Definition: periodontal here means tooth/gum intersection areas accessible with floss normally.
Final Nightly teeth and gum cleaning:
- Using (CVS brand) interdental brushes to clean the gum areas located between all the teeth. These brushes come in various sizes, such as "tight", "very tight", "regular", and "wide" depending on how much space is between the teeth in question. I've found that these interdental brushes do much better what regular (conventional) flossing used to do in terms of cleaning the gum area between all the teeth, but not the periodontal areas.
- Using dental floss or tape (I prefer dental tape), newfloss-1 and newfloss-2 techniques to clean the periodontal areas 360 degrees around each of my teeth completely. (see below for newfloss-1 and newfloss-2).
- Using about 1 and 1/2 caps of Colgate Total, which contains no alcohol, or equivalent mouthwash, and about 2 mouthwash caps of hydrogen peroxide mixed with water, in my WaterPik.
- Brushing the teeth and surrounding gum areas.
New Floss 1 and New Floss 2 Methods:
360 Degree Periodontal Area Cleaning Around Each Tooth:
NOTE: a "normal" human only has 32 teeth. I do not have 36 teeth myself, but I misunderstood what my dentist told me about the number of teeth a person usually has. With wisdom teeth, a human normally has 32 teeth, not 36. Without wisdom teeth, a human normally has 28 teeth. (When my dentist told me a human normally has 32 teeth, I didn't realize he was counting the wisdom teeth, so I added 4 (wisdom teeth) to 32 to reach 36, which is an error! So please disregard my diagrams that indicate humans have 36 teeth.)
New floss 1 video, page 1 diagram for new floss 1 method. New Floss 1 especially takes care of the sides and entire back side of each tooth's periodontal area in our mouth, an area missed by conventional flossing for most people. In fact, for most people flossing conventionally, they miss the entire back of each tooth's periodontal area, reaching only the left and right sides of each tooth's periodontal area.
New floss 2: page 1 diagram, page 2 diagram for new floss 2. NewFloss2 especially takes care of the sides, and entire front side of each tooth in our mouth, an area missed by conventional flossing for most people. In fact, for most people flossing conventionally, they miss the entire front of each tooth's periodontal area, reaching only the left and right sides of each tooth's periodontal area.
(May 2020) See a dental hygienist or dentist for official information on keeping your teeth AND GUMS, healthy.
(June 2020) I just discovered "interdental brushes", and "interdental picks", available at local pharmacies or grocery stores (for example "GUM" brand interdental "Proxa" brushes). These devices make it much easier to clean and stimulate the non-periodontal gum areas between the teeth that are somewhat reachable using regular flossing, but not by using my "newfloss" flossing techniques, or regular brushing. The interdental brushes are not for cleaning the periodontal areas. The interdental picks can be used for that to some extent, but newfloss-1 and newfloss-2 work better for the periodontal areas that entirely circle each tooth, lying between each tooth and the surrounding gum 360 degrees.
But I've been missing those non-periodontal gum areas between the teeth for a long time. I was getting to the periodontal areas very well with newfloss-1 and newfloss-2, but didn't realize I was missing the non-periodontal gum area between the teeth. When I realized that conventional flossing was also not getting to these areas very successfully, I remembered to go to my local pharmacy to see what was available, and I found the interdental picks and brushes from all sorts of suppliers.
NOTE2: But there are gum/tooth areas which conventional flossing affects, such as much of the gum areas between our teeth, that new-floss 1 and new floss 2 do not affect. Nor regular brushing. (See above for my recent discovery of interdental brushes and picks for cleaning and stimulating the gum areas between all the teeth.)
NOTE: 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.
OTHER METHODS BEING PROMOTED:
Other methods: using a toothpick inserted gently into the gum-tooth periodontal junction areas, these areas can somewhat be cleaned, but for many people the teeth are too close together for the toothpicks to be inserted easily into the areas located between the teeth, only the front and back of each tooth can be reached, unless the teeth are all quite far apart from each other. Mine are not. GOOD LUCK!
Clean the Periodontal Areas! My MIU freshman college class in Goleta, CA, was instructed about advanced dental hygiene by a dentist sent by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi himself, so it must've been really important. I don't remember the dentist's name. This dentist instructed all of us to use a tooth-brush with firm bristles inserted down into the "filthy ditch" periodontal area between tooth and gum at the front and rear of all the teeth. He told us to wiggle the hard bristles of our tooth-brush down into this periodontal "ditch" area. For the periodontal "ditch" areas between all the teeth, conventional flossing was recommended. This was before the interdental brushes were invented, such as "GUM" brand interdental brushes, so the non-periodontal areas between the teeth were not reached very well by this dentist's methods, except by conventional flossing to some extent.
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 flossing. 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 with brushing and flossing.