These are the products I recommend to my patients and family, and also use myself. All meet my rigorous safety and testing standards. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Enjoy!
Take all the calcium you want, it won’t go to bones and teeth without Vitamin K2 on board. The modern diet is deficient in K2, but ancestral diets were not. Learn how K2 prevents osteoporosis and even the need for braces.
Unlike other lip tapes, this one does not cover the mouth. Instead, it gently surrounds the mouth. Its light elastic tension brings the lips together so the wearer can maintain a closed mouth, ensuring correct resting tongue position and nasal breathing. Designed by one of the pioneers in this space, Patrick McKeown.
Use these stainless steel containers to store your retainer, night guard, or other dental device when not in use.
This is the brush I recommend for the under 40 crowd, especially teenagers and young adults, because the motion specific to Oral-B is best at reducing the biofilm, which tends to be the biggest challenge for this age group. Do NOT use the heads that this brush comes with, as they’re not soft enough—instead, use these extra soft heads OR these cross-action heads which are best for whitening (by removing stains).
This is something I use daily—mix it in water or add to smoothies or drinks for the kids. Probiotics get most of the air time, but all the probiotics in the world aren’t going to help unless you’re getting sufficient PREbiotics (you can think of them as fertilizer for probiotics). It can be difficult to get enough prebiotics from diet alone, which is why I include this powder in my green smoothies or a glass of water daily. Prebiotics FEED the microbiome, and probiotics SEED it, and you need both!
This is something I use as an adjunct to mouth taping. Use this an hour or two before bedtime with just a few squirts in the nostrils to help you nasal breathe. It’s also fantastic for the nasal oral microbiome, which is part of the oral microbiome—an essential key ingredient for optimal oral health.
This thing changes the game when it comes to flossing. I’m a fan of floss sticks in general since they eliminate the hassle of manual floss—plus, Alzheimer’s runs in my family which is my main driver for flossing (personally). This device takes it to the next level with a vibratory motion that improves plaque disruption. Use code “askthedentist” for 10% off.
The perfect first electric toothbrush. Also excellent for sensory issues. I love that it’s not too powerful, so it’s not scary, and doesn’t damage enamel. Also ideal for adults with small mouths. Note: I do not recommend their toothpaste, as it contains fluoride. My readers get $15 off their first refill with code ASKTHEDENTIST.
Lasts forever, never have to stick your fingers in your mouth to take out your Invisalign or other oral appliance. Stiffer than plastic, looks nice in the bathroom, and lengthens the life of the appliance by preventing it from bending. All dental offices should be giving these away with their Invisalign cases, since it means fewer broken aligners!
I own three red light therapy units, but THIS company makes the low-EMF unit that I put right up to my mouth to aid gum health and gum recession. Recommend using if you are someone who struggles with any type of bleeding of the gums, from gingivitis to severe gum disease. RLT increases circulation and speeds up the replacement of tissue.
Most dry mouth happens due to mouth breathing at night when your mouth falls open. I mouth tape myself at night, every night, no matter what—even if I have a stuffy nose. Nexcare is my favorite brand, but honorable mention goes to Somnifix which is my wife’s favorite—the difference with Somnifix is that it’s a little more expensive and has a vent.
The Goby is what I recommend for anyone who’s concerned about plaque buildup and/or staining or is under age 40. The oscillatory motion is best for those needs, and the subscription model increases the chances you’ll change your toothbrush head often, which is essential for any toothbrush to prevent enamel and gum damage. Here’s my full review of the Goby if you’d like to read more. My readers save 10% off the entire order with the code ASKTHEDENTIST.
The perfect baby toothbrush for its soft bristles (ensuring a positive experience from day one) as well as the large, rubbery handle that’s easy to babies to grip (and hard to choke on). For how to introduce it, see my YouTube video where I introduce my granddaughter to her first toothbrush.
