Getting the most from Good-Gums
Good-Gums is truly unique in its ability to target problem areas in the mouth that need your attention. The formula is designed to be absorbed by the gums, putting back essential vitamins and minerals that are antimicrobial, counter the stickiness of plaque, soothe the gums, and neutralize the acidity favored by plaque.
What’s different about Good-Gums and why it works so well…
Most people use a conventional oral product like toothpaste – even though 80% of people still develop gum disease. Mass market products treat your mouth as if it were an inanimate area that needs to be scrubbed with chemical cleansers and abrasives of varying toxicity. Good-Gums treats your mouth as part of a living organism, that responds to the naturally sustaining nutrients that have supported human health for many millennia. Instead of cleaning with detergents and degreasers, you’ll be feeding the health of your living tissue with the power of nature.
Good-Gums is made differently. It works on oral conditions differently. And so it’s used a bit differently.
Take plaque as just one example. The conventional solution is lots of finely pulverized abrasives in toothpaste to grind off the plaque (even though the abrasives erode the enamel a bit each time you brush). So brushing used to be for working in the abrasive paste. The Good-Gums solution, on the other hand, is to expose plaque to a herbal ingredient that loosens bacteria’s grip, so that it can be brushed away by the toothbrush without resorting to abrasives. So now you’ll brush to massage the Good-Gums formula into the gum line and then flick away the loosened plaque.
Receding gums is another common issue. Individual gum cells die, the tissue contracts to the point of exposing the tooth root’s dentin below the enamel, and teeth become sensitive to hot or cold. The conventional solution is to put into toothpaste chemicals that temporarily plug up the open ends of the dentin, so that less hot or cold liquid can travel closer to the tooth’s nerve. So brushing used to be for working in toothpaste’s clotting ingredient. The Good-Gums solution is to have the gums directly absorb the nutrients that support the growth of healthy new gum cells, to stop the recession and to lead to the growth of new cells. So now you’ll brush to massage the Good-Gums formula into the gums.
Getting the most from Good-Gums
Oral care routine tip:
we recommend avoiding glycerin (found in toothpaste and most mouthwashes) altogether, but at least the 4 hours prior to using Good-Gums.
Most toothpastes coat your teeth and gums with an invisible film of glycerin, even after rinsing, which can inhibit your gum’s ability to absorb the nutrifying ingredients in Good-Gums. So get the most from those helpful herbs and marvelous minerals – leave your old toothpaste in the tube and switch to the product that works in harmony with your body.
HOW GOOD-GUMS IS APPLIED DIFFERENTLY
There are a variety of ways to use Good-Gums. Brushing with it is the most basic method, but adding additional oral care practices that are described further down this page will give you more accelerated results.
First, make sure your gums are bare when you apply Good-Gums. Don’t use any product containing glycerin during the four hours prior to applying it. Glycerin leaves a filmy coating on the teeth and gums that effectively prevents the gums from absorbing the Good-Gums solution. Rinsing doesn’t remove the film. Virtually all toothpastes and most mouthwashes contain glycerin. So don’t use them before using Good-Gums.
You don’t need stiff bristles to massage the Good-Gums formula into the gums, so stop using toothbrushes with medium or hard bristles. Instead, use a brush with soft bristles (or even better, with extra-soft bristles with rounded tips).
Give the bottle of Good-Gums a shake, flip open the cap, and tap into the palm of one hand about 1/8-teaspoon of the powder. That would be a small mound that would just cover a dime. Then touch some of the powder with a damp toothbrush; some will stick to the ends of the bristles. Spread the powder along one section (for example, along the lower left outer quadrant). As soon as the powder touches saliva, it will dissolve into a liquid solution, which the gums can absorb. Now with the liquid solution there along the gum line, you’re ready to brush that segment.
Angle the bristles about 45-degrees and slide some of the bristles between the collar of the gum and a tooth’s root. While some bristles are nestled there, move the head of the toothbrush in tiny circles (about 1/8-inch diameter), which will cause the tips of the bristles to wiggle in place. About 8 to 10 tiny circles for each tooth. You don’t need to slide the brush either left-and-right or up-and-down. You don’t need to scrub the gum line. You don’t need hard pressure. Just keep some bristles nestled between the collar of the gum and the tooth’s root. The vibrating bristles will massage the dissolved solution into the gums and will flick the loosened plaque away. Repeat for each tooth. When done with one section, use your toothbrush to pick up some more powder, and spread it along another section and repeat the process. When all sections of the gum line have been brushed, brush the enamel surfaces, and then spit out the solution which now contains bits of food, debris and loosened plaque. After brushing in the evening before bed, if you don’t rinse off the remaining Good-Gums solution, the gums will absorb a little more during the night.
