89 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2009
After two years in Alaska bush with no dental care I had a problem tooth with major bone loss. The worst kind of perio problem. It was pull it or hope the perio infection wouldn't flare again. Since the dentist, including specialists, offered no option other than pulling the tooth, I did research on alternative health care sites. I found a list of herbal items that would help. I started shopping for everything on the list planning to make my own concoction.
Then I found Dr. Katz's periotherapy and guess what? Everything on the list was in it. A year later my tooth has had no more infection. The most recent dental x-rays actually showed improvement. I can't explain that since supposedly the hole shouldn't be filling in but it did a bit.
Anyway, it's cheaper than the alternative (bridges or whatever) and I can say it is doing the job well.
(As an aside, Alaska is a wonderful, magnificent place to live despite the lack of dentists. If you get a chance, go. The dark of the winter is offset by the 24 hours of sunlight in the summer. And the scenery. Incredible.)
69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2010
If you are looking for minty-fresh or fizzy, this isn't what you seek, but if you want to take a good shot at fixing your troubled gums yourself, this is worth it.
I had one area of my mouth where gum loss was apparent - the gum had receded upwards leaving an evident "hole" next to the top of the tooth where gum should be. Trying different things, I'd coax it back down, but it would recede again. The two teeth in the area were getting wiggly too. Recently a swelling had appeared high over the tooth, initially not painful, but getting tender-er as it grew. I also developed something like a scab on the gum touching the tooth, perhaps gum disease, perhaps a small injury as the result of me doing too much brushing and disturbing the area further.
I had been trying different things as a fix (a spinning Oral-B plaque-remover, a Sonicare brush, swishing w/ hydrogen peroxide, applying Neosporin to the spot before bed, not recommended since it's not for oral use but I was getting desperate). Nothing worked long term. I ordered the kit containing this mouthwash, a tube of the gel cleaner, trays, and floss.
THIS was what I needed- something that worked AND encouraged regular use. Unlike my home-grown attempts, I used the kit with regularity and confidence. I have used only the mouthwash and toothgel and floss, and have not yet used the trays. (Not much floss was provided, so I have used regular floss too.)
Within a week and a half I could see a difference. My gum is back in place (no hole) and the swelling above is going down. The teeth in the vicinity are more firmly rooted. My mouth stays clean-feeling long after brushing and swishing. It's not "minty fresh" but there's an obvious lack of scuzz on the teeth for a long period of time, longer than with regular toothpaste and mouthwash, even after eating. I swish with the mouthwash anytime I think of it. The toothgel also has done a fine job of getting off some old tartar on the back of my bottom front teeth (a problem spot for me since childhood) that nothing else would remove, even the high tech brushes. Perhaps the combination of the brushes with this gel is a winner.
Like other users, during the transition, I developed a funky taste in my mouth that made even plain water taste icky, but that seems to have passed, lasting only maybe 4-5 days.
Another reviewer complained about this product tasting like dishwater and having no fizz- apparently expecting it would be like hydrogen peroxide, maybe because of the "perio" part of the name. It is not hydrogen peroxide and makes no claims of fizz. It is a little boring tasting. But you know what? Minty fresh paste and fizzy stuff wasn't fixing my gums like this stuff is. I'm enough of a grown-up to pass by the pleasure of taste and the gratification of fizz for something that actually works. If you need the strong mint taste, then brush once a day with the old stuff and be happy, or chew some Xylitol mint gum, but make this your mainstay.
My routine now is to swish with hydrogen peroxide, brush with PerioTherapy gel, rinse with PerioTherapy mouthwash. I do this three times daily and floss once or twice. Six or eight minutes a day is not a lot of hassle for healthy teeth and gums.
Today I'm re-ordering the mouthwash and if there's changes in the effectiveness in the future, I will gladly come back and edit this review, but for now I'm very satisfied. If you have gum issues and want to try to fix them without chancing a dental visit that could lead to more than you are ready to do, by all means give the kit a fair trial. Once you've done that and established that it works for you, you can re-order the components as needed to maintain the results.
[Ingredients: Purified water, PeriO2 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), Zinc gluconate, sodium bicarbonate, tea tree oil, essential oil of spearmint, citric acid, sodium benzoate, PEG 40, hydrogenated castor oil.]