I encourage everyone to get their oral microbiome tested. You understand not only your risk for conditions like tooth decay, gum inflammation, bad breath, and gut dysbiosis, but also your body’s ability to produce nitric oxide. You’ll then receive personalized oral care and diet recommendations to balance your microbiome and improve your oral and overall health. Use code “DRB” for 10% off.
Healing is all about getting blood to the wound, whether it’s surgical or unintentional. And nitric oxide is the key to improving blood flow to any part of the body. We lose the ability produce nitric oxide after age 40 and the oral microbiome is part of that equation. Tremendously important to supplement!
How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet–One Bite at a Time
An indispensable guide to food, our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Hyman, MD.
Our jaws are getting smaller and our teeth crooked and crowded, creating not only aesthetic challenges but also difficulties with breathing. Modern orthodontics has persuaded us that braces and oral devices can correct these problems. While teeth can certainly be straightened, what about the underlying causes of this rapid shift in oral evolution and the health risks posed by obstructed airways?
This is a very TARGETED probiotic for oral health specifically. It contains the specific bugs you need for a healthy oral microbiome. This is an essential part to resetting the oral microbiome. Plus, you chew it or let it dissolve in your mouth instead of swallow it so the bugs get to where they need to go.
This book will guide you through techniques that embody the key to healthy breathing and healthy living. McKeown’s goal is to enable you to take responsibility for your own health, to prevent and significantly reduce a number of common ailments, to help you realize your potential and to offer simple, scientifically-based ways to change your breathing habits. On a day-to-day basis, you will experience an increase in energy and concentration, an enhanced ability to deal with stress and a better quality of life.
Melatonin is not all about sleep! This supplement is a daily supplment you take in the middle of the day to supplement your melatonin levels that deplete as we age. Melatonin is not only for circadian rhythm–it stimulates bone cells that create bone and inhibit cells that break down bone. it promotes tissue regeneration–all important during healing after gum therapy or oral surgery.
Water flossers make it easier to floss around dental work. Some people just prefer how water flossers feel. Since they tend to be expensive and wear out, I tested all the Waterpik knock-offs. This one was by far my favorite. For more, watch my unboxing video on YouTube.
I don’t recommend it until age 6+ because even the gentle mode is scary for some kids, and used improperly will damage enamel. Comes with stickers for kids to customize their brush, giving kids some ownership and an element of fun, which are key to forming habits that last.
I love hydroxyapatite as a safe fluoride alternative. Many kids toothpastes are fluoride-free, but there’s little benefit (aside from the absence of toxic ingredients) without hydroxyapatite. (Which is why I tell parents to skip the toothpaste altogether if it makes things easier!) My readers save 10% with code ASKTHEDENTIST.
This is the most expensive option and will set you back several thousands, but here’s why I have one: you get a lower monthly operating cost, it’s great for well water, and it filters everything out (most importantly, fluoride) for the enter household. Don’t go with this option if you’re renting!
For use in a custom whitening gel tray from your dentist. Use overnight for 2-8 weeks for best results. This is the strength (10%) that I recommend, which is also what the EU mandates. This one I’ve linked is exactly the one I use. Don’t be fooled by all the whitening gel knock-offs on Amazon or anything stronger than 10%.
Coated in hydroxyapatite, a fluoride alternative added to toothpaste. There haven’t been any studies on hydroxyapatite floss, but since hydroxyapatite is proven effective in toothpaste, why not get all the remineralization help you can get? My readers save 10% with code ASKTHEDENTIST.
This thing changes the game when it comes to flossing. I’m a fan of floss sticks in general since they eliminate the hassle of manual floss—plus, Alzheimer’s runs in my family which is my main driver for flossing (personally). This device takes it to the next level with a vibratory motion that improves plaque disruption. Use code “10DRMARK” for 10% off.
This oral cavity moisturizer can help protect against the pH imbalance and oral microbiome dysbiosis caused by dry mouth. It is ideal for Sjogren’s syndrome, dry mouth due to medication use, allergies/stuffy nose, and dry mouth from mouth breathing. Do NOT use the mouthwash or toothpaste versions of Biotene, however, because it’s the GEL that works.