USING AN Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes (e.g. Sonicare and similar.) usually come with the desirable soft or extra-soft bristles. As with the manual toothbrush, angle the brush about 45-degrees to nestle some bristles between the collar of the gum and a tooth’s root. Let the electric brush vibrate the bristles for you. Give each tooth a couple seconds of gentle vibration, even if that means running the brush for an extra cycle. Again, do not scrub with hard pressure; just let the vibrating bristles lightly nestle under the gum line with the dissolved Good-Gums, and let the wiggles or vibrations disrupt the biofilm of plaque. After brushing the gum line, softly brush the enamel surfaces.
Flossing with Good-Gums
If you’re like most people, flossing probably isn’t your most favorite thing to do, but flossing with Good-Gums really is hugely beneficial to your teeth and gums and takes your oral care practice to the next level.
The rubbing action of the floss is designed to scour the soft plaque from the sides of the teeth (where a toothbrush can’t reach) and literally shred the biofilm back into harmless disorganization.
- 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 remains in your mouth to do its work.
- Swirl it over the teeth and gums on one side, either top or bottom. Some people have tried to keep all of the solution for all of the mouth’s quadrants 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 tightly around one side of the tooth and rub it up and down so that it scrapes along the side of the tooth as far as you can all the way under the gums’ collar. 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).
Check out or blog ‘to floss or not to floss’ for extra information about flossing!
Especially if you have receding gums or if the condition of your teeth and gums are severe, then you can accelerate your progress by adding interdental cleaning to your oral hygiene routine, in addition to flossing. Its intent is similar to flossing, but it gets to some plaque and calculus that your floss can’t get to, and it is more effective at massaging the Good-Gums solution into the gums. You can find these straight brushes at almost any pharmacy or grocery store under the name interdental brushes or interproximal brushes or proxy brushes. They come in different widths, to accommodate the size of the gaps between your teeth. Using these brushes, in addition to brushing and flossing, can be so effective for gum recession. When the gums start to grow back, the wider brushes that once fit between teeth without difficulty might (over time) no longer fit between all your teeth, so for those spots you should switch to a thinner brush.
- Put a pinch of Good-Gums in your mouth, as you did when using floss, but this time 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.
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.
- Swirl it over any areas of particular concern and hold it there 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 more of 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. After brushing or flossing, the oral irrigator really helps to flush out any remaining residue and disperses the dissolved Good-Gums into hard to reach crevices. A supragingival irrigator can be expensive, but if you can afford one, it really is great for reaching areas you can’t get to with brushing and flossing alone.
If you decide to use one, add just a pinch of Good-Gums powder to the water container and ensure it’s completely dissolved before use, otherwise it may clog up the pump or nozzle. After each use, flush out the irrigator by running clean water through it.
2-IN-1 GOOD-GUMS – THE 100% NATURAL MOUTHWASH
Good-Gums can act as a powdered concentrate that becomes a potent liquid mouthwash or oral rinse when it dissolves in your mouth’s saliva. As soon as Good-Gums powder dissolves in your saliva, the ingredients activate releasing the soothing and healing power of nature. The vitamin-rich, saline neutral, formula goes to work straight away bathing your whole mouth in bacteria-fighting, gum-soothing and nutrifying liquid, cleansing your whole mouth, and supporting your body’s natural healing processes. Good-Gums contains no toxic or artificial ingredients that interfere with natural healing, so your gums can soothe, strengthen, and heal themselves naturally!
Here’s how to use Good-Gums 2-in-1 tooth & gum powder and mouthwash. Place a portion of the powder in your mouth (about half of what you’d use with your toothbrush). Feel the powder easily and quickly dissolve in your mouth’s saliva and enjoy the taste! Then gently swoosh the liquid around your whole mouth. You can almost feel the ingredients going to work, softening plaque, soothing irritation, helping your gums heal, nutrifying all of your mouth’s soft tissues and fortifying your gums with a huge dose of Vitamin C (but in a formula that buffers vitamin C’s acidity, thereby protecting your enamel). Take your time, about 2 minutes, then spit. This simple practice is very similar to “pulling”, but with dissolved Good-Gums instead of with oil.
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