Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Natural Process of Healing

The natural reversal process of gum disease starts with
proper instrumentation in the dental office. If you have
gum disease, the first step is to go to a dentist’s office for
a cleaning. Dental hygienists and dentists are trained
specifically to treat the gums and provide proper cleanings
to help eliminate the hardened material or tartar that
attaches to the tooth and root structure. It is important for
the hygienist or the dentist to do a thorough cleaning and
to work with hand instruments (see chapter 6) for these procedures. Many offices today rely on high-tech equipment
such as the ultrasonic scaler and the Prophy Jet. But
focused therapeutic healing can also come from the practitioner,
traveling through the hands, through the instruments,
and into the patient’s mouth. High-tech instruments,
such as the sonic scaler (high-speed ultrasonic tartar
remover), can be an obstacle to this kind of healing.
(Therapeutic healing will be discussed in chapter 6.)
Your mouth may require more than one cleaning; it all
depends on the severity of your condition. If your mouth is
in the second or third stage of periodontal disease, then you
might have to return for three or four treatments. A return
for maintenance can be as frequent as four or five times a
year. After a root planing treatment (a cleaning of the roots
so that healing can take place), the tissue will begin to reattach
to the root and return to a healthy state. After the
removal of tartar, you can use a natural process at home to
heal the tissue (this will be discussed in chapter 9). This is
equally as important as getting a thorough professional
cleaning. Proper home care can help speed up the results of
the gum treatments that are done in the dental office.
After you have root planing and scaling in the dentist’s
office, you will discover that your gum tissue will be sore
and fragile. So go home and use distilled warm water with
sea salt or an herbal rinse, preferably Dr. Vogel’s Bioforce
(Dentaforce), to enable the tissue to heal. Rinse your mouth
frequently and also massage the tissue with a soft brush.
Such soreness tells us it is important to work in a slow and
careful fashion. You would not beat up on a wound that was
raw and new. So keep in mind that all healing is a gentle
process and takes time.
These are the six steps that will happen when you go in
for a holistic cleaning or gum treatment.
1. The dentist or periodontist reviews the patient’s condition
and charts the pockets with a periodontal probe
(Pockets over 4 mm are considered a prerequisite for
gum disease.) Charting of the teeth allows professionals
to make note of their evaluation of your
mouth. They will also document crowns and bridges,
missing teeth, teeth that show broken fillings, and
teeth that have decay and need fillings or root canals.
2. The dentist suggests a treatment plan. Since everyone
heals differently, it may take longer for some people,
and they may need several appointments.
3. The professional provides cleanings, preferably with
hand instrumentation. Ideally, an instrument is dipped
in oreganol (oil of oregano), olive oil, or clove oil, and
then in echinacea toothpaste or another natural toothpaste.
The oreganol or clove oil acts as a lubricant and
natural numbing agent. The echinacea or natural
toothpaste feeds the new cells of the gum.
4. The patient uses a rinse, preferably herbal, to rid the
mouth of disease.
5. The professional conducts a brush massage of the
gums to soothe the irritated tissue and teach the patient
the therapeutic methods of massaging the gums. At
this point, the patient rinses again.
6. The professional provides a review of home care
instruction. The patient is often given a package that
usually contains toothpaste (herbal or baking soda is
preferred) for cleansing and healing of the tissue, mouth rinse, toothbrush, and perhaps selected herbal
products. The professional then advises the patient on
how to start caring for the gums at home.

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