For remineralization to occur, we need vitamins A and D on board, which help the body properly absorb and distribute calcium to the teeth and bones. This cod liver oil comes from a high quality, wild-caught source and won’t result in any dreaded fishy burps.
An air filter is a critical part of the equation for being able to nasal breathe through the night (and even more important for babies and kids.) A lot of times, people are congested in their bedrooms, especially if they can’t open the windows. These are affordable and are AHAM-certified, which Molekule and Medify Air are not.
I love these little tea packets and I take them with me everywhere. They triple-screen for heavy metals, pesticides, and toxic mold. You have to be careful about whatever tea you’re drinking because the plant absorbs these things from the soil. I love tea for its impact on the oral microbiome, and supporting demineralization. It’s a wonderful treat. The non-caffeinated flavor I love is Rooibos and the caffeinated one I drink is called Fermented Pu’er Green Tea.
As an avid wine drinker, I was concerned to find out about how toxic most wine is. Most vineyards spray with Roundup and contain dyes and other toxic additives. Dry Farm Wines are all low-alcohol, sugar-free (paleo and keto-friendly) and don’t spike my blood sugar.
Beware—there are many “monkfruit” options on Amazon, but this is the only one that is 100% monkfruit and doesn’t contain erythritol, which is damaging the gut microbiome. I love monkfruit because sugar is tremendously damaging to oral health and is a driver of chronic disease. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the way to go. Add it to your coffee or use it for baking. A little bit goes a long way.
Bluetooth connectivity gives you real-time feedback on your brushing technique, which I personally love and recommend to anyone who’s working on their brushing technique or anyone who loves data. You can watch my YouTube review of the DiamondClean to learn more.
Sippy cups cause so many issues, including impaired development of the airway, jaw, swallowing, and tongue—but this cup was intelligently designed by a speech language pathologist with oral and speech development in mind. I have been impressed watching how the EzPz cup is retraining my 10-month old grandson’s habits. EzPz has given the Ask the Dentist community a code you can use for 10% off their entire site: ASKTHEDENTIST
I like this formula because it contains both prebiotics and probiotics, both of which are needed to properly support bacterial diversity in a developing oral microbiome. When my daughter struggled to breastfeed her daughter, she mixed this powder in with her formula.
This is a must-read for BOTH dental practitioners who are new to the field of dental sleep medicine AND anyone who believes they or someone in their family has a sleep breathing issue. This is a science-based and layperson-friendly book that is a comprehensive overview of airway health.
If you’re interested in understanding the vital importance of sleep and how to improve your sleep quality, I highly recommend reading Why We Sleep by Dr. Matthew Walker. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the science behind sleep and its effects on our physical and mental well-being.
This book dives deep into the science behind red/near-infrared light therapy to help you fight inflammation and speed up wound healing (critical for dental health and overall health as well.) Also great info in here about how to improve hormonal health and increase your energy levels.
One of my favorites! My copy is full of underlines and I refer to it often. It’s also a page turner that reads almost like a detective story–pretty nice for a health book! The simple story is how the food industry influenced Harvard researchers to demonize fat–but it’s also so much more than that story, too. It’s about how the incompetence of physicians, researchers, pharmaceutical companies all all impact our health, and what to do about it.
The South Asian Health Solution: A Culturally Tailored Guide to Lose Fat, Increase Energy and Avoid Disease
Not just for south asians. it’s one of the best books on diabetes and insulin resistance. Dr. Sinha is one of the more gifted physicians I know by how he explains diabetes (and all that is associated with this modern epidemic) to the reader. The book contains practical take aways and reading it can save your life.
If you are a parent or guardian looking to unlock your child’s full potential, this is a must-read. Written by Dr Shereen Lim, a leading expert in dental sleep medicine, this book will provide you with the knowledge and tools to understand airway health and how it can impact your child’s development, sleep quality, learning, behavior, and future health.
