The trip to the dentist…
It all started in 1997 when I was diagnosed with advanced periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis). I have been going to dentists my whole life and this was the first dentist to ever mention periodontal disease.
The dentist did what is called a periodontal pocket depth test, which measures the depth of the gum pockets around each tooth. To my surprise I had one pocket that was over 10 millimeters deep.
This is a classic case of advanced periodontal disease.
The dentist handed me a brochure about periodontal disease that outlined their treatment protocol which involved extensive, expensive, painful root planing and gum surgery. All this with no guarantee that the treatment would actually heal my mouth. (In hindsight and years of research later, I have found research that clearly shows that the prescribed gum surgery actually speeds up tooth loss!)
Given that I am the type of person who prefers to take responsibility for my own health, I immediately researched alternative therapies for advanced periodontal disease.
My research uncovered that periodontal disease is caused by pathogenic bacteria thriving in the mouth. These same bacteria are also responsible for bad breath, gum recession, tooth sensitivity and tooth loss. I was surprised to find that gum disease is also linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, low birth weight babies and even cancer.
I learned of a way to treat periodontal disease at home, without all the expense and pain. So, I decided that I would give this home treatment a try. After using the pocket applicator for just a few days I already noticed that the pain I had been experiencing was less. I started to see improvement right away. I applied the information steadfastly because I was determined to heal myself as well as “prove the dentist wrong” when she told me that the condition was “non-reversible and incurable”.
A year later…
May 1998, I returned to the same dentist requesting another periodontal probe test. Where the year before she had found pockets of 4 and 5 mm depths, they were now only 3 and 4 mm. I had one molar that originally had measured at over 10 mm read only at 3mm a year later. The dentist was so confused that she thought the second reading was wrong and tried to push the probe down deeper. Then unable to believe otherwise, she came to the conclusion that the reading the year before MUST have been wrong!
I know that it was not wrong. I gave particular attention to that tooth/gum with regular home treatment with the pocket applicator, antibacterial solutions and lots of massage. I even visualized the gum re-adhering to the tooth.
No more loose teeth!
Another very interesting bit of feedback I received from that follow up visit to the dentist was finding out that the loose teeth I had on the first visit were no longer loose! On the first visit I had several teeth measured to have either minor or moderate movement when tested by the dentist. On my return visit, I had no measurable tooth movement! Another success!
The sad part of the story is that when I told the dentist that I had been applying home care, she had no questions. She essentially didn’t want to hear what I had done to reverse what she considered an incurable condition.
Is this healing a miracle?
It’s interesting to note that there are some dentists who treat gum disease and periodontal disease very effectively. Their treatment protocol parallels the OraWellness self care system very closely. Simply put, kill the bacteria that cause gum disease and follow a regular program of dental hygiene. The tools the dentist uses to successfully treat periodontal disease in the office are extremely similar to the tools we use at home.
Want to see the proof?