You may be wondering if it is possible to successfully treat gingivitis (or periodontitis) and halitosis at home. Perhaps you have been told by your dentist or periodontist that you suffer from gum disease, also called periodontal disease (which has periodontitis and gingivitis as its two most common forms).
Note that an oral irrigator (or dental irrigator) is actually an incredibly effective tool to help cure halitosis, not only for individuals who suffer from gum disease, but for anybody that really cares about their oral hygiene. For instance, oral irrigators (such as the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator or the Panasonic Oral Irrigator) are very useful for people who wear braces, and for people who have got crowded teeth (more challenging to floss) or big gaps between the teeth where food debris builds up easily.
If I had to pick just ONE product to recommend to someone on a tight budget who suffers from gum disease and halitosis, that would be, without any sort of doubt, an oral irrigator. The clean feeling in my mouth immediately after using a dental irrigator is just unbelievable (I can only compare it to that incredible feeling of cleanliness I feel after having seen my periodontist / dental hygienist for a deep clean of my teeth and gums).
The fist thing I noticed when I started using the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator during the first week was that, after only a few days of regular use, all that sour / metallic taste in my mouth had suddently disappeared. Another fact that I noticed straight away was that the redness and bleeding I had been experiencing in some areas of my mouth were nowhere to be seen. These two things alone were priceless to me – getting rid of the bleeding, the swelling AND the bad taste was unquestionable proof that I was on the right path to finding a durable solution to my bad breath problem.
In fact, this gadget has helped me so much in my battle against halitosis that I will try my best to write quite a thorough review, so that I can give as much information as possible, including important results coming from recent scientific research on the effectiveness of oral irrigators. From my personal experience, an oral irrigator is an indispensable tool if your are serious about finding a permanent halitosis cure.
You don’t need to buy the Hydro Floss oral irrigator – there are other good oral irrigators on the market too. The Panasonic oral Irrigator for instance, is small, portable and cheaper than the Hydro Floss.
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First of all, let’s go back to the details on how to treat gingivitis at home. The most important steps to follow are:
a) Make sure you brush your teeth properly with a soft-headed toothbrush. By properly I mean to brush in small round circles around each tooth and the gum line, both on the cheek side and the palate side of your gums.
I personally find this task a lot easier by using a good quality electric toothbrush. This is of course a personal preference. Having said that, use of a soft-headed electric toothbrush is now recommended by most dentists and periodontists, as it has been proven to remove plaque more effectively and, equally importantly, it has also been shown it helps minimise damage to the gums.
If tooth brushing is done properly, any bleeding due to gingivitis should stop after a few days (as long as you have your periodontist / hygienist clean your teeth regularly – usually that would be every 3 to 6 months, or more often if your gum disease is severe). Less blood and inflammation = fresh breath, which is what we want!
b) Floss, floss and floss! (after meals and before bed). Very gently but firmly. All around the gumline. As above, any bleeding due to gingivitis should stop after a few days of following this regime (as long as you regularly see your periodontist for a good clean).
c) Use an oral irrigator once a day. This is something that I would totally recommend you invest in, if you can afford it. Simply because the results speak for themselves. I will explain the details of how to use it below.
Note: for information on how to treat halitosis successfully, follow my Step By Step Guide to Curing Halitosis, and for detailed oral hygiene instructions, read this article here: Basic Oral Hygiene Instructions.
Summarising, how do you treat gingivitis (or periodontitis) and halitosis at home? Learn how to brush effectively with a soft-headed toothbrush, floss regularly after brushing, and use an oral irrigator once every day. It is actually quite simple :-)
Remember to visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly; this is crucial if you are serious about treating your halitosis and gum disease effectively. You need a professional to carry out the procedures you cannot do at home.
I got myself the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator a few months ago and I can honestly say I will be using this gadget for a long time, until I am old and my teeth fall out (if they ever do!).
Note: I originally purchased a Waterpik oral irrigator but I wasn’t very happy with it. I found many little annoying problems, but the main one was that the water tank was not big enough and so the oral irrigator would constantly shut down due to low water levels. Some people have had good experiences with the Waterpik, but all I can say is I did not like it.
