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Oral and Gum Health Care

  • Published: 2009-03-26 (Revised/Updated 2013-06-16) : Author: Graeme Dinnen
  • Synopsis: Blotting Technique is the only proven dental hygiene method that actually removes plaque from the mouth.

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"Plaque is the sticky, white substance that forms on teeth, between them and in the area between the teeth and gums, called the sulcus."

No surgery has ever cured periodontal disease. Surgery shouldn't be done until the mouth is healthy; surgery being only a post healing reconstructive procedure.

There's not much information out there that gives people a choice on how to care for their mouths. There's brushing and flossing and a million different kind of brushes and toothpastes and flosses with which to do this, which brings us back to the basic brushing and flossing. Bearing in mind that 90% of all adults in the Western world suffer from some sort of gum disease (yes, children too), and most people over 60 have no teeth at all, is brushing and flossing the answer

Dr. J.E. Phillips, who pioneered and lectured worldwide on the blotting technique gave us a choice. His technique is a proven effective, simple and inexpensive method of total oral home health care that can correct and prevent a modern day epidemic - gum disease.

It also helps remove plaque. Plaque is the sticky, white substance that forms on teeth, between them and in the area between the teeth and gums, called the sulcus. Quite simply, plaque is the cause of dental disease. Regular brushing just moves this plaque around the mouth and under the gums, whereas the Blotting Technique is the only proven dental hygiene method that actually removes it from the mouth. This is the key to total oral health for a lifetime.

The technique is based on capillary action; that is the principle at work when a sponge soaks up liquid or when paint is drawn up into the bristles of a brush. Capillary action lifts and holds plaque in the brush so that it can be removed. Of course, no matter how well you have cleaned the teeth, your mouth still remains 90% dirty, as teeth occupy on 10% of the surface of your mouth, so it is just as important to clean the gums, cheeks, roof, floor and tongue as well. Learn how to eliminate bad breath without mouthwash.

The Blotting Technique achieves all of this and more.If your dentist says "you have to brush more because you have plaque on your teeth" and the next time you see him he says "you have to brush still more and floss more because your gums are bleeding" and he suggests that you see the hygienist more often for cleaning your teeth, you will soon be a candidate for deep curettage and periodontal (gum) surgery.

Frequent brushing and flossing, cleaning by the hygienist and gum surgery never cure periodontal disease. As time goes on this leads to more curettage and surgery, and eventually, extraction of the teeth. The truth of the matter is that brushing and flossing can cause periodontal disease. Cleaning under the gums daily will keep the disease from getting started and, in most cases, will heal the gums. By using a special bristled brush with much the same texture as a paint brush, it can draw plaque from underneath the gum and heal gum disease in over 98% of the cases. This will also keep the gum disease from recurring.

Dr Phillips also told his patients "if you want to see what brushing does, just lay a rug on a dirty kitchen floor and brush or sweep around and onto the rug and when you lift the rug up, you will see that most of the dirt is packed at the edge of the rug." The same thing happens when your brush you teeth. The sulcus (the groove between the gum and the tooth) is always the dirtiest after brushing. You should not brush your teeth unless you can clean the sulcus out afterwards. By the way, brushing is only for cosmetics. As dentistry has insisted that people brush more, periodontal disease has attacked much younger people with gingivitis (bleeding gums). This is the precursor to periodontal disease (pyorrhea).If you use the Blotting Brush to clean under the gum plus the entire mouth, you will have a healthy mouth and a pleasant breath.

Reference: Graeme Dinnen had the pleasure of several discussions on the subject of oral hygiene with Dr Phillips before his death. Dr Phillips was a legend in oral health and left such an important legacy. This article conveys sufficient information to empower you in this field. His Blotting Brushes are still available at

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