p18 Which is better - toothpaste or sootpaste?

Probably sootpaste as at least this would lend encouragement to more thorough cleaning to remove all the traces of soot! That means more brushing and if this is done as described in page16, it can only be good for teeth and gums.

What's wrong with toothpaste?

Nothing really except that the way we are encouraged to use it means that we have to rely on the effectiveness of toothpaste as an all-round cleaning agent, yet the only way in which we can check the result is by taste. As most toothpastes are highly flavoured, often with peppermint, this is going to give a very inaccurate result.

You don't believe me?

Think about what I've explained in previous paragraphs about what you are trying to achieve - disruption of the film covering everything, especially the gums - see page7. This can only happen by bristles of the toothbrush moving across the surface.

Now try this. Take a wet toothbrush which has never ever had any toothpaste on it and brush one side of your mouth with it in the correct manner, rinsing your mouth right afterwards. Then put some toothpaste on your finger and smear it round the teeth and gums on the other side of your mouth, rinsing right afterwards.

Now run your tongue round your mouth to feel which side of your teeth/ gums tastes cleaner. The toothpaste side, isn't it? But you haven't put your brush in to clean that side at all. It cannot be clean.

So how are you going to know when you've brushed your teeth using toothpaste whether you've been successful or not?

I'll tell you - you don't know - you haven't a clue!

If you cannot tell when it's clean, how do you know if you've hit all the right bits? If you use toothpaste in the advertised manner, you could very well be missing some areas completely every time. At these points you will lose bone and, eventually, the teeth.

So I very rarely use toothpaste. When I do, it's for the chemical effect of the bleaching elements in some of them to clear away the staining caused by drinking tea - and that I do by wiping it onto my teeth, not for routine brushing!

So how do you know when your teeth and gums are clean? 

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 Suppose you try something like I do. Use a toothbrush which has never had any toothpaste on it at all. Toothpaste taste lurks about forever on a brush!

First thing in the morning when I get out of bed, I rinse my brush under the tap (or wild Scottish mountain burn - Scots word for a wee river) and rinse my mouth too. Do this yourself. Then put your brush in your mouth and just brush a couple of strokes on the gums anywhere.

Then I lift the brush to my nose and smell it. You know, it smells absolutely awful. That's because while I've been asleep there has been a building up of THAT FILM which contains dead gum cells, dead bacteria and a host of other rubbish - it really stinks. Smell your brush yourself - rather you than me!

Rinse the brush again and brush all round the mouth in the manner you've learnt (page16). Then rinse your mouth and brush again in the water until mouth and brush taste fresher.

NOW, THE GOLDEN SECRET TO KEEP YOUR TEETH FOREVER. Put the brush back in your mouth and clean round again - then smell. If it smells sweet and fresh, you've done it - your mouth is clean.

But if there is even a hint of that awful stink, you've missed at least one bit - and you've got to find it. Rinse mouth and brush again. Then go over one area at a time again with the brush, smelling after each stroke.

Make a mental note of where those smelly bits are and try to brush them clean again. Please don't expect them to come clean right away. See the bold paragraph on page16. These areas will have been missed for ages - the gums might be quite damaged, swollen, inflamed and not easy to clean!


 Of course, you say, it's a trick image - it isn't. I believe that you can work it all out just by looking at it and using a bit of imaginative thinking.  

Now, if your answer is light years away, I won't reply to your email.

If it's only a million miles away and there's several others in the same frame, I'll pass some comment in this area.

If you are on the horizon, I'll email you with the words 'in sight'

If you're close enough for me to hear you shouting, I'll email you with the words 'louder'.

If you give me the right answer, I'll send you one of the world's biggest value banknotes - just what you'd expect in Scotland!

I normally only clean my teeth once a day. But it's a very thorough clean. If you have the time to clean umpteen times a day, fine but if you make the smelly bits tender, you won't be able to clean so well the next time.

So next time you brush, brush FIRST those bits you made a note of last time, rinse again, then brush all the way round normally. Slowly, over several days or weeks, those smelly bits will become less and less (and your mouth and gums healthier and healthier!) until you can do it all in a couple of rounds in a couple of minutes.

If you want a fresh-tasting breath, use a sugar-free mouth-freshener now or whenever. But watch out for the 'anti-bacterial ones - I find that these ones actually increase breath odour in between freshener doses!

You probably don't need anything at all after your mouth reaches full clean health! I wouldn't use toothpaste - all that chemical cocktail that's listed on the side of the tube just to make a fresh-tasting breath? Not for me.

My porridge awaits me (toothpaste and porridge? Yuk!)