Good-Gums Frequently Asked Questions
The color of Good-Gums® is from the natural coloration of the herbs and minerals. There’s no bleach added to remove those colors which might also remove the beneficial properties of the ingredients. It’s just unadulterated herbs and minerals, as described in the ingredients.
The ingredients of Good-Gums® contain parts of plants (such as leaves, bark, fruit pulp, skins and sap) that can start to decompose over time in a wet environment. So Good-Gums® is produced as a dry powder to help the ingredients retain their potency longer and be fresh until it is used.
The human species has evolved in the presence of substances that have been naturally occurring on our planet for millions of years, and our bodies have developed health-sustaining responses to many of these substances and have developed tolerances for many more. Human bodies have not evolved to handle substances synthesized in laboratories and introduced only decades ago. While a synthesized chemical may be likely to produce a specific desired response from our bodies, it also brings a likelihood of eventually producing undesired or unanticipated side-effects.
The cleansing properties of Good-Gums® can help clean your teeth and gums only when it is in contact with them, not after you’ve swallowed it. The nutritional supplementation properties may be absorbed both by the gums and also by the stomach and intestines, as all are mucous membranes with absorptive capabilities. While it is impractical to expect the gums to completely absorb the natural ingredients in the time normally devoted to oral care, it does make sense to allow the gums some exposure to them before swallowing, since the formula is intended to support healthy gum function*. Before swallowing you may spit out some of the liquid to dispose of debris that was loosened during the cleaning process, although it is not absolutely necessary.
The simplest way is to put a small amount in the clean, dry palm of your hand, and then to dip a moistened (but not wet) toothbrush into the powder. Use your brush’s bristles to spread the powder along the gum line for upper and lower teeth and for inner and outer surfaces. The powder will dissolve quickly into a thin liquid solution. That’s what you want. Try to avoid swallowing any of the solution until brushing is complete so that the solution will remain in the mouth for sustained contact with the teeth and gums. If using an electric toothbrush, gently guide it at an angle along the gum line; if using a manual brush, gently make about fifteen to twenty tiny brush strokes on each side of each tooth along the gum line.
Cleaning the gum margins at the sides of the teeth (interproximal surfaces) is at least as important as cleaning at the front and back of the teeth. Therefore, we should clean all around each tooth, which means using floss or an interdental cleaning brush as well as a toothbrush.
Yes you can, and many people do. But if you start off using Good-Gums® for brushing and you like the results, you might try incorporating Good-Gums® into your flossing or interdental cleaning habit to see if you like it even more.
How much you’ll want to do will depend largely on the condition of your teeth and gums. If you find yourself in good condition, you may just need to brush and floss correctly in order to maintain that condition. But for many of us, we’ve started becoming more aware of our teeth and gums after many years of haphazard attention. We need to use as many of the practices as necessary for optimal cleanliness and well being.
For brushing, drizzle out a line about 1-1/2″ long in the dry palm of a clean hand; spread this powder along all the gumline-top, bottom, inside and out-prior to brushing. For flossing or for interdental cleaning, tap out a spot of powder about the size of a pencil eraser for use on one-fourth of your mouth (e.g., upper-left, lower-left, upper-right or lower-right).
The first impression will be that it tastes somewhat salty. Underneath that you may notice complex, subtle flavors that have a green, botanical sensation. Typically Good-Gums® will stimulate significant salivation, which for some people adds richness to the taste.
For years, we at Good-Gums® have discontinued using toothpaste altogether; we didn’t see any benefit to spending the extra time and expense. It is important to avoid using toothpaste prior to using Good-Gums®. Feel with your tongue how your teeth and gums feel after brushing with Good-Gums® and then after brushing with conventional toothpaste. That thick feeling after toothpaste is a coating of residue that’s left behind. Some toothpastes even advertise the coating as if it were a virtue, sealing out heat or cold from sensitive gum tissues. (Of course, they’re also sealing out the beneficial effects of saliva.) The coating of toothpaste residue can also seal out the acid-neutralizing and cleansing ingredients of Good-Gums®, so we advise not using toothpaste either mixed in with or prior to brushing with Good-Gums®. We don’t see any harm in using toothpaste afterwards.
Using Good-Gums® does not preclude using whitening strips. Obviously they can’t be used at the same time. Not so obvious is that the bleaching solution in the strips tends to irritate the gums, so care should be taken to try to isolate contact only to the teeth enamel, and extra care should be given to the gum tissues that may accidentally get irritated by the strips.
It depends on how many oral care practices you use with it, and on the amount you use each time. People often get between a month-an-a-half to over two months from a bottle when brushing with it morning and night.