The holidays are here, and ‘tis the season for giving. As we shop for gifts for our friends and family, we all have those hard-to-buy-for people on our list. This year, why not give them the gift of oral health? Here are some great gift ideas to keep your friends and family members smiling!
An Electric Toothbrush. While both a manual and an electric toothbrush can effectively and thoroughly clean your teeth, dentists often recommend electric toothbrushes because of their precise brushing capabilities and gentleness on gums. And they are fun to use! Electric toothbrushes are great for anyone but are a particularly great gift for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity. Dr. Chandler’s pick: Oral B Genius.
A Water Flosser. Water flossers are handheld devices that spray streams of water in steady pulses. The water, like traditional floss, can remove food and plaque from between and around the teeth. Water flossers help reduce gingivitis, the early form of gum disease, and are wonderful gifts for people who have trouble flossing by hand or who have dental work that makes flossing difficult – such as braces or a bridge. Dr. Chandler’s pick: Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser.
Teeth Whitening. Who wouldn’t want a whiter, more confident smile? Whitening is a great gift that will surely make your loved ones smile! Products available over-the-counter, such as whitening toothpastes or whitening strips, may make teeth look a little brighter but often contain different or lower concentration bleaching agents than what your dentist offers, and some are actually just surface stain removers. Before purchasing an over-the-counter bleaching kit, ask your dentist if they offer professional strength non-custom bleaching kits. These kits are less expensive than in-office or custom tray bleaching processes. Opalescence Go is one such kit that requires no impressions or custom trays and is ready to use right out of the package. Dr. Chandler’s pick: Opalescence Go.
Additional stocking stuffer ideas that promote oral health: Xylitol gum, sugar free candies, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, tongue scrapers, and interdental brushes or picks.
While I hope you have enjoyed our favorite oral health gift ideas, it is important to remember that oral health begins with good oral hygiene. We recommend brushing twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing or using interdental cleaning tools once a day, and scheduling regular dental hygiene visits and examinations to keep your smile, and yourself, healthy. Happy Holidays!