Oral stuff

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Now listen. Don’t go getting yourself all excited. This post is not about THAT oral stuff. Keep your minds out of the gutter. The oral stuff I want to talk about has to do with your teeth and gums. Not nearly as exciting, I know, but important nonetheless.

Did you know that that periodontal (gum) disease may be a risk factor in heart disease, stroke, bronchopneumonia and premature or low birth rate babies? And did you further know that periodontal diseases are caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar?

Plaque is a disgusting build up of germs that sticks to your teeth and gums and then makes acid from the sugar and starches you eat. And those acids keep pounding away at your teeth for 20 minutes after you eat. That’s how you get cavities. Repeated attacks of acid.

If you don’t get rid of the plaque with regular brushing AND flossing, it hardens and then turns into tartar and infects your gums, causing redness and easy bleeding.

As you know, a bad dental experience kept me away from ANY dentist for seven years. And even though I always brush twice daily, I was a sporadic flosser. If I did it twice a week, I thought I was doing pretty well.

So it was not a big surprise to me when I finally worked up the courage to go back to the dentist to find that I did in fact have gum disease. Ick.

When you have gum disease, the hygienist likes to do a deep cleaning of your teeth (a process with the awful-sounding name of root planing and scaling) in four separate appointments – one for each quadrant of your mouth. Cost? $1000. Crikey!

So when the brave hygienist took a look in my mouth, she cleaned off some of the tartar at the gum line and then told me she would put me “on probation” for four weeks to see if I could improve it a little on my own and save some money on the deep cleaning.

When I got home, I turned on QVC (as is my habit when I’m depressed) and what do you think they were presenting? A little product called Oraparx – an at-home system that they claimed would bust up the plaque not only on your teeth, but even below the gum line. I took this as a sign and immediately ordered it. For under $20, I didn’t think I had much to lose.

Basically, this system consists of a tube of a toothpaste-like substance (which I suspect is mostly baking soda and hydrogen peroxide) and a foam rubber mouth tray. You fill the tray on both sides with the paste, put it in your mouth and leave it in for at least 10 minutes, but not more than 20. I use it while I’m in the shower; the timing works out perfectly.

You would normally use it only once a week or so – less if your teeth look like this:

And perhaps significantly more often if they look like this:

Being somewhere between the two, I used it for seven days straight and then every other day until my return dental appointment. The end result was that I only had to have the deep cleaning on 3 teeth – I had managed to clean the rest of them enough that they didn’t need them. And I saved $750. Pretty impressive, I thought.

I immediately went to the Oraparx website and got into their auto-delivery plan and continued to use it two to three times per week. And when I went back for my 3-month cleaning (which is another thing they make you do if you have periodontal disease), the hygienist said the improvement in my gums was “practically unheard of”.

So if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, or if you are one of those people who have a lot of plaque build up for no good reason, or if you just want to improve on your oral health, seriously…get this stuff. I highly recommend it. Your gums will thank you.

I had some more to tell you – about a cheap, cheap teeth-whitening product, but this is too long already so I’ll save it for another time.


Tammy Howard said...

I'm going to look into that - any problems with using it with a cap? sounds WAY less painful than the alternative (physically and financially)

Anonymous said...

You had me at oral...LOL!

Thanks for the info. I am going to get my teeth cleaned next week and I HATE IT!

Melissa S. said...

Did you notice any whitening with it too?

Theresa said...

I trust your research and will take a look at this good stuff!

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

No, I don't believe there are any problems using it with a cap. I have crowns and it's okay.

Melissa, some of the reviews I read claimed that it whitened, but I don't know if I would count on it. Not any more than the whitening you get when you get your teeth professionally cleaned.

MaryRC said...

i need to get me some of that. i dont have gum disease but i have bleeders, i floss, i brush and i have a sonic care and MY GUMS STILL BLEED! they suck..

how are ya?

BetteJo said...

Y'know you really ought to have some kind of disclaimer on your site. "Danger of spending money when you read this blog!"

Whenever I come here I end up buying something. Seriously. You really need to get a cut from some of these people! I just bought this "oral stuff."

Is there anything subliminal going on here that I'm not aware of?

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

LOL BetteJo! I should have a disclaimer that says "Danger of spending money when you WRITE this blog"!! Let me know how you like it!

Laura said...

wow so glad to see this stuff! I need all the help I can get. I went 20 years w/o dental care, ugh so I get the 3 mo. deep clean. I have almost fully recovered though just through clean no surgery required.


Raye said...

Thanks for writing this. I have a lot of dental problems due to heridity (and lack of money for expensive procedures to save my teeth) I get a cleaning twice a year and brush and floss faithfully but for the price I am going to try this product ! I hope I have good results like you.

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Lisa Marie said...

Thank you for this valuable information. I have never heard of this product and I am terrified of the dentist. Plus at the moment I have no dental plan, so i think I will invest in this product. Thank you.


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