gums became healthy again!    I cannot guarantee that it will work for you.  But it has worked for me and a lot of my customers too.

You can improve your odds by reading these directions on effectively using your Hydro Floss.  

Read more on the Hydro Floss
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David Snape

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