Anyway, back to the Hydro Floss! The Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator arrived in a nice big box, with an instructional DVD and an information booklet , both of which were really helpful. The instructions provided all the information I needed to get started straight away. In addition, the box contained four tips for the irrigator.
It took me a little practice to actually learn how to use the Hydro Floss oral irrigator properly; you need to figure out how much (or how little) you need to open your mouth and how to position the lips so that the water does not splash everywhere! After a few days of fun, I had pretty much learned how to use it, and was already doing the whole mouth irrigation in about 2 to 3 minutes total. I really enjoy the fresh and clean feeling after using it. Oral irrigation also leaves a rather nice tingling sensation all around your gums, which I really like!
So, what is the science behind it, you may wonder? The Hydro Floss oral irrigator uses magnetised water to get rid of plaque and debris. This means that the high pressure jet hitting your gum line contains ions, and these ions are really effective at preventing the attachment of plaque and debris on the surface of your teeth. In fact, there have been several major scientific studies on the use of magnetic oral irrigation systems (*), all concluding that there is a 40 to 44% greater reduction in calculus and plaque formation when using a magnetised oral irrigator (compared to using non-magnetized irrigators).
(*) These include, for instance:
"The Effect of Oral Irrigation with a Magnetic Water Treatment Device on Plaque and Calculus", Journal of Clinical Periodontology (1993)
"The Role of Supra and Subgingival Irrigation in the Treatment of Periodontal Diseases", J. Periodontal (2005)
All these studies just validate what my experience has already shown me: the Hydro Floss oral irrigator not only helps to keep my mouth really clean, but it really provides an answer on how to treat gingivitis at home. And this in turn means I have found a really good way to minimise my chances of getting bad breath again.
Many periodontists recommend using magnetised oral irrigation because, particularly for those suffering from periodontal disease (periodontitis or gingivitis), it will provide an invaluable tool to keep the gum pockets clean.
Periodontal disease can involve the formation of pockets around your gum line, where food debris collects and becomes a breeding field for all sorts of nasty bacteria (producing sulfur compounds which really stink; hence the halitosis!). So using the magnetised high pressure jet of the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator will provide a very deep clean that brushing and flossing alone can never achieve.
Note: please be aware that oral irrigation should never be used on its own to replace brushing or flossing. It will be most effective used once a day, after brushing and flossing. Also I need to remind you that regular visits to your dentist and periodontist are extremely important if you are serious about finding a permanent halitosis cure.
In conclusion, if you can afford it and you are serious about getting rid of your bad breath, I would totally recommend you buy yourself an oral irrigator; you really have to try it to see the difference it will make.
Finding a durable cure for halitosis doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, regular use of an oral irrigator has enabled me to space out my visits to the dental hygienist to just one or twice a year now, and this alone has already saved me time and money!
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The main reason I love the Panasonic Oral Irrigator is because is small and portable, so I carry it in my purse for when I am out and about. In addition, when I have to travel away from home for a few days, I will not take the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator because it is way too bulky, and the Panasonic Oral Irrigator not only is portable and small, but it collapses to an even smaller size as well.
Being such a small device, it actually exceeded all my expectations (I bought it after having used the Hydro Floss oral Irrigator for a while) and I was amazed at how powerful it is. It does get rid of all the food debris trapped between my molars, and it cleans all the debris and bacteria trapped in my gum pockets (I suffer from gum recession and have a few areas where gum is anattached).
Also the batteries last a very long time, which I was also very pleasantly surprised about. This is brilliant, because when you travel, you don’t want more plugs and cables to carry around.
After using the Panasonic Oral Irrigator you will notice and incredible feeling of freshness all around your mouth, and just after a few days of using, you will notice that any bleeding and swelling of the gums are slowly disappearing. With this, any sour or metallic taste will also be eliminated, and with it, the bad breath as well.
Remember that an oral irrigator needs to be used in addition to brushing and flossing, to achieve the best results.
If you are on a tight budget and can’t afford the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator, or simply you prefer to have a less bulky gadget that you can carry around with you, I totally recommend you try the Panasonic Oral Irrigator. Click on one of the links below to find out more:
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I hope that this post has provided you with all the information you needed on how to treat gingivitis and halitosis at home, by using a top quality oral irrigator – such as the Panasonic Oral Irrigator or the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator – in addition to brushing and flossing.