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My Perio Protect Journey, Part 3

I was at my Western Dental office again, this time to pick up my Perio Protect trays and get started on the road to perio health. My original anxiety was gone, replaced with anticipation about a new oral hygiene routine.

I arrived a few minutes late, but the front desk greeted me with a smile and asked me to check in at the kiosk. A few minutes later, Ben the hygienist welcomed me back.

Ben asked if I was glad to be picking up my trays. I suppose I was, but I could tell he was more excited, even though I was one of many Perio Protect patients that day. I guess if dental hygiene is your career, you’re going to be enthusiastic about any product that will improve the gum health of your patients. And any time a patient gets serious about oral hygiene, you’re going to give them your full support.

While I sat in the chair, Ben opened the box containing my trays, a large tube of Perio Gel, a small brush – and a compact case to hold it all. There they were, the upper and lower trays, custom fit to my teeth.

He handed them to me and asked me to place them on my teeth to check the fit. They were snug and comfortable (that was good), but they seemed to be a little rough in one area. Ben took them back to his station to gently smooth them out. After a couple of adjustments, they fit like a glove.

I received instructions on proper daily use: After brushing and flossing, squeeze a small amount of Perio Gel along the inside of the tray, then use the small Perio Brush to spread the gel evenly. Use only a small amount (a little goes a long way). Firmly place the trays on your teeth, and if the gel seems to overflow from the trays, you’ve used too much. I’d get the hang of it after a couple of uses. Ben told me to keep the trays in for about 10-15 minutes, twice a day to start, then I could go to once a day. I was to come back to the office after about a month, to check my progress.

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I’ve used Perio Protect for a couple of weeks now, and already notice a difference. In fact, each 15-minute Perio Protect treatment is like a trip to the hygienist! My teeth and gums feel squeaky clean, and the cool mint-flavored gel gives a pleasant tingling sensation. It’s a feeling that tells me I’m on my way to perfect gum health!

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How to choose the right Halloween candy
It’s October and time for Halloween! It's great fun for children, trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, collecting candy, coming home to admire their haul, and sometimes stockpiling it for months. But dentists aren’t nearly as enamored with Halloween, because they know the possible ramifications of eating candy: not only damage to the teeth and gums but also possibly to a child's overall health. You already know that having healthy teeth and gums has an impact that goes far beyond the mouth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, periodontal disease and infection, which can impact a patient's heart, lungs, and entire body. Dr. John Luther, Chief Dental Officer at Western Dental & Orthodontics, has five tips on candy for patients of all ages: 1. Choose candy carefully. Avoid hard candy, such as lollipops, and other sweets that stay in the mouth for a long time. These candies increase the risk for tooth decay. 2. Avoid chewy candy. Chewy, sticky treats, such as caramels or gummies, are particularly damaging as they are high in sugar, spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth, and are more difficult for saliva to break down. 3. Chocolate is preferable. Chocolate dissolves quickly in the mouth and can be eaten easily, decreasing the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth. 4. Eat Halloween candy only after mealtime. Parents should avoid letting their kids snack on candy throughout the day. Saliva production increases during meals, helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles. 5. Take preventive steps. Drinking water intermittently helps to keep the sugar from resting in the grooves of their teeth. And while you might be tired of hearing it, brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly before going to bed are crucial. By exercising good common sense, you’ll maintain a bright smile and healthy gums throughout the Halloween season and beyond. Happy Halloween!