The diseases known to dentists as caries and periodontal disease are the result of acids excreted by oral plaque, which is an undisturbed bacterial colony coating the teeth.
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. The microscopic organisms in our mouths are used in the cycle of life by helping us digest food. Man lives in harmony with them. When this normal condition gets out of balance, disease occurs. We have both good and harmful microbes constantly living inside our mouths. This is a normal part of a living world.
Modern diets are full of refined carbohydrates that feed the bacterial colonies very well indeed. If one does not clean the teeth (or what Dr. Bass termed disrupt and disorganize these colonies) at least once a day, the bacteria thrive, and organize into harmful plaque.
To support the colony, food has to get in and waste (acid) has to get out. This is accomplished very efficiently by the colony. The waste is directed away from the colony onto the surface of the tooth, and the area below the gum line where a tooth is held in the bone. Over time, this acid production line will produce enough to eat away at the tough enamel surface. Unless they are kept clean...
When and Why to Clean the Teeth
There are enormous numbers and the greatest variety of bacteria in the human mouth at all times. Others are being introduced frequently with food and drink and fingers. There is no such thing as sterilizing the mouth from bacteria. The best that can be done is to reduce the number of organized bacteria as much as possible at frequent intervals and to remove the material which serves as food for them.
Bacteria do not grow in number to any appreciable extent except in the presence of suitable food. Removing remnants of food in cleaning the teeth deprives the bacteria of nutrients and limits their growth. Bacteria can produce the acids which starts tooth decay only when growing in the presence of fermentable carbohydrates. Cleaning the teeth and mouth properly inhibits production of acid by the remaining bacteria.
If one cleans their teeth thoroughly at night before retiring, there follows a period of several hours during which no acid is produced at these vulnerable locations where caries is most likely to occur. It is to gain this longer period of freedom from bacterial growth and acid production which makes it necessary that the teeth be cleaned at night before bedtime.
If, on the other hand, one goes to bed with an uncleaned mouth, a most favorable condition exists for enormous multiplication of bacteria, fermentation of food, and production of acids during the night. The period from the time food is taken in the morning, until time for cleaning the teeth again at night, is not sufficient time for the bacteria to re-organize. Therefore, for the purpose of preventing cavities, it is only necessary to clean the teeth thoroughly at night before retiring.
If, for purposes of personal cleanliness and comfort, one finds it convenient to brush and floss the teeth partially or thoroughly at other times of the day, such as upon arising in the morning and following some or all of the meals during the day, no harm will be done.
Gum disease is caused primarily by the long continued presence of an accumulated mass of bacteria on the teeth at the margin of the gums (gingival crevice), especially between the teeth. Disrupting and disorganizing the mass of bacteria once a day prevents harmful accumulation
It should be clear that to prevent gum disease and to allow existing disease an opportunity to heal, it is absolutely necessary to properly brush and floss every night before retiring to bed.
You can prevent the harmful accumulation of bacterial plaque with the Bass Method of personal oral hygiene. Here is a link to a video made in the 1990's, produced by a Dentist who knew Charles Bass personally. The video may be a little dated, but the information is still as valid today as it ever was. CLiCK
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