Episode 014 | How To Get Rid of Gum Disease – The Blotting Brush


Hello and a very warm welcome to Episode 014 of Elmar’s Tooth Talk – The missing Link To Total Health. I am Dr Elmar Jung.

So, before we start, let me tell you What’s in it for you in this episode:

We talk about:

  • How you can eliminate gum disease
  • A Complete Mouth Cleaning System
  • The Blotting Brush
  • Why swallowing toothpaste can be deadly
  • Why Electric Toothbrushes are dangerous
  • How gum disease can affect other areas of your health
  • What gum disease has to do with pregnancy
  • What smoking does to your gum 
  • How to make your own toothpaste

Let’s start with how you can eliminate gum disease. Eliminating gum disease using a toothbrush and cleaning method you probably have never heard of. 

When I was first introduced to this method by my friends Graeme and Philipa Dinnen in 2007 I couldn’t believe I never heard of such a brilliant brush and technique. I am using the Blotting Brushes ever since.

This toothbrush and cleaning technique were developed in the late 1960’s by an American dentist specialised in gum disease. This rebel with a cause, how he was often called, was Dr Joseph Phillips.

Dr Phillips was always searching for ways to ease his patients suffering.

It is quite interesting how he came to develop his brushing technique and toothbrush. 

One day he watched a film about members of the Masai tribe who used twigs they picked in the wild, frayed the end of the stick and chewed the ends to clean their teeth.

Instead of thinking what a primitive method the tribe used he wondered how he could use a similar approach in his practice. He researched into the twig that was used which turned out to be from the Mustard tree. Using this same principle the tribe had used, he went about developing what is now the Blotting Brush. The Blotting Brush is different to normal toothbrushes because it has frayed nylon bristles. 

His patients upon using this brush noticed a reversal in their gum disease.

It is important to note that the Blotting Brush is used without toothpaste. 

Actually, you mustn’t use toothpaste because toothpaste would clog the frayed bristles and make the brush useless. The frayed bristles require cleaning in between cleaning. This you can do by either rinsing it under the tab or suck the toothbrush clean and swallow it or spit it out, depending on where you are. 

Added Benefit

An added benefit about the Blotting Brush is that you can use it whilst watching the TV or when you are sat in your garden, reading a book, you don’t have to be in the bathroom! You can clean your teeth on borrowed time.

The Dr Phillips Blotting Technique goes far beyond the traditional brushing and flossing routine and promotes a new standard of oral cleanliness that contributes to healthy teeth and gums and is a simple and cost effective method that is affordable to everyone and invaluable to those suffering from gum disease.

Dr. Phillips described his Blotting Technique as “a method of mouth care that actually removes plaque” and a key to total oral health “for a lifetime”. 

The big difference to normal tooth brushing according to Dr Phillip is that conventional brushing moves the plaque around the mouth and can even push plaque and debris under the gum line whereas the Blotting Technique removes it from the mouth. 

We call the Blotting Brushes Weapons of Plaque Destruction.

What is a Blotting Brush?

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 between the teeth to draw out plaque, debris and particles of food from the gum crevices. 

The Blotting Brush comes complete with a retaining cover to protect and reform the bristles, it is recommended that each brush is only used for about three weeks to maintain its performance.

If your teeth and gums are in 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 and clean it Hydrogen Peroxide after each use.

How does the Blotting Brush work?


The Blotting Brush has a textured process performed on the end of the bristles, almost like the bristles have ‘split ends’. Therefore, the technique itself is based on a capillary-like action which is the same principle as when a sponge soaks up liquid. 

This capillary action literally has a drawing or pulling effect which lifts and holds plaque in the brush so it can be removed either by sucking or rinsing. 

Dr. Phillips continues to say, no matter how well you clean your teeth using conventional brushing, your mouth can still remain 90% dirty. 

Since many people only spend an average of 45 seconds brushing their teeth and only their teeth, few people clean their WHOLE mouth, including their tongue, cheeks and gums. Since the teeth only occupy 10% of the surface of the mouth, what happens to the remaining 90%? 

Would you only wash 10% of your body in the shower?

Some families even share a brush!!

Especially if you suffer from gum disease or dislike toothpaste, as many children do, get yourself some Blotting Brushes and experience the amazing effects yourself. I prefer the Mini blot which is the smaller Blotting Brush because it makes it easier to reach the back areas of the mouth.

