My dentist is a popular guy — so popular, in fact, that when I called to schedule a cleaning, his snippy receptionist told me that there were no openings for four months. Great. So I've been trying to floss, Sonicare, and clean like crazy until I can find a new dentist (sorry, Dr. K). Another tool in my arsenal of postponed dentistry: Crest Weekly Intensive Cleaning Toothpaste ($4.49).
You know how when you get a cleaning, the dentist uses a slightly gritty paste that always leaves your teefs feeling smoother and glassier? This paste does a similar thing when used weekly. My teeth always feel much cleaner, and they tend to look a little brighter, too. It isn't a substitute for the six-month checkup, of course, but it's an affordable solution for yuck-mouth.