Holistic Practices

Irrigation Protocol

Oral Irrigation-Water Pik

Hand-held Irrigator

Choose one of the following and add to warm water in the tank of the irrigator:

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar/Water
Dilute 1/8

3% Hydrogen Peroxide/Water
Dilute 1oz.-8oz.

Brushing Protocol
Mix the following together in a glass jar:

1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 capful 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1 capful water

Coconut Oil Toothpaste : Please use organic unrefined coconut oil.
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
10 drops essential oil (optional)**

1. Mix baking soda and coconut oil in a glas jar until it forms a paste like consistency.
2. Add several drops of essential oil and mix (essential oil is optional)**

*You can make a larger or smaller batch depending on how long you would like it to last and what size container you're storing it in.
**There are a number of different appropriate essential oils to target oral bacteria.
peppermint, neem, thieves blend, tea tree oil, rosemary, oil of thyme, oil of lemon, cypress, eucalyptus, clove, lavender, camomile.

Home Care
. Tooth Brush Massage ("Press and Wiggle")

With a dry, soft bristle tooth brush, place the bristles on the tooth brush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth starting one-quarter inch below the gumline. With a firm pressure, wiggle the bristles under the gumline, moderately massaging the gums. This should be done for at least 10 minutes a day for prevention. During therapy for the recommended time for tooth brush massage will be instructed for your individual needs:

2. Rubber Tip Stimulator

A. To stimulate the gum tissue, use the tip as your hygienist demonstrated. Use the tip itself as a fulcrum in between two teeth and place the ball of the tip on the gum area just above the teeth. Apply moderate pressure with a slight rolling of the ball of the tip for at least 10 seconds on one area. Depending on the severity of infection involved, your hygienist will recommend an appropriate amount of time to use.

3. Flossing

Wrap approximately a 24 inch piece of floss around your left middle finger, leaving about 6 inches free for the right middle finger (this is your floss holder). Make sure you curve the dental floss as you go through the contact point to allow you access to the root surface of the tooth (below the gumline). Make sure you continue down the root surface of the tooth until you feel the bottom of the pocket. Your hygienist will recommend what kind of floss will work best for you and how many times a day you should use it for plaque removal. A minimum of once daily is recommended for periodontal and caries prevention.

4. Proxabrush

Proxabrushes are an excellent adjunct to oral hygiene care where there has been enough bone loss to allow the brush to fit in between the teeth without forcing the tip of the brush through. Place Proxabrush in between teeth (use in between all teeth where it will fit comfortably). Massage back and forth at least 4 times to remove plaque thoroughly. You may purchase refills at most drug stores.

5. Super Floss and Floss Threaders

These specialized floss aids are used for thorough cleaning and plaque removal under bridges and large interproximal spaces (large spaces in between your teeth). It also is used under orthodontic appliances and wires.

6. Vitamin Therapy

If you are under the care of a physician, please consult your doctor before taking any supplements. The vitamins that are most essential for healing and maintaining healthy tooth tissues are:
Vitamin C - 1,000 mg with bioflavonoids (Please consult your physician if you have had a history of stomach ulcers).
Vitamin B Complex - 50 mg and up, depending on individual needs.

7. Oral Irrigation

Oral irrigation is recommended to use in-office to flush pockets with an antimicrobial agent to provide a temporary environment where plaque will not form as readily. Oral irrigation may also be used as a Co-Therapy recommendation for use at home to flush into periodontal pockets.

8. Desensitizing Toothpaste

MI Paste,Tooth and gum paste by Dental Herb Company. First, remove all plaque from sensitive area. Next, apply paste to sensitive areas with your fingertips - do not rinse.

In order to achieve success with conservative periodontal therapy, it is imperative that you follow through with the recommended Co-Therapy.