The holidays are fast approaching. And this year in particular, all of us are focused on staying healthy and spending time at home with our families. That makes this the perfect year to give your family members holiday gifts that help to improve oral health. Remember that oral health is directly connected to your overall health, so healthy teeth and gums help you to remain healthy in every other way as well. What follows are a few gifts that will help you and your family enjoy good oral health throughout the holiday season and beyond.
- Electric toothbrush – Most dentists agree that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing leftover food particles than basic manual brushes. Fortunately, there are countless styles of electric toothbrushes to choose from in virtually every price range. Choose from a basic electric toothbrush from around $40 to much more expensive models with features like a two-minute timers and even a built-in water flosser if your holiday budget allows.
- Water flosser – Speaking of flossers, many dental health professionals tell us that adding a water flossing device to your daily oral hygiene routine is one of the most effective ways to enjoy not only cleaner teeth but much healthier gums as well. Once again, there are a variety of styles to choose from, and some of the simpler designs are surprisingly affordable, with some beginning in the $30 range.
- Over-the-counter teeth whitening products – What could be a better than enjoying whiter teeth during the holiday season? You’ll find a wide variety of OTC teeth-whitening products online and/or at local drugstores and supermarkets. Whitening pens, whitening strips and even LED whitening lights will help brighten the smile of any adult on your gift list.
- Oral health gift package – For a gift that is not only tooth-friendly but practical as well, put together an oral health gift package for someone in your family. Include items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and whitening strips, for example. This idea works for kids as well. Choose a themed gift package for your little one. It’s easy to find toothbrushes and toothpastes in kid-favorite flavors and fun themes like Santa or superheroes, for example.
In these trying times, we’re all doing everything we can to stay healthy, and maintaining good oral health is an essential part of that effort. Surprise your family members with any of these tooth-friendly gifts this holiday season for better oral (and overall) health!