Electric toothbrushes have a timer, pressure sensor, and are good for people with limited dexterity. Manual toothbrushes are comparable when used correctly. Specialty toothbrushes exist to facilitate care. At minimum, use new soft bristles each season and after a cold.

between teeth

Floss, floss picks, soft picks, proxabrushes, stimudents, waterpiks, etc.

Clinpro Toothpaste

Prescription high fluoride tri-calcium phosphate toothpaste for those with or without dry mouth. To be used without eating or drinking 30 minutes after use for best results.


Prescription antibacterial mouth rinse. To be used one minute per day for one week per month without eating or drinking 30 minutes after use for best results.

Carifree CT3 Rinse

A mouth rinse containing xylitol to fight cavities, fluoride to strengthen teeth, and pH neutralization to impede the breakdown of teeth.


ACT  rinses contain fluoride, and ACT Dry Mouth rinse  is a fluoride rinse for those who experience dry mouth.

Listerine Zero

Alcohol-free rinse.

Baking soda

Baking soda rinses are good for pH neutralization after meals and soothing oral tissues in general but are also good to use before brushing in the event of vomiting (e.g. flu, pregnancy, chemotherapy, etc.). Dissolve 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup water.



There are different over-the-counter toothpastes that accommodate those with an allergy or aversion to certain ingredients. For example, sodium lauryl sulfate-free toothpastes are suitable for those whose sensitivity presents as canker sores, or arginine, which neutralizes plaque biofilm, can be a fluoride toothpaste alternative.


Xylitol (6-10 grams) helps fight cavities and can be found in stores and online.

Fluoride Varnish

A topical fluoride treatment applied to strengthen teeth, reduce cavities and decrease tooth sensitivity. For best results, avoid hard and hot foods for four hours after application.


A milk-derived fluoride paste for sensitive teeth.

Carifree CT4 rinse

A two-part mouth rinse that has an antibacterial component as well as xylitol, fluoride, and pH neutralizing component.


Biotene makes several products, one of which is a fluoride-free rinse for those experiencing dry mouth.


Bleach rinses, freshly made at the moment of use, may reduce gingival inflammation and bleeding. Dissolve 1 teaspoon bleach in 1 cup water and use twice weekly.


Oral health fact sheets are available in multiple languages courtesy of the California Dental Association.