The Philips Blotting Technique

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About Dr. Joseph Phillips

Dr. Joseph Phillips was a periodontist (a specialist in gum disease). He also taught that gum disease, subsequent surgery and tooth loss were wholly unnecessary if the mouth was cared for properly.

By the late 1960’s Dr Phillips had developed the unique Blotting Brush and the associated method of cleaning: the Blotting Technique.

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The Blotting Brush

The Blotting Brush is designed with four rows of end-rounded textured bristles that have a capillary action that draws plaque and debris from gingival crevices.

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The Blotting Technique

The Blotting Technique lifts and holds plaque in the brush so that it can be removed.  Whereas brushing moves this plaque around the mouth and under the gums, the Blotting Technique is the only proven dental hygiene method that actually removes it from the mouth.

Its simplicity and inexpensiveness makes it understandable and affordable for everyone.

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This is the key to total oral health for a lifetime.

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Despite all the specialty toothpastes and mouthwashes available today, people still have gum disease, many without ever knowing it.

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“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.” Dr.  J.E. Phillips

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Using the Blotting Technique you will be able to clean 100% of your mouth – not just the 10% of your mouth taken up by your teeth.  You can even “floss” with this technique.

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Once you have purchased a Blotting Brush you are the proud owner

of the smallest and most effective health kit in the world.

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5 Natural Products You Could Be Using Right Now

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There have been many different cases in the news about toxic finds in products that are used every day. The side effects of these toxic chemicals – everything from formaldehyde to benzene – can be anything from a minor reaction like stomach sickness to cancer. It’s no wonder why so many people are pushing for more natural products. If you have been considering switching to a more natural lifestyle, there are plenty of products you could use. Here are five natural, healthy products that you could be using right now.

The Crystal Deodorant – One of the most common things that has been reported is the occurrence of carcinogens in deodorant. The easiest way to avoid cancer by your toiletries is to invest in some natural deodorant, such as Crystal Deodorants. Crystal deodorants use natural sea salt and essential oils to improve a person’s scent. It’s inexpensive, lasts a long time, and also doesn’t have the more dangerous chemicals that most commercial deodorants have. You can also make a similar deodorant from baking soda, sea salt, and essential oils.

Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent – Laundry detergent has a lot of problems when it’s based on harsh chemicals. For people with sensitive skin, they already know the way that detergents can cause rashes, acne, and even sneezing fits. Seventh Generation laundry detergent lets you have clean, spotless laundry without having to deal with the chemical residues. Best of all, it has a very fresh scent. Many people use Borax as laundry detergent, too. Borax is a much more natural way to wash your clothes than the chemically loaded detergents available for purchase in a grocery store.

Soap By A Wild Soap Bar – All natural, specially milled soap is a great way to keep clean, smell amazing, and also get skin that is smooth and clear. Many people don’t realize how much synthetic, chemical-filled soap can actually harm and irritate skin. Getting natural moisturizers from plants and other sources such as avocado, oatmeal, and olive oil is an excellent way to keep your body feeling amazing.

DIY Toothpaste – Toothpaste is often chock full of strange materials and chemicals, so making your own toothpaste is a quick and easy way to cut bills. Toothpaste that you can make yourself can be many different flavors, and also has the added advantage of being 100% natural. You can’t really have a better way to know whether or not something is natural than making it yourself.

DIY Facial Masks – During a nice leisurely day off, having some time to yourself might mean putting on a facial mask. Instead of shelling out tons of money for a mask that you get at the cosmetics counter, make your own with one of the many different recipes available on the net. Each mask recipe has a different effect on your skin, so make sure to find one that is made specifically for your skin type. After 10-15 minutes, simply wash it off and enjoy your naturally healthy glow!

What natural products do YOU use?

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Tooth Whitening

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Nothing says “Health” better than a vibrant smile.

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If you´re lucky enough to have one, it is a real asset you definitely want to protect.

And if yours is a bit less than perfect, you may want to consider taking advantage of cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of your teeth.

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Actually, it’s often more than just appearance:

The state of your mouth affects your overall health.

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One of the things you might be tempted to improve your smile is buying a tooth whitening kit and applying it on several occasions during the next week. The improvement will probably be instant – and gratifying – but you might be disappointed when the discolouration returns soon afterwards.

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When you then start to look at tooth cleaning kits, like 1.2 million other people do  EVERY MONTH,  you will probably surprised by the incredibly harsh chemicals used.

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And indeed you can find better  and more reliable methods.

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Whatever claims the product you are thinking of using makes, the facts are simple: your teeth can only be whitened successfully if they are clean and free of decay. Ignore this information and you may produce a very ‘uneven’ smile.  Hence my recommendation as a first step is having your teeth cleaned by a hygienist.

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You can attain great improvement in whitening your teeth by using oil pulling for about 6-8 weeks and finish off with your home made toothpaste (Chapter SIX) after every pulling session.

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There are several precautions you want to consider such as pregnancy, breastfeeding or smoking.

A good idea might be to check first with your dentist.

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Five Simple Steps to Maintain Healthy Gums and Teeth

Why is it that with all the technically advanced toothbrushes, toothpastes and mouthwashes available today, the incidence of gum disease and tooth decay is higher than ever before?

 
We even see young children suffering from gum disease.
 

 

WHY???

