NOTE: there is some medical evidence that heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other aging problems, have their genesis with gum disease. It has been said that the same bacteria and plaque associcated with heart disease, is the same one associated with gum disease. Look it up for yourself if you don't believe me.
In 1974 I attended a brand new school in Goleta, CA named Maharishi International University. The founder of this school, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, among other things, had asked a certain dentist who practiced his skills in the local area to come and speak to the students at the start of each quarter about the extreme importance of cleaning a usually neglected area of the human mouth: the little hard-to-reach ditch which encircles each tooth 360 degrees, created by the tooth-gum junction; aka, the periodontal area.
Most people only brush their teeth. Or they partially floss using the conventional method, which is inferior. They don't thoroughly clean the little ditch of filth that lies between the gums and each tooth in its full 360 degrees. My two methods, new-floss1 and new-floss2 together clean this area completely.
A bleeding gum is usually as minor an injury as a bleeding finger. A bleeding gum should heal as quickly as a bleeding finger - maybe in one to three days, maybe even sooner. We don't normally spend $10,000 on a bleeding finger. So let's try not to spend $10,000 on bleeding gums. If this area has been neglected for years, it may take a few weeks to heal completely, especially if there are loose teeth, etc., etc.
THE TEST: If bleeding occurs during flossing, we have what is called, "gum disease". If we cut our finger, do we call it "finger disease"? This is so crazy. So let's not prolong the healing process.
I must admit that the flossing techniques that all dentists have tried to impart to me over the decades of my life, even in 1974 in Goleta, are somewhat inferior to what I personally came up with around 1998 (New Floss 1 technique).
Later around 2015, after spending even more money on dental work, I came up with New Floss 2 as well. New Floss 1 and New Floss 2 together overlap a bit, and provide more than 100% coverage of the periodontal area of all the teeth in the mouth.
STEP 1: check for loose teeth before using this method.
If a tooth is loose, exercise extreme care not to pull too hard laterally on the tooth with the floss using these new-floss methods. Be careful not to pull out the teeth, or move them around at all. If any tooth is loose, floss VERY lightly around that tooth.
Water-Pik to the Rescue?
I saved one of my own teeth a few years ago that had been condemned by my current dentist. A painful abcess had formed directly next to a tooth. The dentist wanted to pull that tooth immediately. I asked him if the tooth was still alive. He told me, "yes". I asked him to reschedule me for an appointment in a few days, next week. I went home and put some garlic on the painful tooth area. It helped with the pain. I did that for a few days. Then I got a better idea. I went to the local drug-store/pharmacy and bought a brand new Water Pik, some mouth-wash, and some hydrogen peroxide. I sprayed a mouthwash/hydrogen peroxide mixture down into the gap between the tooth and the gum area where the pain was located. There was an abcess next to the tooth. It felt good spraying the mouth-wash/hydrogen peroxide down into the painful area; in fact, I felt an immediate improvement. I think there was some rotten food particle down in this crevice! Yuk!
I continued the normal teeth care such as flossing and brushing, etc. The next morning when I woke up, the pain in my mouth was nearly gone! I sprayed more of that mixture down into the crevice with the Water-Pik. The next day, the pain was gone completely. In a few days, I returned to the dentist, and he agreed that the abcess wound had healed. But he didn't praise me, he had so much work to do with other patients, he didn't dally with me. (He probably was so busy he could barely remember my case.)
NOTE: I was so impressed by this lucky outcome that I even tried the Water-Pik as a replacement for flossing and brushing for a few weeks as an experiment. IT FAILED. After 3 weeks of no flossing or brushing, but using only the Water-Pik device, always set to maximum pressure, I flossed again (THE TEST), and my gums nearly bled to death! So the Water-Pik may be a miracle device for certain treatments, but is NOT a replacement for flossing, brushing, and so forth. Oh well.
Back to the gums:
THE TEST: if the gums bleed when flossing, this is nearly 100% evidence of what we commonly call, "gum disease", so continue to lightly floss all 32 teeth , or however many you have using New Floss 1 and New Floss 2 methods. Continue until the bleeding stops.
At that point, the gums are becoming healthy again and the gum disease is momentarily eradicated. Floss and brush each day just before bed-time after you have stopped eating for the day.
The cleanliness of the tooth-gum junction (periodontal area) is more important than having clean tooth surfaces. This gum-tooth junction area, mostly unreachable without floss, can easily be totally cleaned with floss or dental tape.
I like the dental tape better. Look for "dental tape" on the internet. Click Here to find dental tape. Some stores also carry it.
