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Reversing Gum Disease Naturally: A Holistic Home Care Program Paperback – April 11, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0471222309 ISBN-10: 0471222305 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471222305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471222309
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Reversing Gum Disease Naturally presents techniques and information so that you can reverse already unhealthy states in your mouth or prevent the onset of gum disease. Sandra Senzon enhances patients’ oral health through traditional as well as holistic methods."
––Barry Musikant, D.M.D.

"This book allows the patient to be an active participant along with healthcare professionals."
––Jay P. Goldsmith, D.M.D.

"There is a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel for all those who suffer from gum disease. We ultimately don’t have to lose our natural teeth. Sandra Senzon shows us the many ways in which the mouth is connected to the body, and how, with the use of natural herbal products and proper mechanic techniques, you can reverse gum disease naturally."
––Joseph P. Green, D.O.S.

Gum disease is the #1 oral health issue for Americans today–and simply brushing and flossing are not enough to avoid it. In this unique book, registered dental hygienist Sandra Senzon reveals how you can prevent and reverse gum disease through natural treatments. You’ll get a new and broader understanding of your mouth as Senzon explains the causes of gum disease, along with the roles that stress, diet, and certain conditions such as diabetes can play in the onset of the disease. She shows you how to work with holistic products, set up an at-home hygiene center, and find the right professional to guide you in the natural reversal of gum disease. There’s even a section for parents on how to help children practice good oral hygiene. Packed with expert tips and motivational strategies, Reversing Gum Disease Naturally will enable you to keep your gums and your teeth healthy and strong.

About the Author

SANDRA SENZON, R.D.H., is an entrepreneur and author as well as a dental hygiene professional. In 1989, she created The Tooth Spa as a "softer" approach to the dental office and dental hygiene. Senzon writes, hosts, and produces a weekly cable television show advancing dental hygiene and oral care called The Tooth Fairy show. She has lectured before state and local hygiene associations and is the author of The Hygiene Professional.

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Customer Reviews

Very informative book.
K. Boyce
Every chapter in this book is full of helpful information that I have found has helped me greatly to take care of my gums at home BETWEEN dental visits.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to prevent or treat gum disease.
J. Stevenson

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read The Oral Health Bible before reading this book, so already knew quite a bit about gum disease, its causes, and its potential negative impacts to the entire body.

The author of this book starts off by discussing, at length, how gum disease begins and progresses, why most oral health care products on the market can make the problem worse, and how taking a holistic and natural approach to oral hygiene can help save your teeth and gums. She even suggests finding a dentist or hygienist who will take the time to use natural products during your teeth cleanings.

Not unlike The Oral Health Bible, the author recommends natural products and supplements to help us care for our teeth and body. I take many of the recommended supplements now, and started using all-natural toothpaste and mouthwash and have noticed a dramatic improvement in every aspect of my own oral health.

The take-aways for me after reading this book: how to improve my flossing technique (I had no idea there was a "wrong" way before reading this book), and how to really enjoy the oral care process.

The author touts a home care spa concept which, when put to practice, is really quite a lovely experience. As suggested by the author, morning and night I lay out all of the tools I will use to care for my mouth, and then I turn my bathroom radio on NPR, the classical station or plug my iPod into the stereo. Although my oral care regimen takes longer now than it did before I started reading books on oral care, the process is enjoyable because I see it as a time to do something good for myself at the start and end of every day, and I can listen to the day's events or some good tunes while I do so. ;)

The book is a soft touch to a scary subject.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By J. Stevenson on May 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book written by a very dedicated dental hygienist who does her best to impart her years of acquired wisdom, so that we can take responsibility for our dental health and protect our teeth. The author teaches us that most people lose teeth as they get older, not because of tooth decay, but rather because of gum disease.
She explains what happens and why, and goes on to teach us how to look after our gums, whether they are currently good, or in bad shape. She show us how to set up an at-home hygiene center for looking after our gums.
This book contains lots of very useful information, not just from an understanding viewpoint, but from a practical self treatment viewpoint as well.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to prevent or treat gum disease.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Fusha on May 13, 2005
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The book has good tips and info that I found helpful reminders I already knew but needed to be refeshed about them I realized. A few things mentioned in the book I found worthy of pen highlighting. However, from the reviews I thought it to have something very outstanding I or most people wouldn't normally or have never known/heard about. Maybe perhaps too on a deeper level this is what I and many others are looking for...a miracle. Perhaps I have to be a bit realistic as well. I think for others who are totally new might find this book enlightening and helpful guide. Having been familar with Perio process first hand, natural heatlth remedies, and veganism...I didn't find the book all that unique or earth shattering. It is a nice, straightforward, primer/overview of some basic things. It is good too for those new to Perio issues that it offers chapter on what happens with a Perio exam what to expect...and so forth. The book explains also what, how, and why gum disease starts. It has a tooth chart but not very helpfull for me in that I would have appreciated an actual mouth drawing like the lay person is familiar with...even having Perio experience first hand doesn't make me an instant dentist. On earlier pages there is a whole run down as to what tooth relates to what parts of the body. However, there is no reference to the fact that a tooth chart exists later on. In fact, the earlier run down has the number and technical name of each tooth..yet not very helpful to the lay person if there is not a useful visual to refer to that corresponds to the numbers and technical names easily. In other words "Tooth Chart for Dummies". The book offers consistant mention of foods that are good for the health of the gums and so forth. It also makes reference to illness and life changes that may involve gum disease...and again it takes the time to mention foods, supplements that can help. The standard mention of the maintainance of good diet, excercise, and such is in the book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Karen Gurney on October 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I was seeking alternatives to scaling and root planing. The title called "Reversing Gum Disease Naturally" suggests to me that invasive procedures by a dentist would not be necessary. That is the information I was seeking. However on Page 18 she says if you have been diagnosed with pockets of 4mm or deeper, a prerequisite for gum disease, you must get scaling and root planing but that manual cleaning (versus laser) and the use of oil of oregano (a natural antibiotic) is better. She does not really say why laser is not good. Based on the theme of the book, I would guess it is because the gum may not reattach as well? So, I guess it depends what you are looking for and how you read the title. I think the title should be "At Home Care Following Holistic Periodontal Root Planing and Scaling." That would match what this book is. I have no way to judge whether the methods in this book work or not yet. I am pursuing a three month method based on further investigation through google and amazon. I am opting the periogen cleanse with the waterpik first. I will couple that with an oil of oregano rub with a rubber massage instrument. Update following in a few months or sooner.
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