Miguel de Cervantes“Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.”
– Miguel de Cervantes

Toothbrush

  • toothbrushREGULAR soft, smaller is better, angled helps – name brand, e.g. Oral-B.
  • ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH, All powered brushes improve effectiveness — rechargeable is best.
    • Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ rechargeable toothbrush (HX6960), click here.
    • Oral-B GENIUS X rechargeable toothbrush, click here.
  • DENTURE BRUSH, for retainers, bite guards, dentures.

Toothpaste

  • DRY BRUSHING, brush until your teeth feel smooth (soft), not by time, click here.
  • toothpasteTARTAR PROTECTION (ingredient: pyrophosphate)
    >> preferred: PEROXICARE, ADVANCE WHITE, or COMPLETE CARE (Arm & Hammer)
  • SENSITIVE, 5% potassium nitrate (with tartar protection / control): Colgate Sensitive Complete Protection or Sensodyne Tartar Control. Colgate and Sensodyne have the only desensitizing toothpastes with tartar control.
  • BIOTENE for dry mouth. Also for canker sores, it has no SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate).

Sensitive toothpaste warning label

If I have recommended that you can/should use Sensodyne toothpaste, it is best used exclusively all the time.

  • Q: Why does the package state that if the pain or sensitivity still persists after 4 weeks of use, we should visit the dentist?
  • A: The FDA requires this statement on the packaging of all over-the-counter desensitizing toothpastes. Sensitive teeth may indicate a more serious problem that may need to have prompt care by a dentist. Your dental professional may recommend that you use Sensodyne daily if he or she has ruled out other dental or medical issues.

Between Teeth

  • Oral-B Glide Floss PicksFLOSS, GLIDE, Teflon shred resistant, easiest to use. Also available in GLIDE FLOSS PICKS. Floss your the lower front teeth every brushing (and … work up to flossing all of your teeth every time you brush). Professional flossing: floss on middle fingers.
  • Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Threader Floss, floss under bridges, splints, and/or braces, click here.
  • GUM SOFT PICKS, ADVANCED longer than the ‘Original’ and easy to use even on back teeth, click here.
  • PLATYPUS FLOSSERS for braces, click here.
  • OTHER, floss holders, toothpicks, Stimudents, etc.

Rinses

  • glass of waterSALT WATER, more effective than mouthwash any day. A saturated solution (4 teaspoons table salt / pint of water, or 1 teaspoon in 4 ounces of water) swished between teeth for at least a minute. More effective because: much more comfortable and tolerable, antibacterial, no alcohol, easily available, cheaper. Time of day doesn’t matter, often leaving it premixed in the shower is very helpful (pint bottle with a sport top).
  • THERASOL, antibacterial (ethoxylated tertiary amine and capryl/capramidopropylbetaine). Special order, click here.
  • PEROXYL, diluted, mild mint flavored hydrogen peroxide (1.5%), no alcohol.

NOTE, try to limit use to 2 weeks – PerioGard, Peridex, chlorhexidine gluconate. Although these products are antibacterial, the side effects of increased tartar and stain can be substantial, and there is an equally effective solution without those side effects,  TheraSol.

wp-660Irrigation

  • Waterpik® (model WP-660, White Aquarius) With baking soda, two teaspoons per full reservoir at the highest pressure setting that is comfortable, click here.

Etc.