My favorite brand and type of dental-tape is Johnson and Johnson "Reach" unflavored waxed dental tape, which seems to hold up better than other brands.
NOTE: I love my living teeth more than my dentist. I am NOT a dentist or trained dental hygiene expert. I discovered these two methods pretty much on my own. A friend of mine had also discovered the New Floss 1 Method on his own. Dentists are generally not being paid to preserve our teeth, but to remove them when they rot and die. This advice may help save your teeth from an early death. SAVE YOUR TEETH!!!!!! STOP THE ROT!!!!! NOTE: New Floss 1 alone only covers about 75% of the periodontal area. New Floss 2 alone only covers about 75% of the periodontal area. Together, the two techniques overlap and cover 100% of the periodontal area.
INSTRUCTIONS, DIAGRAMS, and Video of New Floss 1:
INSTRUCTIONS: after threading the floss as shown in the diagrams around each tooth, pull the floss slightly tight so it doesnt fall off the tooth, then back and forth about 10 times for each tooth. Then move to the next tooth. FLOSS AROUND ALL OF YOUR TEETH. Try to move the floss further and further into the gum by angling the floss when pulling it. After flossing all of your teeth with New Floss 1, floss them all again with New Floss 2.
New Floss 1 and New Floss 2 together should take about 15 to 20 minutes each day. For both methods, pull the floss back and forth, or end to end using both hands, after threading it as shown around each tooth, one hand on each end.
Up and down movement is generally not correct. However, as you thread the floss over each tooth, there is some up and down movement which is OK.
New Floss 2 gravity problem for upper teeth: if the floss accidentally falls off of an upper tooth before you can tighten it, hold the floss in place against your face with a free finger until you can tighten. Then tighten it by pulling both ends, pull back and forth (end to end) about 10 times. In this case, floss your lower teeth first, then try the upper teeth after you have practiced a little more.
Video: Video from 2005 of New Floss 1.
For New Floss 2 method, look at the diagrams below. After threading the floss over a tooth, pull the floss back and forth, end to end using both hands, one hand on each end. Without pulling too hard, try to move the floss more and more into the gum area.
New Floss 1 method cleans 75% of the periodontal area of all 32 teeth (or however many you have). Page 1 of New Floss 1 Method. New Floss 2 method also cleans 75% of the periodontal area of all 32 teeth (or however many you have), but from the opposite angle. New Floss 1 and New Floss 2 overlap to cover 100% of the periodontal area. Page 1 of New Floss 2 Method, Page 2 of New Floss 2 Method.
NOTE: if you have no molar left in a next-to-last spot in a back corner of your mouth, then use a next-to-last tooth in that corner as the "anchor molar" (New Floss 2).
NOTE2: bleeding will stop in a few days if you persevere with New Floss 1 and New Floss 2.
NOTE3: healthy gum tissue is at least as strong as the skin on your hand, and should not bleed at all! The floss is not cutting into your gum at all if your gum is healthy. Floss lightly if your gums bleed. After a few days of light flossing, when the bleeding stops, increase pressure with the floss. This process should feel really good when your gums have stopped bleeding.
Video from 2005.
OTHER METHODS BEING PROMOTED:
Other methods: (from Europe and elsewhere) using thin wooden sticks stuck into the gum-tooth junction area, the periodontal area can somewhat be cleaned, but the little sticks cannot be inserted into the junction areas located between the teeth, only the front and back of each tooth, unless the teeth are all far apart from each other. GOOD LUCK!
The dentist from 1974 in Goleta also instructed us to use a tooth-brush with the firm bristles (don't use soft bristle brush!) inserted down into the "filthy ditch" between tooth and gum. He told us to wiggle the hard bristle brush into this area. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE AREA BETWEEN ALL THE TEETH????? GOOD LUCK!!!!!!
Oil Pulling: if you eat only well cooked mushy Indian food, the Indian method of swishing edible oil around in the mouth may clean the tooth-gum junction area well; (((GOOD LUCK!!!!! ))) but if you eat a more varied diet of raw salads, crunchy lightly cooked Asian style vegetables, nut butters, meat and cheeses, etc., this method will not work well with larger less mushy food particles which get stuck in the little ditch between the teeth and gums. In that case, we need a mechanical method to dislodge the food particles such as New Floss 1 and New Floss 2. Perhaps oil pulling should be practiced after we floss and brush and use mouthwash, etc. I admit that oil pulling feels therapeutic to my gums and teeth, but better to clean them first.