Review of OraWellness
4 years living in
Israel, working with a project full
of volunteers. One group of volunteers consisted of dentists.
has socialized medicine. Dental, on the other hand, is hard to find;
but I was lucky as I was working with them. I went to see a dentist
nearly every four months. When I returned to the
US, one day I realized I’d had a
toothache starting and went to visit a dentist. It was not a tooth
problem, but a “pocket” problem; the pocket was inflamed (food had
gotten trapped in it).
finally got myself a regular dentist and he told me my teeth were
great, but the gums had to come out. I had advanced periodontal
in shock. How could this be since I brushed regularly and visited a
dentist more often that the recommended two times a year?
reason was the simple fact that I’d never seen a dental hygienist.
The position of dental hygienist has evolved over the years. When I
was a kid, there was no such thing: just a dentist and his
as periodontal disease goes, there used to be few options other than
surgery and extraction.
we have options. More and more is known about periodontal disease as
every year passes. For instance, when you are young, cavities are
the problem; as you age, periodontal disease is the problem. And the
main problem with periodontal disease is that once a pocket has
established itself, no amount of brushing or flossing is going to
get down into that pocket and clean out the bacteria that keep
digging the pocket deeper and deeper.
where the OraWellness program comes in. I’ve tried everything, but
for a daily, continuous program, let me tell you, nothing is better
than this program.
I have been
brushing and using a waterpic with Listerine. However, you have to
remember that the waterpic can only get 3 maybe 4 millimeters deep.
If you have advanced periodontal disease, you have pockets deeper
than 4 millimeters. No amount of brushing, flossing, or using a
waterpic will get at bacteria in pockets deeper than 4 millimeters.
We got from
OraWellness two kits for two people to try. The kits consisted of a
toothbrush (made specifically for those with periodontal disease),
their brushing solutions (made from a combination of essential oils
that they tested on the variety of bacteria found in the mouth), a
DVD and instruction manual, and a syringe with a periodontal head
that allows the user to irrigate deeply into their pockets.
We decided to test
the products and their methods against methods and products
prescribed by my dentist.
She, we’ll call her
“Mary,” used the products as prescribed. I used my sonarcare
toothbrush, waterpic once or twice a week, brushed with their
brushing solution but mixed with my baking soda and diatomaceous
earth combo and a dab of prescription tooth paste from my dentist.
Mary irrigated with the hydrogen peroxide recipe found on the DVD, I
irrigated with prescription mouthwash
We both went to see our hygienists after we ran out of the brushing
solution (essential oils).
Mary reported that
4 of her pockets had shrunk (about 40% since she had 11 pockets). I
had three pockets shrink, about the same since I’d had 8 pockets.
When Mary ran out
of her essential oil solution, she ordered more. I did something
different. I went until my next checkup using my original recipe
(the baking powder mixture and prescription toothpaste) and did not
order the OraWellness product. My next checkup was very telling.
Right away my hygienist told me that I had a ton of plaque this
time. She said it was the worst checkup since we’d started. I told
her what I had done differently and she told me: Go back to that
last protocol you had!
It did not take
anymore evidence to convince me; the brushing solution is great
stuff. In fact, when I go out, I have an extra bottle in the car I
so I can just rinse my mouth out occasionally.
We really liked the
OraWellness program, and I will continue to order their brushing
formula. However, I would be remiss not to tell you about one more
weapon against periodontal disease that my dentist has used on me
with great success. It’s an antibiotic called Arestin®.
Arestin® is a
powder. It is put deeply into your pockets (that are deeper than 4
millimeters). The moisture solidifies the Arestin® where it kills
bacteria for about 8 or 9 months. At the end of that period, all
pockets deeper than 4 millimeters get another shot of Arestin®. In
my case, it took only one treatment, and I had no pockets deeper
than 2 millimeters. This stuff worked miracles, and if you ask
anyone, I’m no friend of antibiotics.