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Holiday Gifts for Maintaining Good Dental Health

Give the gift that lasts all year long and never goes out of style — a beautiful smile. You might be surprised by how many people actually appreciate receiving dental supplies. They make timely gifts for anyone who has recently gotten braces off or other dental work done. From simple stocking stuffers to expensive products like electronic toothbrushes, here are five ideas to get you started.

Electric Toothbrush

There aren’t many people who are willing to plunk down some serious change for a toothbrush, but the benefits of using an electronic toothbrush make it well worth the investment — and equally well suited to a holiday gift. These nifty devices encourage thorough brushing, and they do all the hard work for you. Some of the latest models offer wireless charging pads and travel cases that make it easy to take and charge the toothbrush on the go.

Water Flosser

Water flossers such as the Waterpik, for example, make flossing fun, so they’re great for anyone on your list who flat-out refuses to use string. According to RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist) magazine, the benefits of using a water flosser include:

  • Fewer infections
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Safe for use around implants and orthodontia
  • Deeper (by about 50 percent) cleaning into the pocket
  • Excellent plaque removal
  • Easy to use

Clinical studies show that water flossing is twice as effective as string floss at reducing bleeding, 51 percent more effective in reducing gingivitis, and 29 percent better at removing plaque.

Whitening Devices

You can buy your favorite whitening toothpaste or a basic whitening kit as a stocking stuffer, but you can also give the gift of professional teeth whitening. Devices like the GLO Brilliant, for example, use specialized technology to deliver heat and light to a mouthpiece that covers the teeth, a process that helps reduce stains and makes the whitening process work more effectively. Look for a kit that comes with a storage container, power cord and adapter, and travel case.

Tongue Scraper

This functional little stocking stuffer may help reduce bad breath. Although the American Dental Association notes that there isn’t any strong proof that scrapers are more effective than brushing, they do help remove excess plaque and bacteria, which could make them a fun extra tool to keep handy. Check out stainless steel tongue scrapers, which offer superior durability over plastic.

The Dental Trifecta

It may not be the most exciting gift, but a neatly wrapped trio of a new toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash makes a pragmatic and refreshing stocking stuffer. Whether you go all-natural with an eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush and organic toothpaste and mouthwash, or you opt for more mainstream brands, the dental trifecta is something that everyone can use.

Klement Dental wishes you a happy, healthy holiday season. Once the rush is over, call us at 727-498-1959727-498-1959 to schedule an appointment or to talk about the best ways to use any new gifts you received.