The Holidays are upon us again. As you go through your final checklist for stocking stuffers or small gift items, McNamara Orthodontics has some suggestions about what you can do to maintain your family’s dental health and gorgeous smile. Did you ever consider what it would be like without floss, whitener, or even a toothbrush?
Our ancestors had all kind of ways of keeping their teeth “clean.” Can you believe that they used salt and pine needles to clean their teeth?! Even though it doesn’t taste great, salt is a very effective tool for keeping teeth clean. Everyday foods like apples were also used to help clean teeth as well as baking soda that isn’t as abrasive salt.
Fortunately, in this day and age, finding what is needed to maintain good oral health is no more difficult that walking down and aisle in your local grocery or drugstore to find everything you need. Why not stop and replenish your family dental supplies this holiday season!
Consider creating dental kits for each age member of your family. We recommend a soft bristle toothbrush for any age group as well as their own dental floss. The American Dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush (or brush head, if you use an electric type) about every three months — more because of the wear on the bristles than germs.
Here are a few ideas to consider patients of all ages:
- Kids – Fun toothbrushes, flavored toothpaste, timers to make sure they brush long enough, and red disclosing tablets to show them where they are missing food after brushing. Always make it fun when teaching good dental habits to your kids.
- Teens and college students – Whitening is important to these age groups. Over the counter whitening kits are always a hit to maintain those pearly whites…
- Adults – They have varied issues to take into consideration. There is a reason there are so many different types of dental floss. Thinner floss for those with crowding and tight contacts and the thicker floss for spacing. Keep this in mind when making a choice. As we grow older gums recede and food accumulates more between teeth. Small disposable brushes to clean between teeth are always a hit.
- Family Gift – Electric toothbrush or a Water Pik makes a great family gift. Consider and extra brush head for each so there is always an extra on hand. There are many different types available today on the market. Wholesale discount stores offer great deals on the brushes and supply replacement heads in bulk. Check out the Internet for coupons for your favorite brand.
The ultimate holiday gift of course is a beautiful smile and healthy teeth that lasts a lifetime. If you or someone you love is self conscious about their smile, contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation and find out what orthodontic treatment options best suit your needs.
The team at McNamara Orthodontics wishes you a fun and safe holiday season! Remember, one of the best gifts you can give yourself is to take good care of your teeth!