You can purchase the Blotting Brushes either from my website or from www.toothwizards.com.

It is very important you also watch Dr Phillips video clip where he explains exactly how to hold and how to use the brush. Do not start using the Blotting Brush before watching  the video clip 

When you first receive your Blotting Brushes there is a tendency to use them devoutly for the first few days and usually in your bathroom. After that, your enthusiasm wanes a little and before you know it you find you haven’t used them for a day or two. This is quite normal, and the reason for this is because your bathroom is not always the best place for you to blot’


Dr. Phillips used to say: If you’re going to stand in a bathroom and blot your teeth it’s ok for a few days but not after that. Do it on borrowed time! If you have healthy teeth and gums, use a toothbrush you are most comfortable with and make sure it has a small head”.

When suffering from any kind of tooth decay or gum disease we recommend you use Blotting Brush to help restore your gums back to health. Blot when you are not in a hurry, like when you are listening to the radio or watching the televison.

You can even access the spaces between the teeth just as you might as if you were flossing. The Blotting Technique lifts and holds plaque in the brush so that it can be removed.


A brief word on toothpaste. 

Toothpaste is not necessary even if you clean your teeth the conventional way. Yes, it gives a pleasant taste, but this does not say anything about how clean your teeth are after you finished cleaning them. It merely gives a nice taste and the feeling you did some kind of cleaning but not really indicating how good a job you actually did in removing plaque from your mouth. 

To check how good a job you did, get some plaque indicator tablets. Clean your teeth, chew one of the tablets, spit it out. Then have a look in the mirrors. The areas where the colour remains are the areas your brush should clean again.

Warning regarding toothpaste

Written on a box of a major brand fluoride toothpaste is the following:  Keep out of reach for children under the age of seven years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, get medical help or contact Poison Control Centre right away.

Young children have died from swallowing the content of a fluoride containing toothpaste.

Some brands have other ingredients detrimental to our health such as Sodium Laureth Sulphate, a foaming agent and detergent.

Sugar, yes sugar is a common ingredient. Think about it for once. A supposedly tooth decay-producing agent to sweeten the taste – obviously sweet sells better.

Artificial colouring as well as flavours, again for better taste but useless in terms of adding value to the cleaning purpose.

This is what Dr Phillips had to say about the Blotting Technique:

“Achieving and maintaining a healthy mouth is within the reach of everyone. With proper care through the Phillips Blotting Technique, you can expect to keep your teeth and gums decay and disease free for a lifetime. 

Cavities, uncomfortable dental cleanings, oral surgery and tooth loss can be avoided by using this simple, revolutionary technique. Despite all the specialty toothpastes and mouthwashes available today, people still have gum disease, many without ever knowing it

Since the 1960’s, the Phillips Blotting Technique has been effectively used to eliminate the causes of gum disease. Those who have been fortunate enough to use this unique dental hygiene program have enjoyed a lifetime of fresh breath, clean teeth and healthy gums. Even patients with severe gum disease have used this programme as an alternative to costly, painful surgery.”

Dr Joseph Phillips also said “No surgery has ever cured periodontal disease. Surgery shouldn’t be done until the mouth is entirely healthy; surgery being only a post healing reconstructive procedure”.      

I believe the Dr Phillips Blotting Brushes and the Dr Phillips Blotting Technique are still the most efficient method to clean your mouth that exists whether you use the Blotting Brushes to help prevent a deterioration in your gums before it occurs or to reverse an already established gum condition.

According to a report in the German magazine “Stern”, 80% of adult Germans suffer from some kind of gum disease. I would say that this holds true in the UK too and similar figures are known from other Western countries

Why is it that with all the technically advanced toothbrushes, toothpastes and mouthwashes available today, the incidence of gum disease and tooth decay is higher than ever before? 

From my experience I would conclude that in the end it boils down to the same reason we are hearing throughout the Elmar’s Tooth Talk:

Our diet, our nutrition and our lifestyle are the key players in this game.

Electric Toothbrushes are dangerous

If you are an enthusiastic user of electric toothbrushes here is what you need to know:

According to a research published in the Dental Material Journal, Japanese scientists found that electric toothbrushes induce electric currents in metallic objects such as metal fillings or metals worn around the neck, rings and even piercings with metal inserts. Their findings are rather alarming.

