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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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