I don't like the piks, personally- they tickle too much or I nearly drown myself. lol
I got some biotene toothpaste which is really helping me as far as my teeth feeling healthier and my mouth being not so dry. I've also started using granulated xylitol to sweeten things, and avoiding any other sweeteners than raw honey, as supposedly it doesn't contribute to making your pH more acidic.
I found some Healthy Dentist brand fluoride rinse and kid's toothpaste on sale at walgreens, so got those too as they both have xylitol in them. I'm not so fond of flouride, but until I get this extraction done it's kind of a necessary evil. Also, both dd's have a bit of pitting, so I'm hoping the occasional topical fluoride will help arrest any further damage.
I think cutting out Listerine and switching to the Biotene toothpaste has really done my mouth a world of good. Apparently, listerine has a pH of like 4.5, which is really acidic- bad for your mouth. Prior to this I found that swishing with some baking soda in warm water was the only thing that would make my teeth stop hurting. So I think a lot of my issues have to do with the pH in my mouth, once I started cutting out some of the conventional crap I'd been doing, my mouth feels 100% better. Except I still need that darn extraction on the 10th, but even that has stopped being a constant shrill pain.
I hope some of my long winded rambling helps, I've just been through so much bs with my dental issues in the last month or two I wanted to offer up anything I've done that's even helped slightly as I know how frustrating and painful this ordeal has been for me.