If you have gum disease and/or are getting periodontal therapy, you need to make sure you have very stable blood sugar levels. There is a correlation between gum disease and insulin sensitivity. This little tool is a great way to verify, with data, that you are truly eating the right foods. You can even test out certain foods. I love mine and use it often.
Written by Dr. Pearlmutter, this book’s ahead of the curve and scientifically accurate. The book alerts us to the surprisingly dire effects of uric acid, and presents us with a clear path to bringing this key metabolic parameter under control. After having read this book, I check my uric acid levels at home regularly. It’s time we fully appreciate this source of inflammation, especially if you are prone to or currently have periodontal disease!
It was so wonderful to read the perspective of a well known physician and endocrinologist as he reveals the truth about the “system” and that understands the implications of its dysfunction that we practitioners exist (and thrive) in, and we all, as patients, eventually have to confront. The truth from an insider.
Essential read for brain health written by one of my favorite health influencers. Oh, and he’s a neurologist that “runs” 10-20 years ahead of most of his colleagues. Stay ahead of current thinking on brain health. Turns out it’s mostly within your control a grasp.
What makes cold sores so painful is the fact that they’re open sores. This gel works in two ways: (1) it creates a barrier over the open sore to reduce the pain and (2) it speeds up healing by covering the area so the body can lay down new skin. For more info, read my blog posts about cold sores and how to get rid of them.
The big book on Paleo. If you are thinking you are ready for a paleo diet, start here with a comprehensive and up to date codec of paleo principles that is easy to read and is a pillar health reference.Practioners should read this book to be proficient paleo educators to their patients and followers.
Cognitive bias exists every where, but when you confront it at your healthcare visit, it can have life altering consequences. Learning how your doctor thinks (more importantly is trained to think) can help you navigate this serious and commonly overlooked aspect of health care. Take control of your healthcare destiny and don’t be led down the wrong path by your well intentioned doctor (or dentist).
Modulate oral bacteria for better breath, gums, and teeth with a daily mint. It contains beneficial strains and natural ingredients to rebalance your mouth’s microbiome. Invest in your health by prioritizing oral care. Poor oral health is linked to systemic conditions like Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Six clinically studied probiotic strains combat bad breath and gum inflammation. High bacterial concentration and clean ingredients make it effective. Xylitol fights cavity-causing bacteria and reduces tooth decay risk.
If you’re looking to take charge of your health, this is a great place to start. This book reveals the evidence linking many major diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, to a common root cause—insulin resistance—and provides an easy-to-follow plan to reverse and prevent it. It will help you understand the oral-systemic connection better and give you practical advice on how to lead a healthier life.
Babies as young as four months benefit from daily cod liver oil, rich in remineralizing vitamins A and D. It may prevent your child from needing braces one day. My granddaughter started taking a small spoonful of this oil regularly starting at six months old.
Mom’s oral microbiome determines what baby’s oral microbiome will be. Make sure you have the right strains on board throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Highly recommend this—it’s so important and has long-lasting effects on the health of both mom and child.
This is my favorite travel toothbrush. It folds up into itself, protecting the bristles from germs on dirty hospital sinks, purses and backpacks. The wide massaging head is ideal for gum recession, sensitivity, and bleeding gums. The design reduces toothbrush waste by 93% because you keep the same handle and just replace the heads.
Silicone Food Storage Containers / good for the environment, but also really good for you health. Microplastics can affect the hormones involved in growing teeth in your childs’ jawbone, causing them to be actually more cavity prone. Pack their school lunches in these collapsible and easy to use silicone containers. Win win for moms and mother nature!
“The new Risewell Kids Pro formulation is your best hope at preventing and reversing in a toothpaste, all without the worry of neurological issues associated with ingestion and absorption of fluoride. Currently it is the toothpaste with the highest concentration of micro and nanoHA on the market (i’m sure many will follow). Along with safe ingredients for a manufactured paste, this means it’s my go to for recommending to the kiddos! Hey, and if you are big adult kiddo and like the taste palette of what your kids like, then jump in with this Pro version. Adult friendly (we won’t tell anyone you prefer the cake batter flavor)! “
Turmeric is VERY good for the oral microbiome and is also great for supporting gum health. It’s important to not just take turmeric as a supplement—you also want to expose the gums and oral tissues to it, and this tea is a great way to do both of these things.
