How To Blot
Dr. Phillips dedicated his periodontal practice to the belief that
patients should be taught to care for their own mouths; that gum
disease and subsequent surgery and tooth loss were unnecessary if
the mouth was cared for properly. He lectured tirelessly around the
world to promote teeth for a lifetime. The Phillips Blotting Technique
definitely goes beyond the brushing and flossing routine to
give you a new standard of clean. Its simplicity and inexpensiveness
makes it understandable and affordable for everyone.
Now there is another direction to turn when everything else you've
tried doesn't work. The Phillips Blotting Technique makes you
proactive for your own mouth health.
"My sincere belief is that a dentist can keep
your teeth for you only by teaching you to
-Dr. J.E. Phillips
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
Despite all the specialty toothpastes and
mouthwashes available today, people still
have gum disease, many without ever
knowing it. For over 50 years, 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 program as an alternative to costly,
GUM DISEASE AND CAVITIES
The first signs of gum disease are easy to
diagnose and often originate, contrary to
popular belief, in the teenage years. No
matter how old you are, if your gums bleed
when you brush your teeth, or you notice a
white or yellow buildup where your teeth
meet your gums, you will have gum disease.
In advanced stages, the bleeding may
stop but the teeth begin to move apart and
the gums recede, eventually to the point
where they can no longer support the teeth.
The cause of gum disease is plaque that
forms along the gumline. When plaque
collects there, it causes gingivitis, an irritation
of the gums which causes them to
swell and bleed. Healthy gums form an
elastic seal around each tooth to keep
plaque and bacteria away from the sensitive
root. Plaque toxins and enzymes attack healthy gums,
eventually creating crevices as the gums loosen and pull away from the tooth. The bacteria harbored in plaque turn sugars into acid. Normally this acid is not strong enough to dissolve the enamel on teeth, but under plaque, these acids become strong enough to dissolve teeth. Removing the plaque with the Phillips Blotting Technique will eliminate the crevices where acid-forming bacteria hide. In a clean mouth, free of plaque, even sugary foods cannot damage the teeth. An exception to this is soda pops, with the diet sodas being the worst because of their high acid content. (Figure 2)
Normal toothbrushing, unfortunately,
pushes plaque deeper in the crevices
around the teeth. The Phillips Blotting
Technique, utilizing a specially designed
brush, reaches into those crevices and "Blots"
the plaque out. Once these plaque deposits
are removed through "Blotting", the gums
are on their way back to being healthy and
protecting teeth. Making the Phillips Blotting
Technique a part of your daily oral
hygiene will ensure that your teeth and
gums remain healthy for a lifetime.
PHILLIPS BLOTTING TECHNIQUE
The Phillips Blotting Technique differs from
traditional oral hygiene. It eliminates the
need for mouthwash and dental floss, and
reduces the need for toothpaste and tooth
The most effective way to remove plaque
from teeth is through the Phillips Blotting Technique.
The special Blotting brush,
firmly inserted into the gums will draw
plaque away from the gums. The method is
similar to the way a painter removes excess
paint from an area by dabbing it with a clean paintbrush. (Figures 3 & 4)
Your Blotting Brush looks like a traditional
toothbrush, but the bristles are textured and
more densely grouped, and it is held differently.
While a traditional toothbrush is
held like a knife and the elbow is raised
high for side-to-side brushing, the Blotting
Brush is held like a
pencil and the elbow
rests close to the body.
Instead of using the
motion, the Phillips
Blotting Technique uses
motion to reach into
the crevices between
teeth and gums, and
draw out the damaging,
The brush needs to be
angled at about 45
degrees, so that one row of bristles can get
into that crevice. Then, using a purely
vertical movement, the brush is dabbed
firmly downward (for the lower teeth), or
pushed upward (for the top row of teeth).
