Brushing is the Primary Use of Good-Gums
It's simple! Use Good-Gums alone, not with any toothpaste, as the glycerin in the paste coats the teeth and gums with a film that blocks the action of Good-Gums. Tap into your palm enough powder to just cover a dime. Use a moistened (not wet) toothbrush to spread the powder along the gum line, where it will dissolve into a liquid. Then you’re ready to brush. Brush as normal, as directed by your dentist. Hold the liquid in your mouth for a few seconds, then spit out. Do not rinse.
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1. Start with the gumline, then the teeth.
2. Do not rinse; Good-Gums is safe to ingest.
If you’re using an electric toothbrush (e.g., Sonicare, et al.), angle the brush at 45-degrees so that the bristles just nestle into the gum line and gently let the vibrating bristles loosen any plaque. If you’re using a manual toothbrush, angle the bristles at 45-degrees and gently move the toothbrush’s head in tiny circles so that the tips of the bristles just wiggle at the gum line, and not slide left-and-right or up-and-down.
Take your time when you’re trying to overcome gum problems. For a manual toothbrush, each tooth should get about 15 to 20 gentle wiggles; for an electric toothbrush, each tooth should get a couple seconds of gentle vibration, even if that means running the brush for an extra cycle. Do not scrub with hard pressure, as that could irritate the gums. Just let the vibrating bristles lightly nestle under the gumline with the dissolved Good-Gums, and let the wiggles or vibrations disrupt the biofilm of plaque.
After brushing the gum line, brush the enamel surfaces. Brushing in this way will clean the teeth and apply Good-Gums to the gum line.
Additional Ways of Using Good-Gums for Rapid Results
Flossing with Good-Gums
The rubbing action of the floss is designed to scour the soft plaque from the sides of the teeth and to shred the biofilm back into harmless disorganization. A dissolved solution of Good-Gums helps and carries some of the dissolved Good-Gums under the side gum margins.
The way to floss with Good-Gums is to put a very small pinch of the powder in your mouth where it will dissolve in saliva. Even though the salty flavor may tempt you to swallow, and it’s perfectly safe to do so, resist the inclination so that the solution can work in your mouth.
Swirl it over the teeth and gums on one side, either top or bottom. Some people have tried to keep all of the solution between their teeth as they floss, but that’s not necessary and can lead to dribbling. Let the solution fall back in your mouth and floss on the teeth that have been swirled. If they dry out, simply close your mouth and swirl again. Gently move the floss between the teeth until it nestles against one tooth right up under the gum margin, which is a prime location for plaque to start and gum infection to take hold. Wrap the floss around the tooth and rub with the floss so that it scrapes along the side of the tooth. Repeat for each tooth on that side of the mouth. Take another pinch of Good-Gums for the other side of the mouth, and then repeat the process, and then again for the lowers (or the uppers).
If the condition of your teeth and gums are severe, then you can accelerate your healing by adding interdental cleaning to your oral hygiene routine, in addition to flossing. Its intent is similar to flossing, but it gets some plaque and calculus that your floss does not. As with the floss, put a pinch of Good-Gums in your mouth, but instead of using floss, slide an interdental brush (i.e., interproximal brush) between your teeth at the gum line. Gently use the bristles to massage the gums between the teeth, while the bristles flick away plaque on the sides of the teeth. (You can find interdental bushes at any pharmacy or grocery store. I used to use an Oral-B brand, but after a while my gums grew back so much that the brush wouldn’t fit between most of my teeth, so I switched to the much thinner Soft-Picks). As with floss, use a new pinch of Good-Gums for each quadrant (e.g., top-right or bottom-left) and let the dissolved liquid penetrate into the folds and crevices.
Rinse and Soak
A good way to use Good-Gums is to let it sink into the tissues, folds, and crevices for a longer amount of time than the incidental exposure from the above steps. Put some Good-Gums into your mouth and let it dissolve. Then swirl it over any areas of particular concern and hold it to let the liquid cover the problem area. Gum tissues do absorb quite readily, so let the Good-Gums stay there for a few minutes.
For any particularly sore spots, you can use a clean finger to massage the dissolved Good-Gums right over the area of gum tissue that’s inflamed. Manual massage both increases the blood flow to the area (which brings more immune system cells to the site of the infection), and helps the Good-Gums penetrate the tissue.
“Supragingival” means “above the gums,” and this means using an oral irrigator with a wand and tube connected to a low-powered water pump (e.g. Hydrofloss or Waterpik) to squirt liquid onto the gum line and between the teeth. The oral irrigator flushes out some remaining residue above the gum line, and disperses the dissolved Good-Gums into crevices. A supragingival irrigator can be expensive, but if you can afford one, it does affect areas that are hard to reach by brushing and flossing. If you decide to use one, add very little Good-Gums powder, or there could be undissolved solids to clog up the pump or nozzle. After each use, flush out the irrigator by running clean water through it.