The Blotting Brush: What is it?
Originally developed in 1969 the Blotting Brush is generally smaller and has textured bristles that are thinner than those used in conventional brushes. The bristles are designed to go under the gumline and between the teeth to draw in plaque and particles of food using a capillary action in the bristles that draws plaque and debris from gum crevices. Complete with a retaining cover to protect and reform the bristles, it is recommended that each brush is only used for 2-3 weeks to maintain its performance.
If your teeth and gums are in especially poor condition to start with, use the brush for just 1-2 weeks. If they are in an exceptionally poor state, use each Blotting Brush for a few days before changing.
Dr. Phillips told his patients: “If you’ve got ’em, blot ’em”
At the renowned Munro-Hall Clinic in Bedford, England, they have developed a special treatment incorporating the Blotting Brush for patients with exceptionally challenging gum conditions.
What’s So Special About the Bristles?
Although the basic nylon bristle is used by many toothbrush manufacturers, the difference is that the Blotting Brush has a texturing process performed on the ends of the bristles which is what gives them their capillary action. The action is the drawing or pulling effect which helps remove plaque from the mouth in the blotting process, drawing it up into the brush and then allowing for its removal from the mouth, whether by sucking or rinsing. It is this capillary action which is the basic premise of the Blotting Technique. If you look at a Blotting Brush closely you can see the texturing.
Dr. Phillips’ patients described it as “the bristles with the split ends.”
You cannot draw plaque from your teeth and gums with a conventional toothbrush! This can only be achieved using the Blotting Brush. Once you’ve bought a Blotting Brush, you become the proud owner of the smallest, yet most effective gum health kit in the world..
Dr. Phillips’ granddaughter recently visited a dentist in Chicago. The dentist remarked that she had noticeably healthy gums to which she replied that her grandfather had been a dentist and developed a special brush which she still made use of. Looking after the gums in her family was second nature. In their conversation the dentist remarked that he had heard of Dr. Phillips and his brush, but that dentistry had moved forward in leaps and bounds since her grandfather’s time and they had all manner of equipment and procedures to deal with the problems of today, implying that Dr. Phillips’ techniques were dated.
Dr. Phillips’ granddaughter asked the dentist what the main problems were that he encountered. The dentist replied “deteriorating gums and tooth decay”. She smiled at him and said “so your training and equipment is specifically to fix problems rather than prevent them?” The dentist admitted that he couldn’t run a practice any other way as there was no money in prevention.”