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  The Effectiveness of Irrigation (and How To Do It Correctly)

We're on the home stretch, 2/3 of the way finished as a matter of fact! What are you noticing, how are you feeling? Pat yourself on the back for making these changes, and get ready for another great week ahead!

Ahhh, irrigation… has the option to be one of the single most effective tool any one can use. Yep, sometimes it’s a bit messy, but once you master the stream, a pulsating massage awaits your mouth. I know it seems cheesy and perhaps too good to be true, but an irrigation device (the correct one) flushes away the bad bacteria, plaque and food you didn’t even know were in your mouth.

The pulsating stream massages the gums bringing oxygen to them, which is key to a healthy mouth.

If you can master irrigation, you can kiss sometimes up to nearly 95% of the bacteria goodbye. Even deep pockets can be treated with special solutions that help eliminate bacteria and build up.

Products like Periogen, a tartar dissolving solution, can be added to the water, and you can even make a natural antibacterial rinse with xylitol and salt.

The trick with irrigation is having the right amount of pressure, the right tip, and the right solution. Have a look at the descriptions below and research which one will best work for you. We review counter-top machines, shower attachments and rechargeable units.

Try using irrigation if you suffer with:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Dry mouth
  • Gum disease or deep pockets
  • Diabetes
  • Implants
  • If you’ve been told you need or have had “Deep Cleanings”
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Cavities
  • Heavy build up
  • Acidity
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you are in braces
  • If you wear a sports guard throughout the week

Today’s Task:

1. Watch the video below about about how to irrigate

2. Read the article below. It's written by a world famous dental hygienist and it discusses the history of irrigation and the current thoughts since we've merged since into our understanding. I love this article because it tells you what you need to know, and it's an easy enough read. Click here to read her article.

Once she has you convinced to try it, choose from the product links below and give it a shot. Don't consider yourself a failure if you find that you irrigate for awhile, and then get off track.

Life happens.

Just get back on track, and remember, even just a few times a week is better than no times a week! In the long run irrigation will pay the biggest return on investment in regards to both oral and overall's really that good!

Irrigators come in many different form and functions. Head over to the irrigation recommendations chapter for a detailed explanation for each one listed below

3. Then, if you dare, have a look at one of Dr. David Kennedy shows you under a microsocpe what bacteria looks like before and after irrigation.


Following up with Dr. Kennedy's iodine recommendation with iodine, I feel I must share Dr. Mercola's view on thyroid disorders and iodine supplementation. You may want to talk to your doctor before adding iodine regularly to your irrigator.

Keep in mind that iodine is used still today in many forms, and povidone iodine is a used to disinfect wounds, but it's my job to give you all the information so that you can make the choices you feel are right for you and your family.

Here is a link to order iodine

4. Once you finish those articles, decide which irrigator will work best for you and invest in one. It'll likely be one of the best investments you can make into your own oral health.

Till next time,