“Magnetic fields can represent a health problem, especially low frequency electromagnetic fields sometimes induced by electric current in metallic objects worn or used in or on the body (as opposed to high frequency electromagnetic fields that produce heat). Electric toothbrushes are widely used because of their convenience, but the electric motors that power them may produce electro-magnetic waves. In this study, we showed that electric toothbrushes generate low frequency (1–2000 Hz) magnetic fields and induce electric current in dental appliances (e.g. orthodontic and prosthetic appliances and dental implants). Current induced by electric toothbrushes might be dependent on the quantity and types of metals used, and the shape of the appliances. Furthermore, these induced currents in dental appliances could impact upon human oral health, producing pain an.

My German colleague and holistic dentist Dr Wolfgang Burk looked at the use of Ultrasound toothbrushes with a thermal imaging camera and his findings are even more bothersome. After only a short time the ultrasound toothbrush caused the temperature in the area it was used to drop significantly to a very unhealthy temperature similar to what the camera shows around dead or root treated teeth. 

And the effects are most likely even worse if you have any kind of metal in your mouth. Now imagine on top of this the frequencies from your mobile phone. 

So, the Blotting Brush is really your best bet. It is effective, affordable and free from side-effect.

Now let’s look into a different area of gum disease.

Namely how gum disease affects other areas of your health.


In recent years, dental professionals have accepted that infections in the mouth could impact the body elsewhere.  Back in 1998, the American Academy of Periodontology initiated a programme to inform and educate the public about their findings in this field.

It was originally believed that bacteria were the main culprit linking periodontal disease to infections in other parts of the body. Research evidenced a closer association between periodontal disease and chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Gum disease is influential for the progression of these systemic inflammation diseases.

Alzheimer’s itself, isn’t an inflammatory disease but may be triggered by inflammatory conditions. Treating inflammations in the teeth and gums can genuinely help with the reduction of inflammatory conditions elsewhere in the body.

There is plenty of scientific research to confirm the link between gum disease and cardiovascular conditions. For example, people under 55 years old have a 2 to 4 times greater risk of heart disease if they have indicators for gum disease, than those who do not. 

This is due to the bacteria and their toxins which transit from the gum pockets into the bloodstream and from there just anywhere in the body. They therefore compromise your immune system by causing inflammation. 

In 2009 scientists from the Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology at the University in Kiel, Germany, discovered a gene which is responsible for gum disease as well as heart disease which is exactly what Dr Phillips in 1960’s explained to his patients. 

When he made this claim back in the 1960’s the American Dental Association threatened him with revoking his licence if he didn’t stop spreading these wild claims! 


Pregnant women with periodontitis have up to seven times the risk of premature birth and underweight babies than gum disease-free women.

Gum disease can make it more difficult to conceive and should be considered as contributory

Even the prostate can be affected by gum disease.


Most people have a general appreciation that smoking can harm their health, especially the lungs. And it doesn’t matter whether this from a cigarette, a cigar, a pipe or from vaping. 

I actually believe that vaping is the worst form of smoking as it has many more chemicals than tabacco

Smoking is not just troublesome for your overall health it also weakens the periodontal ligament, thickens the gum and increases the risk of mouth cancer. It also reduces the blood flow in the mouth which results in a higher susceptibility for infection and delays healing following surgery. 

And smoker are more likely to suffer from bad breath. Obviously.  Imagine Kissing a smoker and in actual fact it feels like kissing an ashtray.

Companies since the 1930’s have used irradiated fertilizers making tobacco product radioactive

It is thus likely that healing and recovery will take longer after extractions, implant placements or any treatments that involve cutting or “damaging” your gums.

I’m not sure why it took the American Dental Association almost 30 years to come to the conclusion that cigar smokers experience tooth loss and jawbone loss at equal rates to those of cigarette smokers.

Smoking and Your Brain

Researchers from the Columbia college for Doctors and Surgeons in New York discovered in 2009 that gum disease can affect the brain function negatively. 

The inflammation in the body is a risk factor for the loss of mental function.  The research found that people with severe gum disease have a three times increased problem remembering words and the study also showed people who suffer from severe gum disease have twice as much difficulty in doing a subtraction.

Let’s leave this bloody business on a positive note.

If you still want to use toothpaste despite the brilliant Blotting Brushes, here is how you do it. 

Make your own toothpaste.

How to make your own toothpaste

The ingredients for your toothpaste are common ingredients that you probably already use in the household anyway.

