Charles C. Bass, M.D., was the Dean of the Tulane Medical School in New Orleans. Upon retirement, Dr. Bass decided to study the cause of cavities and gum disease. The method of manipulating both floss and toothbrush is more precisely described elsewhere, but the text below approximates the technique in lay terms.
"Brushing your teeth" just does not describe what Dr. Bass termed "disrupting and disorganizing colonies of bacteria". Dr. Bass' research showed that by cleaning your mouth properly once a day before bed will not allow the bacteria to get organized. Remember, Dr. Bass saw EVERYTHING through his microscope! Disrupting and disorganizing a bacterial colony, as seen through Dr. Bass' eyes, meant that the existing processes that cause tooth decay and gum disease would immediately stop.
Dr. Jones, the founder of POH, spoke of "The Secrets of the Little World" when he would teach personal oral hygiene. This amazing microcosm of living plants and animals inhabits the world we live in, and even us. Want to know more about the secret little world?
Start HERE to read a Scientific American article on the subject. Each human is outnumbered ten to one by the microbes we carry with us. A zillion reasons to clean one's mouth!
Here is a link preventive Dentists made in 1963 for their patients CLiCK
You will learn something you probably did not know...
Charles C. Bass, M.D.
PERSONAL ORAL HYGIENE INSTRUCTIONS
TO SHOW BACTERIAL COLONIES
Place a disclosing wafer in your mouth and slowly dissolve. Push the wafer around the teeth with your tongue to bring the wafer in contact with the front, sides and insides of all your teeth.
Using a well lighted mirror examine your mouth. The bright red areas are the living bacteria.
The most important areas to be cleaned with the toothbrush are
(a) the biting surfaces in the pits and grooves
(b) the sides of the teeth
(c) the space where the gums and the teeth meet. This is known as the sulcus.
Brush the stained material with short strokes, applying the tips of the bristles to the red area with light pressure, and moving the brush back and forth with a vibrating or circular motion. This type of brushing will dislodge the soft stained material by the digging action of the ends of the bristles wherever they can be applied. Flaring of the bristles indicates too much pressure is being used.
Cut off a piece of floss about 2 feet long. Wrap one end around the right index finger for the purpose of anchoring or holding. Use the right thumb to hold the floss against the right index finger. Grasp the floss with the left hand so that the length of floss, about one inch long, is between the hands. The following illustrations show how to hold the floss in the different areas of the mouth.
UPPER RIGHT TEETH
UPPER LEFT TEETH
ALL LOWER TEETH
Slip the floss between each pair of teeth by drawing it gently and slightly back and forth. Carry the floss under the gum until you feel definite resistance without discomfort, and then scrape it up along the sides of both teeth.
After cleaning all the teeth with dental floss, rinse your mouth by forcing water vigorously back and forth between the teeth in order to remove material that has been loosened or dislodged but not removed by the floss.
After brushing and flossing your teeth, re-examine them carefully. Any red stained areas remaining should be removed. It is not possible to remove absolutely all of the adherent stained material. The important thing is to reduce its thickness appreciably. By morning, all traces of the stain will be gone from the mouth.
Before retiring is the most important time for cleaning the teeth and the proper time for staining and thorough P.O.H. The important thing is to be sure you remove the new growth of bacteria.
Your gums may bleed slightly and become tender during your first two weeks on P.O.H. This soon ceases and the previously inflamed tissue rapidly heals. No bleeding or discomfort will be experienced from any reasonable manipulations of the brush or floss in the future.
Stain your teeth every night for the first week, then clean the teeth to remove the stain. The second week, clean your teeth first and then stain them to see if you missed any area. After you learn the correct personal hygiene method, the stain will no longer be necessary for daily use. Use it to check yourself once a week from then on.
THE MEASURE OF SUCCESS
The bacteria grow back every 24 hours. By using the stain solution, you know where they grow and live. You must remove them thoroughly, systematically, and effectively daily or the bacteria will accumulate in such large number that disease results.
NO ONE CAN DO IT FOR YOU, THE SUCCESS OF THIS TREATMENT RESTS SOLELY IN YOUR HANDS
Do you hold a toothbrush like a baseball bat? You are not cleaning tile grout, you know.
We were taught that a grip much like the one used to hold a violin bow is best.
Using your fingertips allows proper utilization of the toothbrush.
Holding the toothbrush like a baseball bat does not allow the fine manipulation needed to disrupt and disorganize bacterial colonies. Bacterial plaque does not require a lot of force to disrupt.
Flossing Never pull the ends of a strand of floss back and forth between your teeth.
Use a minimum of space between the fingers when flossing.
Only the tips of the bristle should touch the teeth.
Not bending the bristles allows the tips to gently clean under the gum and in the biting surfaces of the teeth.
The disease processes known to dentists as caries and periodontal disease are the result of bacteria. Cavities and gum disease are widely prevalent today. Modern diets full of refined carbs feed the bacterial colonies very well indeed. If one does not disrupt and disorganize the colony at least once a day, these little bugs thrive, and get themselves organized. Many, many little organisms, too numerous too count inhabit our mouth. They are a part of our world, as we are a part of theirs. To support the colony, food has to get in and waste has to get out. This is accomplished very efficiently by the colony, and the waste is directed to the areas of the tooth that decay, or the area below the gumline where a tooth is held in the jaw. Over time, this acid production line will produce enough to eat away at the tough enamel surface. This surface, by the way, is one of the hardest minerals there is. The study of anthropology is almost entirely the study of teeth, as they weather time and the elements very well. Unless they are not kept clean...