My husband just came back from the dentist and I couldn’t believe what he told me!
Before I dive into his life-saving story, I want to preface this post by saying that both my husband and I go to the dentist for cleanings and I’ve had dental work and some wisdom teeth pulled too.
In our earlier years, we may have skipped a year or two between cleanings. But, after our son was born, life just got busy, and we both neglected our oral care and didn’t see the dentist for years.
Of course, we floss – my husband flosses every day and has been for years – and brush our teeth and we don’t drink soda or high sugary foods. We just didn’t go to our yearly cleaning appointments. For almost four years.
My husband was complaining last week that his back teeth were hurting him. He was worried he may need a root canal or something serious so he booked his dentist cleaning this week.
People Have Different Mouths
I had no idea that mouths are different. Even saliva is different. The hygienist told my husband that he has a spitty mouth. His mouth produces too much saliva.
People with “spitty” mouths tend to have more plaque than those that don’t have “spitty” mouths (like me). Those people – um, me – have a tendency to get cavities. Which, I did when I was an early teen and had them filled.
My husband told me that the hygienist recommended that the dentist freeze his mouth before she started cleaning.
Apparently, there were years of plaque build-up in his mouth. She said his teeth will hurt after. He didn’t freeze his mouth.
He was at the dentist for over two hours and he still has to go in again to finish the cleaning.
As my husband is saying this, I was shocked by what he was telling me. When we lived in another city and went to the dentist there, my husband always told me that they said his teeth were fine and that the cleanings were fast and didn’t hurt.
Can all that change in a few short years?
His hygienist also told him he was brushing and flossing completely wrong.
She said most people brush too hard, not long enough, and don’t do it right (top to bottom is right, most do crossways).
Now, that I’m brushing my son’s teeth, I want to make sure I’m doing it right.
Gum Disease is the Root of ALL Health Problems
My husband and I have always adopted that health begins in the gut. You need a healthy gut – good probiotics – to have a strong and healthy body.
Little did we know that you have to go back before the food hits your gut – your mouth. My husband’s dentist strongly feels that gum disease is the root of all health problems.
While my husband isn’t old, he is coming up with small health problems that aren’t related to each other. His gums could be the culprit.
Here’s a video to help you with fighting gum disease naturally (that really work).
My Hygenist Told Him To Get This Today
Some of the links below are affiliate links, but we each got one this afternoon from our local drugstore (even though we paid a bit more) so we can start using it today!
To save you thousands in later dental bills.
Spend $50 for this toothbrush and it can also save your life. Okay, maybe it’s not that literal, but for my husband, it might be. He’s no spring chicken!
So, what is this toothbrush?
I couldn’t believe that this little electric toothbrush would save us thousands in dental bills, but the hygienist and dentist swear by it. By using this toothbrush regularly, you’ll avoid expensive dental work like a dental implant or root canal work.
I mean apparently electric beats the regular toothbrush by 1000%, and nearly all dentists and hygienists say to go electric. I never knew!
Because the electric toothbrush is more efficient at getting the plaque off your tooth. Plus this toothbrush has a built-in sensor so you aren’t brushing too hard (which hubby is unknowingly doing).
Brushing hard is like the #1 thing most people do. And it’s wrong.
Kids Can Use Electric Toothbrushes
If you have a preschooler than you can use an electric toothbrush (supervised). My son is excited to try this “machine” out and I’m glad he’s willing to brush his teeth.
Setting up a good routine with oral care in your children is imperative to long-term health. My son has a light-up toothbrush – this exact one – and he loves it.
It lights up for the entire time it takes to brush your teeth – 1 minute – and helps him know how long it takes to make his teeth clean.
My Husband’s Oral Care Plan
Now that he’s taking his gum disease serious, he’s going to try some natural remedies (that he did in the past, but stopped once he became a father and life got too busy).
My husband will start:
- Using hydrogen peroxide to rinse his mouth
- Oil pulling
- Salt water rinses
- Use the Oral-B electric toothbrush
- Visit the dentist twice a year
I will have my dental visit soon. I know it won’t be that bad since I have a different mouth than my husband (my teeth are a bit gappier, I have fillings, not a lot of salivia)…well I least I hope!
Don’t be like us! Visit your dentist for a cleaning. Try oil pulling. It’s easy to do and has wonderful health benefits!
If you have any life-saving or money-saving dental stories, please share!