Be careful not to revert back to side-to-side
movement with the brush. Also, unlike
brushing, the Phillips Blotting Technique does
not use toothpaste. Toothpaste will just
clog the Blotting action of the special Blotting
Practice the Phillips Blotting Technique with
the outside teeth first. Use your tongue as a
guide by placing it against the inside of the
teeth to keep the brush from going over the
top of your teeth. There is no need to hurry
this procedure; the
longer you spend
in one area, the more comfortable you will
become with the motion, resulting in
cleaner teeth. (Figures 6-12 for this paragraph
After Blotting a few areas, check your brush
for plaque under a bright light. Plaque may
be difficult to notice because it is white like
the brush bristles. A
small amount of bleeding
that the Blotting action is
working. Do not be
alarmed by a little blood,
it will decrease and
disappear as you use the
technique and your gums
become healthier. The
brush should be cleaned
section of teeth) by running the
brush under tap water and dried by striking
the handle against the edge of the sink or, if
you do not have access to a sink, by simply
pursing your lips arond the bristles of the
brush and sipping it dry. Continue Blotting the outside and inside of all the teeth, front, back, top and bottom.
Then, turn the brush in the opposite direction
at the same angle and tap with a motion
from gumline to the top of the teeth. Ease
the bristles through the spaces between the
teeth. Do this from the outside of the teeth
and the inside. This cleans the
surface of the teeth and the
spaces between them. (Figures
14 & 15). To clean the biting
surface of the teeth, and to get
into the pits and fissures that trap plaque
and debris, use the brush in a lightweight
Because teeth comprise only 10% of the
mouth, cleaning them excessively still
leaves 90% of the mouth dirty. Dead skin
cells on the inside of the mouth are an
indirect cause of gum disease. Use the
Phillips Blotting Technique to brush
your gums, the roof of your mouth
and especially your tongue. The
tongue should be nice and pink. A
gagging reflex while cleaning the
tongue will help sweeten the breath.
If your gums feel tender or sore after
using the Phillips Blotting Technique,
you may have used too much sideto-
side movement. As the strength
and health of your gums improve,
use a lighter touch and no side
movement, and work your way back
to a comfortable pressure. It is
difficult to put too much pressure on
If, after using the technique for a few
weeks, you notice that the bristles on your
brush are splayed outward, you may be
forcing the bristles over the teeth instead of
using the edge to get into the crevice.
(Figure 16). The technique takes some time
to get used to, but done effectively, it is a
powerful tool for oral health. (Figure 17).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long can a person with gum disease expect to keep their teeth?
The chances are usually very good that the
gums can be healed. Once the gums are
healthy and maintained properly using the
Phillips Blotting Technique, there should be
no reason for losing teeth. Teeth are meant
to last a lifetime, and this can almost always
At what age does gum disease usually start?
Most people mistakenly believe that gum
disease begins around age 35 to 40. Gum
disease usually starts in the teenage years
and is manifested by bleeding gums. The
symptoms go unrecognized until bone
damage is evident, usually around age 35
to 40. At this time there is little or no
Are all gum diseases curable?
99% of gum diseases are curable using the
Phillips Blotting Technique. An incurable
form of gingivitis is caused by leukemia.
Desquamative gingivitis, another gum
disease, is also incurable, but its symptoms
can be greatly reduced by achieving a
thoroughly clean mouth.
How often should I clean my mouth?
If your gums are infected, you should be
cleaning your mouth two to four times a
day. Once the gums are healthy, cleaning
the mouth (Blotting crevices and cleaning
the rest of the mouth) twice a day will
maintain good oral hygiene.
How much time should I spend?
For the technique to be effective, you need
to spend about six minutes per session
Blotting the crevices around the teeth. But
since the mouth can never be too clean, you
can never Blot too much.
What assurance do I have that this technique will work?
People have been using this technique for
over 50 years without getting a cavity or
gingival disease. Many of these people had
serious dental problems before using the
technique. Even elderly patients who had
never even brushed their teeth have been
able to keep their remaining teeth and
avoid surgery using the Phillips Blotting
Technique. Only in cases of severe systemic
blood diseases has the Blotting Method not
worked. In these cases, some conditions
improve with a combination of the Phillips
Blotting Technique and antibiotics.
How long will I have to continue Blotting?
Hopefully Blotting and total mouth hygiene
will become a lifelong habit. You can enjoy
fresh breath, a clean mouth, free of cavities
and gum disease, if the Phillips Blotting
Technique is done properly over a lifetime.