Addendum, Dec 2011: I still think this is a good product but in the interest of honesty I have to add more information. Instead of being chicken, I should have gone to a dentist and gotten a real diagnosis. Self-treatment without professional diagnosis can be dangerous. It turns out I have somewhat advanced gum disease. The use of the product did not cause it, and may have slowed it, or maybe even covered it up for a while. I had no clue what was wrong until a slightly wiggly tooth got more wiggly and made me get to a dentist, who has sent me on to a periodontist for a series of stuff that will include cleanings and extractions. The puffy lump over the tooth was infection moving into the gum, and over time it has destroyed some bone so the tooth has nothing to cling to now. I was probably too far along for any product to save me.
I've learned that a lot of things can factor into gum disease, and poor oral hygiene is not always the cause. I have darn near flawless teeth and brushed and flossed and gargled more than most people so it blew me away to get this. My dentist has said of mouth care "It will become your new religion" and indeed it has because once you have gum disease it lurks and tries to come back. I will be getting professional cleanings 3-4 times a year. Every night in front of TV I am flossing, using tiny in-between brushes, rubber picks. Every morning I get up and water pic. I swish with Plax and brush after every meal or snack and usually water pic too. I am consuming lots of Xylitol (gum and mints and in toothpaste) and using Biotene PBF formula. The layman's explanation is that Xylitol is a sugar the bacteria in your mouth will consume, but they can't digest it so theoretically it starves them. Biotene PBF and Plax both focus on getting rid of plaque or "bio film" and we are going to hear more about this in time to come. Nutshell version is that there is a difference between free-floating bacteria and bacteria that has settled down in a single spot and become bio film or plaque. Bio film happens in your mouth when the bacteria is setting up housekeeping on a solid surface, like a tooth. Once that happens the bacteria gets sophisticated and begins to work together, and actually communicate, changing how it behaves and making it more destructive. The scientists call it "quorum sensing" and it's a little scary such small idiot creepies can do this anywhere, let alone in your mouth. Oh- and you can give gum disease to your spouse, or get it from them too.
I have been on the other side of the fence where you say "For Pete's sake, how much time do you want to spend on this?" My answer is "Whatever it takes so I get to keep my teeth."
So yes, I believe this is a good product, but be sure not to substitute it for getting real cleanings and getting the input of a professional.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2011
I think this works. I've been having problems with receeding gums and a few pockets that were worrisome. I started using the rinse and the PerioTherepy toothpaste regularly and got an improved evaluation from my dentist. When I ran out of both products I went back to my old toothpaste because I didn't want to order online. But the next check-up at the dentist (I go every 3 months) was worrisome so I switched back to PerioTherapy. After about three months of using it my gums were stable and appeared healthier at my next check-up.
The only problem is that it makes food taste funny for a few weeks when you start to use it. I brushed my teeth a few times with baking soda and that seemed to help reduce the wierd taste in my mouth. It will go away, I never have it now after using it regularly. My husband, however, refused to continue with it because of this unpleasant effect. I think it's worth it, but be aware.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2014
Brushing my teeth with this daily has made an amazing improvement in the health of my teeth. I am over 50 years old and have over a dozen crowns and have had to have one root canal. The adjacent tooth was feeling painful when pressure was applied while chewing, just like the one that required a root canal before it was treated. After using this product for a few weeks, NO MORE PAIN WHILE CHEWING. I still can feel a little sensitive with lots of pressure put on it, but I got real relief. I can only assume from these results that this product cut down on the bacteria, etc. in my mouth and made a difference. My teeth get sore if I eat too much sweets, sugar or candy and this product helps to get things back under control again. Works for me - I am not getting another root canal until I have to.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2014
It's been about 2 weeks now since I've been using this product. It is awesome! I had this problematic spot in the front bottom part of mouth (a weird disgusting, sensitive pocket) and I kept feeling like, at some point, my front right bottom tooth would fall out! It was beginning to come loose from my receding gums (and a horrible receding gum surgery I received several years ago, which I am convinced made my gums worse).
After using this mouthwash, it feels like it has not only cleaned out that gross little pocket, but it has stopped my gums from hurting, bleeding, and overall being gross. My morning breath, and my breath in general, has also improved significantly (and I mean significantly). That wasn't really my goal with buying this stuff (I was hoping it would help my gums), but that was a nice surprise. I definitely plan to buy another container after this one is empty.
Some previous reviewers said it tastes gross - I don't think it tastes like much of anything to be honest. You get a hint of the tea tree oil (yep, that's one of the ingredients), but it mostly tastes like water. I didn't think this stuff would work that quickly, but overall, I am really impressed with it.