Taking care of your teeth and gums has whole body ramifications. In fact, not doing it may lead to a number of diseases which lower your quality of life and lifespan. It is easy to care for your teeth and gums. Good home care only takes about 4-5 minutes a day. There is almost no other thing that you can do that is so quick, cheap and has such a profound effect on your quality of life.
HERE ARE THE BASICS:
Brush for 2 minutes, two times per day. Electric brushes all do a better job than manual brushes.
Use fluoride and/or xyoitol toothpastes and/or rinses two to four times per day.
Pack salt around the teeth and gums at least 4 times per week. Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) works well with less effect on the heart and fluid retention than regular salt (Sodium Chloride).
Floss or proxy brush daily. This is the least important of the care but is good to do if you can. Controlling the chemistry (acid-base balance) is more critical.
Diet: stay away from acid and high sugar food and drinks. Eat natural complex foods. Processed foods and carbohydrates cause much higher acid levels. Limit the amount you snack to 1-2 times a day. When you eat or drink virtually anything you get an hours worth of acid production and bacterial growth. Drink a soda quickly and you get one hour of damage. Sip a soda over the whole day and you can get 8 hours of acid formation and damage from the same soda. Always rinse with water or some rinse after you eat. Xylitol gum, spray, and mints are a great way to control acid formation and plaque build up.
Get a Caries Risk Assessment done.
WHAT I DO:
Brush 2-3 times a day, 60% with an electric brush. I rinse 2-6 times a day with some alternating combination of xylitol, chlorhexadine, fluoride, hydrogen peroxide, or salt water. I pack Epsom Salt around the teeth 3 times per week. I floss 3-4 times a week. I use the shower as a water pick. I drink mainly water and 2 quarts to a gallon per day. I eat xylitol mints 3-5 times a day. I exercise as much as possible.
I eat sugar, I do not floss every day, and I am more consistent some weeks than others. I do the best I can. If I slack off it is ok, I get back on track. I am consistent over many years. I get professional cleanings and exams at least once per year. I have had good dental and general health with no cavities for the last 35 years.
Ester C 1000-4000mg per day half in AM and half in PM for best effects.
Mega B Complex Make sure B12 is Methyl version not Cyano.
D3 1200-2400iu per day and must be taken with some fat to absorb.
Magnesium 400mg one to two times per day.
CoQ10 Ubiquinol form 100mg per day.
Probiotic Take two times per day. I like Vitacost 15 Strains / 35 Billion.
Astaxanthin 4mg I use PurZanthin from Stop Aging Now
Tumeric 1300mg I use Curcumin2K from Stop Aging Now
Fish Oil Omega 3s 1200iu per day
B12 5000 mcg from Vitacost again Methyl cobalamin
Hyaluonic Acid 100mg one to two times a day, increases cellular water and joint lubrication.
Chondroitin/Glucosamine 1500mg one to two times a day.
Melatonin plus Theanine at bedtime.