“Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.”
– Miguel de Cervantes
- REGULAR 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.
- DENTURE BRUSH, for retainers, bite guards, dentures.
- DRY BRUSHING, brush until your teeth feel smooth (soft), not by time, click here.
- TARTAR 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.
- FLOSS, 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 THREADER, floss threaders for under bridges, splints, and/or braces.
- GUM SOFT PICKS, ADVANCED longer than the ‘Original’ and easy to use even on back teeth.
- PLATYPUS FLOSSERS for braces, click here.
- OTHER, floss holders, toothpicks, Stimudents, etc.
- SALT 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, no longer than 2 weeks – PerioGard, Peridex, chlorhexidine gluconate. Although these products are antibacterial, the side effects of increased tartar and stain are 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.
- XYLITOL, cavity-free, products. Sorbitol and mannitol are the primary sweeteners in most sugarless gums, and although they reduce decay compared to sucrose (commonly referred to as ‘sugar’), xylitol does not cause decay.
- XYLIMELTS, are oral-adhering discs that stick to your teeth or gums to relieve persistent dry mouth, click here.
- DENTEK CANKER COVER for canker sores, more info click here.
- KANKA®, ORAJEL® for irritations from braces, retainers or dentures.
- NICOTINE REDUCTION (patch / gum / lozenge / Rx tablet – inhaler) an aid to overcome the physical dependence of tobacco.
- DENAVIR, prescription required $$$$$, antiviral cream for cold sores.
- RED CROSS TOOTHACHE MEDICATION, use only in teeth with persistent, throbbing pain; not for gums – only teeth. Temporary relief only – see dentist ASAP.
- FLUORIDE SUPPLEMENTS, prescription required, for children up through age 16.
- VITAMIN/MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS: Centrum or it’s equivalent. You can check the effectiveness/requirement by your fingernails.
- STRESS REDUCTION: physical exercise, meditation, biofeedback, medication, nutrition.
- BRUSH / SCRAPE YOUR TONGUE, stain is from bacteria that “pick-up” dark pigments from your diet. Tongue scrapers can also help prevent halitosis.
- DISCLOSING SOLUTION to show where plaque remains on teeth, click here (2 Tone Disclosing Solution).
- SOAK for dentures, biteguards, retainers: plain, undiluted, white vinegar.
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