Since the holidays are upon us, you have likely started to search for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. We’ve got some great ideas for dental care-related gifts at several different price points, all of which are fun as well as functional!
Basic? Maybe. Important? Always. Creative? Potentially!
The perfect size for a stocking stuffer, a new toothbrush is a great gift, which pairs nicely with items that often share stocking space, like candy. Choose “soft” bristled brushes, because harder versions can damage enamel and even tear up gums. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist for recommendations based on your personal needs and habits. You should change your toothbrush at least once every three months, because old brushes can harbor bacteria. Also, worn bristles won’t effectively clean. Get creative by paying attention to color and design. If money’s no object, think the $4,000 Reinast Luxury Toothbrush. If that’s too rich for your blood (we get it and agree), pick up a superhero toothbrush for under $10.
A great gift idea for the entire family, an electronic brush from companies such as Sonicare or Oral B, provide clinically proven better cleaning than regular manual toothbrushes or simpler electric toothbrushes. This type of toothbrush vibrates very quickly — between 30,000 and 40,000 strokes per minute. This speed helps bristles dislodge particles from the teeth. This type of brush is also useful because it stimulates the gums, which some studies say reverses gum disease. If you would rather contain costs, consider a disposable electric toothbrush, available in most drug stores and supermarkets.
For the hard-to-shop-for on your list, such as teens or seniors, consider the gift of White Teeth (either as dental practice gift cards or prepaid Visa cards) which can offer a bright smile after one or more painless treatments. You might be surprised at how reasonable in-office whitening treatments can be. Another great option is a gel-based tooth bleaching system, offered at Blue Ocean Dentistry. Or, you can pick upover-the-counter whitening products such as bleaching kits, whitening strips and gels. While the results of this type of product is inferior to a professional system, it is an affordable stocking stuffer.
Sugar Free Gum
In lieu of sugar-laden snacks and sweats, opt for sugar free gum for kids’ stockings. Chewing stimulates saliva, which is helpful for rinsing and neutralizing acids in the mouth. And the “simulated sweet” of sugar-free gum produces more saliva than normal, staving off dry mouth…which is a breeding ground for oral bacterial. Give kids (and adults who have a sweet tooth) a gift that will promote healthy teeth and gums.
Despite research that proves that flossing saves teeth and gum, many people fail to floss. While they leave the dentist’s office with good intentions, it’s easy to let life get in the way. Without proper flossing, bacteria between teeth can lead to tooth decay as well as gum disease. What’s more, poor mouth hygiene has been linked to heart disease and other ailments. So, routine flossing is one of the best ways to remove hidden plaque and bacteria. Slip a few floss containers into holiday stockings to encourage better family health. Or consider alternatives designed to ease the process, such as individually wrapped Plackers or a Waterpik. Although these qualify as small gifts, when used properly, they can deliver a healthy set of teeth and gums. And what better gift could you give than that?
Some people brush properly, but rush the job. A tooth timer can provide a visual reminder (especially for kids) of the time necessary to achieve adequate brushing. Most people think that two minutes is sufficient to clean teeth. But the actual truth is that each mouth is unique. Brush your teeth for as long as it takes to get them clean. So that is usually at least two minutes. The next time you are having your teeth cleaned at Blue Ocean Dentistry, ask your hygienist or Dr. Wong for recommendations relative for your dental regimen.
Besides practical gifts, you could go with a novelty approach. Consider the classic wind-up chattering teeth that you can set loose across the carpet, or put some “Billy Bob” fake teeth into your favorite uncle’s stocking for a few laughs. Give someone a molar-design vase to display flowers, as well as reminding the recipient that it may be time for a regular dental checkup.
During the busy holiday season, don’t forget to care for your own teeth. Don’t forget to use untapped insurance funds, which will expire at the end of 2020. Call us today to find out (626) 852-6999-7581. Also, if you have a toothache, seek treatment. Scheduling an appointment with your dentist today will spare you from having to spend the holidays in an ER. Also, be careful about sugar intake, and be sure you brush frequently after every candy cane or gumdrop you choose to enjoy.
About Dr. Fred Wong of Blue Ocean Dentistry in Glendora, California
Dr. Fred Wong and the staff at Blue Ocean Dentistry use the latest available dental treatments, equipment, and materials – all of which make a marked difference in our patients’ experiences. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal dental health. We creatively combine dental science and artistry — which can literally redesign your smile. Since even a subtle change in your smile will help you to project self-confidence and high self-esteem, we love helping you feel good about yourself. We deliver the finest dental care at the most reasonable cost and accept most dental insurance plans as well as CareCredit. For more about the dental treatment plans we offer or to schedule an appointment, call today (626) 852-6999.