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Phillips blotting technique for teeth & gums

About a year ago I discovered Phillips blotting technique for properly cleaning your teeth and gums from plaque. I was so impressed with the results of this method, I wanted to write about how it’s done for a while now, but only now get a chance to focus on it fully.

Phillips blotting brush
Some may ask: “Why do I need Phillips blotting? I do regular oral cleaning and flossing, so wouldn’t it be redundant?” In order to answer this question fully, I would like to focus on what Phillips blotting technique is and how it is much better suited to be a complete oral health solution to any dental problem you may encounter.

blotting brush with thin bristlesFirst, to do Phillips blotting technique correctly, you need a special blotting brush (type in Google “blotting brush” to find a vendor) that is a little different then a regular tooth brush. It’s generally smaller and has textured bristles that are thinner then in a regular brush. The bristles are able to go under the gum line and between the teeth to absorb the plaque and food particles, like a  Swiffer Duster attracting dust to its charged fibers.

Next, you hold your blotting brush like a pen, not like a knife. Your elbow points down and close to your body. This technique enables you not to use so much pressure on teeth and gums when blotting, and also is more comfortable to use with blotting technique.

When we use Phillips blotting method, we don’t apply toothpaste or any other cleaning substances, or the bristles won’t be able to get the plague properly.

Next, the brushing motion. Unlike the conventional tooth brushing side-to-side, Phillips blotting technique uses an up-and-down motion, so the bristles get in between the teeth and under the gum line. The brush is held about 45° to the teeth and you brush down for lower teeth, or brush up for the upper teeth.

Use this method to clean the upper and lower teeth, inside and outside. After you covered all the teeth, it’s time to use the second blotting method to complete the cleaning.

Turn the toothbrush so it faces the opposite direction. Now the movement is from the gums to the end of your tooth with the same 45° ange, but instead of brushing up and down, you are tapping/hitting slightly.  So, you “tap” your teeth like that – the bristles of your tooth brush will go in between teeth to pick up whatever is left over by the first method. Rinse your brush with water once in a while to remove the plaque, until you finished cleaning both sides of your teeth using this “tapping” method.

Now, take your blotting brush and clean the dead skin cells on gums, the roof of your mouth and any food remains in your tongue.

This is it. I personally follow it up with brushing my teeth with regular toothbrush and Dr. Bronner’s bar soap to remove any leftover plaque but normally it’s not necessary.

From my experience, if you follow Phillips blotting protocol every day (morning and evening), you will eventually get rid of any tooth or gum disease without any medication or surgery. Spend no less then 5 minutes per session on cleaning your teeth and you will be fine. You can’t overdo it because the blotting brush is very soft.

Make Phillips blotting method your habit and I’m pretty sure you will never need to go to your dentist.


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