Gum blotting – hack or whack?

March 28, 2017

I try out gum blotting with a specialist toothbrush and I ask, is it hack or whack?

Avid readers of my HalimaBobs blog will know that I am more than a bit scared of going to the dentist. It’s probably ingrained from a young age, where I felt that every trip would reveal a new problem for which my dentist had a painful solution that involved scraping, drilling, or prodding.

I’ve also developed a deep cynicism of dentistry, especially after I learnt just in the last couple of years that cavities can remineralise. A dentist told me this for the first time, after I spent a lifetime believing that once a hole is there, the only solution was to drill and fill.

So armed with this new insight, and being a sucker for any natural (read: pain-free) solution, I’ve recently been wising up what I can do, beyond just brushing, flossing, and cutting back on sugary snacks, to improve my oral health.

I recently bought a book called Cure Tooth Decay, which suggests that teeth can heal through nutrition (disclaimer – I’m still figuring out if there is some truth in this, or it’s a load of BS). And it was through this book that I heard about gum blotting.

Gum blotting 101

So to the uninitiated (probably most of you), here’s the 101. Gum blotting involves using an apparently specialist toothbrush to stimulate the gums with a tapping motion. You work through the entire gums, both inside and out, as well as pushing through the gaps in the teeth.

The idea is that the stimulation helps battle gum disease, while also lifting plaque from the teeth.

It looks kinda silly, plus the only available info on it is rather dated, or from websites selling the toothbrush (hmmm).

So anyway, I’ve been doing the blotting thang for a while now, and I wanted to share my honest thoughts. So watch my video to get my initial impressions.

Plus if you have an opinion on this either way, I’d love to hear it.


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