The ingredients

You need baking soda, unrefined table salt, such as Himalayan salt, Celtic sea salt or and 3% hydrogen peroxide.

Why these ingredients?

Baking powder is very alkaline and thus supports a healthy oral flora. Because bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease love an acidic environment. This makes life difficult for them.

Salt has three advantages. On the one hand, it is very mildly abrasive and therefore good for removing plaque. When mixed with water, it becomes hypertonic and thus supports the production of saliva. And thirdly, salt has a firming effect on the gums.

Hydrogen peroxide brings oxygen into the mix and thus ensures that bacteria that prefer to live in an oxygen-free or low-oxygen environment, which most unpleasant bacteria do, are reduced. Hydrogen peroxide should only be used up to a maximum of 3% solution. Everything about it is too strong for internal use.

How do you mix your toothpaste?

Mix two teaspoons of baking powder and a pinch of salt with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in a cup into a thick paste and you’re good to go. Press the moistened toothbrush into the paste and…. Brush.

If you want, you can add vitamin C powder or essential oils.

And if all this is too much work for you, you can simply use cold-pressed organic coconut oil or go to your local health food store and buy a healthy toothpaste.

Okay, That’s it for today. Great to have you here and thanks for listening.

The next podcast has a very sweet topic. We discuss sugar.

 Until next time this is Elmar’s Tooth Talk – The Missing Link To Total Health.

Bye for now.

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18 replies
  1. Brenda Weightman
    Brenda Weightman says:

    Hi Doctor Elmar, this article is very interesting and I like the thought of making my own toothpaste. I looked on amazon to buy 3%hydrogen peroxide and some of the comments on the page seemed to say that it was very strong and shouldn’t be used daily. Can you reassure me that it would be ok to use this strength of peroxide daily if I make the toothpaste as per your instructions ? Many thanks .

  2. Bettina
    Bettina says:

    Can I reverse a root canal infection with this technique. I have seversntooht ache. I tried everything CDL, DSMO, colloidal silver. I don’t want my tooth get pulled out. Any chance I could manage it. Where can I buy the brush, or any other option ? Or should I go with the brass technique then ?
    What about this brush?
    REgards Bettina

    • Dr Elmar Jung
      Dr Elmar Jung says:

      Dear Bettina,
      Unfortunately, the Blotting Brushes are no longer manufactured and we sold all our brushes.
      I assume the tooth is dead. Then you have four options.
      1. leave it as is and hope for the best – not a good option
      2. take antibiotics – might help for a few days or weeks but does not get rid of the root cause
      3. root canal – best solution from a mainstream dental point of view – to which I disagree
      4. extraction – rather drastic, however if health is your main goal this is the most sensible option

      Best wishes

      • Viola
        Viola says:

        I agree. But with an extraction com new issues. For example loss of bone etc. This happened to me. I had an extraction before a root canal. Now I have structure/bone loss. I cannot even have implants as in a couple of spaces isn’t enough bone. Teeth are very individual and different for everyone. I use an electric brush (I know you say they are dangerous), but it’s the only brush that goes behind my back teeth. And I use a stick brush also from a tree. Can’t stand oil pulling. And I do not use fluoride!

        • Dr Elmar Jung
          Dr Elmar Jung says:

          Hi Viola,
          Thank you for your comment.
          With our extraction technic, using Plasma from the patient’s own blood, we see very little bone loss.
          It is only the ultra-sound toothbrushes I have seen the thermal image that looks disturbing. I don’t think that normal electric toothbrushes are causing the same challenges.

  3. Muli
    Muli says:

    Hi Elmar,
    Do you have a link to Dr. Wolfgang Burk’s research on checking an ultrasound toothbrush with thermal camera?

    Thank you

  4. Jonathan Isaia
    Jonathan Isaia says:

    Hi Elmar

    do you recommend teeth cleaning by a hygienist as I have been told it needs to be done due to bad gum disease or would using a blotting brush suffice?

    • Dr Elmar Jung
      Dr Elmar Jung says:

      Hi Jonathan,
      That’s a challenging question without seeing the situation in your mouth.
      If you have some calculus build up, a visit at the hygienist is a good start. The removal of calculus is ideally followed by ozone treatment where the gum is inflamed and a natural daily mouthwash.
      Diet, Life style and you oral hygiene regime also play an important role as well as your bite situation, tongue positioning and breathing.

      All these areas require examination to evaluate what is actually causing your gum to be in the condition it is.


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