This is the manual brush I recommend to everyone because it excels in multiple categories: gum recession, sensitivity, bleeding gums. The wide massaging head helps prevent recession and sensitivity since the forces are spread over a great surface area, the design reduces toothbrush waste by 93% because you keep the same handle and just replace the heads. I also travel with the Radius Travel, which has the exact same head as the regular model.
Great for anyone with sensitive teeth, sensitive gums, or gum recession. The design of the bristles makes it good at digging food out from the pockets and in between the teeth—not a replacement for flossing, but similar to flossing. It will feel a little prickly at first in any areas of your mouth with inflammation—which I think is a fantastic indicator to give you feedback on the areas that need a little more love and attention.
Great value. None of the bells and whistles, but has the same exact sonic motion of the most expensive Sonicare models. Sonic vibrations help to break up particles of food and bacteria in the open spaces of teeth exposed by gum recession. As always, make sure to purchase and use only the SOFT replacement heads because the head that comes with the brush is too abrasive.
There aren’t many snack foods that I can wholeheartedly recommend, but these make the cut. The brand uses heritage raised on small family farms. Manchego cheese is superior to cow’s cheese and serves to neutralize the acid attack on teeth. All of this results in a readily available, highly satiating snack that is paleo-friendly and nutrient-dense. Plus it’s kid-friendly—my toddler granddaughter eats this stuff up.
Most prenatals don’t have everything needed for strong dental health for mom and proper oral development for the baby in utero. This is the only one I’ve found that has everything a dentist could want for his patients a single multi: vitamins K2, D3 and E, omega-3s, methylated folate (to prevent tongue tie), iodine, iron, and magnesium.
Super soft bristles are gentle enough for a baby, ensuring positive experiences early on. Second, the 360° design because babies and toddlers can’t twist their wrist to angle a brush properly. For how to introduce it, see my YouTube video where I introduce my granddaughter to her first toothbrush.
Chewable strawberry tablet with targeted oral probiotic strains to support bacterial diversity, which is key for better dental check-ups. I like Hyperbiotics for their strict manufacturing standards and rigorous testing on survivability of strains.
We need more Vitamin C than we think; Vitamin C requirements were set to prevent scurvy, but are too low for optimal gum health. With Vitamin C on board, the blood vessels in the gums are less likely to become inflamed and necrose. My wife and I swish with this on an empty stomach every morning. Tastes great. Rinse afterwards since it’s acidic!
CoQ10 supports periodontal health. Periodontal diseases a common inflammatory disorders known as gingivitis and periodontitis, caused by pathogenic microbiota in the areas below your gums (gum pockets). These bugs include Porphyromonas gingivalis, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Tannerella forsythia and Treponema denticola. These bugs, when not modulated by good bugs in the same community can result in the overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which then trigger innate inflammatory and adaptive immune responses, causing collagen and periodontal cell breakdown. This cell damage is known as polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs), and plays a major role in periodontitis. Because CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant, it helps to decrease PMNs and collagenous problems. I take 120mg everyday. Has benefits elsewhere in the body, especially cardiovascular.
Vitamin C can play a vital role in preventing cavities! Yes, studies support this fact.Vitamin C also contributes to collagen synthesis, which is an important protein for providing tooth structure, support, and maintenance. There is plenty of evidence linking periodontal disease and vitamin C deficiency. Clinical studies have found that vitamin C depletion can cause gingival bleeding regardless of oral hygiene. Vitamin C reduces the inflammation reaction in periodontal disease, and the administration of vitamin C supplements has been shown to improve symptoms of gum disease. Vit c even has a protective role in oral cancer. I think you can now see that it’s one of the most important supplements you can take for oral health.