There are three main reasons

 

1. The food we eat today is so lacking in nutrients that we derive far less benefit from it then our ancestors. Carbonated drinks, juices (apple juice as a pH of only 2), sugary food, processed food and artificial sweeteners all add to this burden.

 

 

 

2. The daily cleaning habits are often insufficient in removing harmful bacteria from teeth, gums and tongue and do not reflect the need for a healthy mouth.

Toothpastes and mouthwashes  are not necessarily the most appropriate option for promoting oral health.

The modern methods ingrained into us through persistent marketing clearly haven’t been as effective as we are led to believe, especially with the overuse of chemicals.

 

3. Both 1 and 2 lead to an environment in your mouth that is more likely to be acidic then alkaline. And it´s only in an acidic mouth that harmful bacteria, that feed on sugars and carbohydrates, can thrive and infection starts.

 

 

 

Gum disease and Tooth decay are Infections!      

 

Mouth breathing, sinus problems, braces, acid reflux, bulimia and prescription drugs can increase acidity.

Bad breath might be a first sign the mouth gets too acidic. Other symptoms can be erosion of tooth enamel, discolouring of teeth and tooth sensitivity to cold and hot.

 

If someone in your family is suffering from gum disease or reoccurring tooth decay it is quite likely other family members have the same bacteria in their mouth as we pass them around.

 

Traditional cultures, the ones that haven´t converted to our so called civilised Western diet, hardly ever suffer from gum disease or tooth decay.

 

 

 

 

           The new era of prevention

 

To really keep your children´s and your own teeth sparkly white and healthy it is important to move beyond brushing, flossing and rinsing to a new standard of prevention.

Today prevention should first focus on changing the oral environment. The pH (acidic / alkaline level) of the mouth should be around 7 which mean it is alkaline.

This is achieved by using a totally different approach to oral health.

 

Your Whole Mouth Cleaning Programme

 

  1. Saliva check with pH testing paper
  2. Rinse with baking soda  for an alkaline mouth
  3. Clean your teeth, gums and tongue with your Blotting Brush
  4. Desinfect and store your Blotting Brush safely
  5. Add Xylitol and Probiotics to your diet

 

 

First the saliva pH needs to be tested and monitored over a period of at least five weeks and periodically afterwards. This is easily done with pH strips. To measure the pH of saliva fill a teaspoon with saliva and place a strip of the measuring paper in the liquid. After a few seconds remove the paper and read the pH by comparing the colour of the paper with the test strip provided. Always test at the same time of the day. I recommend straight after getting out of bed. Do not drink or eat for two hours before testing.

If the pH is below 7 it is even more important to follow the next steps to regain healthy alkaline saliva.

 

Second use an alkaline mouth rinse before start cleaning teeth. The most affordable way is using baking soda in a mix with luke warm water. Swished around your teeth for a minute will provide a highly alkaline environment.

 

Third is cleaning your teeth, gums and tongue.

According to research people in the U.S. spend an average of only 37 seconds brushing their teeth. You and your child can do better!

As long as your teeth and gums are healthy use any tooth brush you like but make sure it has a small head to reach every area. Electric tooth brushes especially the ultra-sonic ones are very effective.

Brushing without toothpaste allows your child to feel the bacterial biofilm before and after brushing, which is not possible when using toothpaste due to the flavour and wetting agents. Toothpaste makes the mouth feel clean even when it’s not. Dry brush first until the teeth feel clean and taste clean, then add toothpaste. Choose a toothpaste with as little as possible chemicals. Make sure it is flouride and sodium laureth sulphat free.

 

If your child already suffers from gum problems and / or tooth decay I recommend using  the Blotting Brush and Dr. Phillips Blotting Technique (for details see www.toothwizards.com). Blotting Brushes are used without toothpaste.

 

Now floss your teeth. The Blotting Brush can do this for you as well. Watch the video here

 

Flossing is followed by tongue scraping. The process of tongue cleaning removes millions of bacteria, decaying food debris, fungi, yeast (e.g. candida), and dead cells. This process is vital as 80-95% of bad breath originates from material at the back of the tongue. For best results gently scrape the surface of the tongue from the back to the front. Run the scraper under the tap after every scrape.

Watch www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFeb6YBftHE  for a funny and educational video clip.

 

Fourth. You need to clean your toothbrush after every use for at least 30 seconds with an antibacterial rinse such as Listerine original. Then rinse the bristles with water and store it head up allowing to dry. Keep your toothbrushes away from each other and never share toothbrushes! Change your toothbrushes regularly.

 

 

    Fifth. Introducing  Xylitol and Probiotics into your daily diet. Xylitol is a tooth friendly sugar, which         kills harmful bacteria in the mouth and has amazing benefits for teeth and general health. Xylitol comes in many different forms such as mints, gums, tooth paste, powder, granules or nasal spray. Look for products like those from Spry that are 100 percent xylitol-sweetened and available in health food stores or online.

Aim for five exposures of xylitol each day.

Most important to have Xylitol after each meal.

 

Oral probiotics (e.g EvoraKids) deliver millions of friendly bacteria to change the balance of bacteria in your mouth. Use them twice daily.

 

 

This  protocol is inexpensive, easy to follow, and, more importantly, you’ll notice a difference within a few days.

 

Also Check out www.toothwizards.com

 

Yours in healthy gums & teeth

 

Dr. Elmar Jung