I've moved the discussion from the original Yahoo Groups to this location in order to attempt the categorization of discussion a little better. The purpose of the OraMedia site was to disseminate the works of Dr. Robert O. Nara (DDS)( see 'Freedom from Dental Disease' ). It would be best to become acquainted with some of his work and points of view on oral health before getting involved here. In addition, Dr. Nara wrote a couple of very popular books on the subject, 'Money by the Mouthful' and 'How to Become Dentally Self Sufficient.' At the very least, please read 'The 7 Factors Transcript,' which covers the 7 factors or principles Dr. Nara set up as guides for keeping our teeth healthy for life. This is a transcript of the last speech he gave with the National Health Federation in San Francisco, 1986, and covers the following:
1. Nutrition 2. Frame of Reference 3. Options 4. Knowledge 5. Understanding the biological balance 6. Taking Action 7. Money
The discussions, therefore, will be broken down into those categories, so if you are going to write about Vitamin D, as it relates to oral health, then post in the 'Nutrition' Subject thread and so on. This interface has a search function, so you are encouraged to use it, as time goes by, to see if your question to the group has already been covered. If you want to view the subjects in a given category, click on "Switch to Threaded Style" just below here.
I've read a number of the web pages, I've purchased the books in download form, and I've been reading them. No doubt there is much information I have not yet come to, but I believe I have understood a major component of Dr. Nara's approach to dental health:
 Regular irrigation of the space between and teeth and gums, below the gum line, is necessary to achieve results -- unless perhaps the gums are still in more or less perfect condition.
 This irrigation cannot be done without special equipment, at least in most cases. The special equipment is typified by the Viajet Pro and the Hydro Floss® Oral Irrigator, used with special tips intended for this particular purpose.
That this irrigation might aid in achieving what the general dental professions seems to claim as the main benefit of most of their treatments -- control of the gun disease -- seems reasonable enough.
That same dental profession says that the bone infection can never be really stopped, that lost bone cannot be restored, and that damaged gums cannot be repaired. Dr. Nara claims that the condition can be cleared (cured, or whatever term is appropriate) and that once that is accomplished, both bone and gums will grow back to some reasonable semblance of what they would have been had the disease never struck:
the pockets will close up, the teeth will become firm in the bone again.
This all sounds good, but (just taking one example) I once read a book that proclaimed anyone could live indefinitely, without growing physically old, just by cultivating the proper attitude. Questioning extraordinary claims is reasonable caution, and Dr. Nara's claims are extraordinary from the viewpoint of the information the dental profession provides to patients.
??Can anyone honestly report that they have achieved significant results in restored bone and/or gums, beyond what the main-line profession admits to?
To me, the irrigation requirement seem incredibly difficult to achieve. It might be possible to get a tiny tip into the proper space on the forward facing surface of some front teeth, without ripping the gum or destroying the device tip, but I find it hard to image being successful on the back teeth or on the back surface of most teeth. It is not the easily seen front teeth surfaces that have been identified as the problems in my recent exam.
??Are there many people here who can actually do this process on themselves with their own equipment?
The Hydra Floss product is significantly more expensive but it also offers more choices. If the Oramedia claims are valid, I will need to purchase something to do the job, but I am not thrilled by the idea of spending money on something that will not really work.
??Are there any widespread preferences of one over the other, or for any different product I may not have seen?