First Do No Harm

Periodontal Secrets
Or …
How I beat advanced gum disease, created a ‘dental miracle’ and navigated to greater oral health from the comfort of my own home.

I would like to share with you how I went against conventional dental suggestions and reversed the damage of advanced gum disease in my own mouth without the pain and expense of dental surgery.

The trip to the dentist...

It all started in 1997 when I was diagnosed with advanced periodontal disease. I had 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, we 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 health, I immediately researched alternative therapies for advanced periodontal disease.

Home care...

My research uncovered that periodontal disease is caused by pathogenic (disease causing) 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 yes, even cancer.

I discovered a way that I could care for this bacterial infection in my mouth at home, without all the expense and pain of conventional dentistry. 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".

My home care protocol addressed the gum disease from within the mouth as well as on an immunological level. In the mouth, I used what is called a pocket applicator daily to apply a home made anti bacterial solution to the base of the gum pockets. You can learn more about this tool here.

I also did plenty of massage of the infected gum tissue. We all know that loving touch feels good, period, plain and simple. I figured that it couldn’t hurt to massage the infected gum tissue letting it know that I wanted it to become healthy again and support me keeping my teeth!

I also took plenty of vitamin C to support my immunity. In hindsight, I now know many other immune supporting tools and techniques beyond just taking vitamin C.

A year later

May 1998, I returned to the same dentist requesting another periodontal probe. 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 second visit 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 self care system I followed very closely.

Simply put, kill the bacteria that cause gum disease frequently at first 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.

We have put the 15 years of experience effectively navigating back to health from advanced gum disease into a home care system, called the OraWellness HealThy Mouth System. The HealThy Mouth System includes the tools, an educational DVD and handbook showing you how to use the tools as well as an important feedback tool that you can use to prove to yourself that the actions you are doing are helping you create positive change in your oral health. You can learn more about the OraWellness HealThy Mouth System here.

About the authors:

Will and Susan Revak are the founders of OraWellness. OraWellness offers tools and educational products to help you take control of your oral health using organic ingredients and inexpensive natural solutions. Chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, and other signs of oral imbalance can be a thing of the past. has many articles, FREE video tutorials and downloads to help you create positive change in your own oral health. Whether you are looking for gentle, effective daily care (with no toxic ingredients) or a complete solution to effectively address oral imbalances (even advanced gum disease), OraWellness can help.

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